BAD Bunny is likely to go down as one of the greatest ever celebrity performers in WWE.
Since making his debut in the 2021 Royal Rumble, the Puerto Rican rapper has impressed the entire wrestling ecosystem with his athletic ability and off-the-mat antics.
Bad Bunny has become a leading character in WWECredit: WWE
The rapper has been used to promote Monday Night RawCredit: WWE
He is poised to take his WWE presence to a completely new level this weekend, when he competes against former tag team partner Damien Priest in a San Juan Street Fight at WWE Backlash in Puerto Rico.
The pay-per-view event is the first to be held in the country since New Year’s Revolution in 2005.
Bad Bunny, who recently performed at Coachella and is dating Kendall Jenner, was originally due to host the high-profile fight card but such has been his rise in WWE that he is now taking on Priest in what is likely to be the highlight of the evening.
Ahead of WWE Backlash, here are some of Bad Bunny’s most iconic moments in WWE.
‘Booker T’ performance at 2021 Royal Rumble
A childhood wrestling fan, Bad Bunny fulfilled a long-standing dream by performing his song Booker T from his chart-topping album El Último Tour Del Mundo at the 2021 Royal Rumble.
Former WWE superstar Booker T not only appeared with Bad Bunny in the video, he was also on stage for the performance at the Royal Rumble at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Bad Bunny performs with Booker T during the 2021 Royal RumbleCredit: YouTube / WWE
The Puerto Rican sang the song Booker T named after the WWE superstarCredit: YouTube / WWE
Later in the evening during the main event Royal Rumble event, Bad Bunny got involved in the action after The Miz smashed his equipment along with tag team partner John Morrison.
Bad Bunny stormed down the ramp seeking blood and as Miz and Morrison tried to goad him into entering the ring, Priest took advantage of the distraction to eliminate both Miz and Morrison with a double clothesline over the top rope.
Then to everyone’s surprise, Bad Bunny climbed to the top rope to do a diving crossbody onto Miz and Morrison.
Securing 24/7 Championship title
A month later, Bad Bunny won the defunct 24/7 Championship on Monday Night Raw by pinning Japanese wrestler Akira Tozawa.
Bad Bunny’s then WWE ally Priest took down Tozawa by slamming his head off an equipment case backstage, allowing the rapper to get the easy win.
Akira Tozawa celebrates winning the 24/7 Championship beltCredit: YouTube / WWE
Damien Priest helps Bad Bunny win the belt from TozawaCredit: YouTube / WWE
Bad Bunny showcased the belt in a performance on Saturday Night Live later that week.
A few weeks later, he decided to forfeit the title by handing the title over to R-Truth on Monday Night Raw in exchange for some Stone Cold Steve Austin merchandise.
High praise for WrestleMania debut
In April 2021, Bad Bunny hit completely new heights in WWE when he took part in a tag-team match during the first night of WrestleMania 37 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
He partnered up with Priest to take on Miz and Morrison.
Bad Bunny teamed up with Priest at WrestleMania 37Credit: YouTube / WWE
Bad Bunny impressed the audience with his wrestling skillsCredit: YouTube / WWE
The rapper also showed off his athletic ability with a leap off the top ropeCredit: YouTube / WWE
Bad Bunny fared far better than anyone could have expected, arriving at the ring in spectacular style on a semi-truck with fireworks to boot.
He showed surprising athletic ability and at one one point, he even took to the top rope and flew into Miz and Morrison.
Bad Bunny ended up pinning former WWE champion Miz, to amazingly win the match.
He told James Corden on Carpool Karaoke: “That day, I’m not 100 per cent sure, but I think that’s the best day of my life.
“Yes, that’s the best day of my life.”
Afterwards, WWE legend and leading executive Triple H congratulated the singer on Twitter.
He posted: “.@sanbenito’s performance at #WrestleMania was simply … awesome.
“He has truly earned all of our #Respect!”
Surprise appearance at 2022 Royal Rumble
Bad Bunny made a high-profile return to WWE in the 2022 Royal Rumble in St. Louis, Missouri, when he ran to the ring as the surprise No. 27 entrant.
He proceeded to eliminate both Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler and pulled off an incredible move called the “Destroyer” on Matt Riddle.
Bad Bunny was the surprise No. 27 entrant in the 2022 Royal RumbleCredit: YouTube / WWE
He eliminated Sheamus as well as Dolph ZigglerCredit: YouTube / WWE
However, his energetic and exciting seven-minute spell in the ring ended when he was body-slammed and then thrown out of the ring by Brock Lesnar.
WWE celebrated his return by releasing a Bad Bunny T-shirt on its online merchandise store.
Helping Rey Mysterio defeat Dominik at WrestleMania 39
In April 2023, Bad Bunny had a surprise cameo at WrestleMania 39 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles when he initially joined the Spanish commentary team for a grudge match between WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio and his son Dominik Mysterio.
Near the end of the fight, Bad Bunny became an active participant when he stopped Dominik from hitting his father with a steel chain.
Rey took advantage of the distraction and hit the 619 move for the victory.
Origin of feud with Priest
The day after WrestleMania 39 on Monday Night Raw, Dominik continued his feud with Bad Bunny, leading to the rapper slapping the wrestler.
This move angered the watching Priest, who is part of The Judgment Day stable with Dominik.
Bad Bunny exchanges words with Dominik Mysterio on Monday Night RawCredit: YouTube / WWE
Priest took exception to Bad Bunny attacking MysterioCredit: WWE
Priest slaps his former ally setting up their clash on WWE BacklashCredit: YouTube / WWE
Priest first grabbed Bad Bunny from the fan section and threw him over the barricade.
He then delivered a choke slam to the musician through the announcers’ table.
The feud between the pair continued and during a Monday Night Raw appearance a few weeks later Bad Bunny attacked Priest with a kendo stick before challenging his former friend to a street fight match at WWE Backlash on May 6 in his home of Puerto Rico.
“I’m not hosting Backlash any more,” Bad Bunny told Priest in front of the cheering Raw crowd.
“Now I’m going to Puerto Rico to kick your ass.”
Priest responded: “In Puerto Rico, I’m going to end your entire career.”
The match was made official shortly after.