Damian Priest says Bad Bunny went to bat for him after he was almost scrapped from Bunny’s WrestleMania storyline.
At WrestleMania 37, worldwide megastar Bad Bunny made his wrestling debut in a tag team match against John Morrison and The Miz. In that match, he teamed with Damian Priest, who was also making his WrestleMania debut.
At one point in time, the match was announced to be just a singles match between Bad Bunny and The Miz, despite the fact that Damian was already a major part of the angle. Eventually, it was changed to the tag team match and Bunny received critical acclaim for how well the match came across for featuring a non-wrestling celebrity.
Now, speaking on the Battleground Podcast, Priest reveals that just before the Royal Rumble, he was actually told he was not going to be a part of the angle anymore but that all changed when Triple H said that he believed Priest and Bunny had a more realistic pairing and genuine chemistry.
Also, Bad Bunny specifically requested that Damian Priest be a part of the angle after it was briefly suggested that they were going to switch things up.
"So I don't know whose idea initially it was to pair us up. I do know that initially, we were supposed to be paired and he came to the Performance Center. I met him there like the week before the Royal Rumble and we hit it off immediately. We grew up in the same town in Puerto Rico, you know, just our mindset of how we handle ourselves, where people you know, told us [that in order] to make it we have to change the way we speak and change the way we dress and conform to whatever and we just never agreed with that. We always [believed] to succeed is to make it on your terms, not on somebody else's. We had that in common and then obviously being super fans of this business. So we became like instant friends. [Then], the day before the Royal Rumble, we got scrapped, like I wasn't supposed to be a part of it."
Damian continued, "Then come [time for] the Royal Rumble. It was back on. Triple H [spoke to him about the supposed switch]. He's like, 'Hey, I don't know why they told me that wasn't that was gonna change. But no, we're still gonna go with this. Because this is the way it should this is this. This is more realistic. Like, it's an actual thing that you guys make sense.' Actually, it was also Bad Bunny where they asked him, they told him like, 'Hey, we're gonna switch to this,' and he actually spoke up and said, No, I want to work with Priest. That's actually really cool because if he would have said, 'Okay, yeah, I'd rather work with somebody else,' they would have given whatever he wanted. But he specifically said he wanted me to work with him."
In recent interviews, Priest had stated that he was told if his WrestleMania angle with Bad Bunny didn't go well, he would be looking at a major downturn in his career. Learn more here.
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