Not only did Bad Bunny get a lot of praise for his work, but he also truly appreciated the pro wrestling world after working so hard to compete at the event. Bad Bunny also stated that pro wrestling is ‘100% real’ and this garnered a lot of positive reception from fans and Superstars alike.
While speaking to SHAK Wrestling, Damian Priest talked about working with Bad Bunny and training with him. Priest revealed that Randy Orton told Bad Bunny backstage that he had earned his respect.
“Just like the fans, you know, when you see an outsider, it’s kind of like (rolls eyes), you know, just because we’re so passionate about it,” Priest said. “Not that we have a problem with that person, we’re just passionate about our business and we like it being treated as such. So someone like Bad Bunny coming in, of course, there are going to be eye rolls and whatnot.
But then you see the other side and it’s like, ‘oh no, he’s one of us,’ you know? I remember we were walking backstage, and at that time it was the Thunderdome, and Randy Orton stops because he was crossing us, and said, ‘hey, I just want to say thank you for showing us the respect like no other. People don’t usually do it this way. And he goes, ‘I just want to say thank you and you’ve earned our respect.’
It wasn’t even about me. I was just standing there and I thought it was one of the coolest things ever. I was like, ‘man, that’s cool.’ Because, first, it was Randy Orton, who is the man, and then just him going out of his way to say that to Bad Bunny, and then Bad Bunny actually understating how big that is. Like, he was so humbled by that. That was just cool stuff. That shows the respect.
So when he acted that way, yes, everybody accepted him and everybody was happy that somebody from a different world came in like that and it gives hope. Like, ‘oh, you know what? Maybe others will be like this from now on too.’”
Bad Bunny’s Royal Rumble appearance this year was a one-off. This is because he will be busy with his touring all year round and is unlikely to make it for WrestleMania 38. We’ll have to see when Bad Bunny will appear on WWE television once again.