A little more than two months after 43-year-old Tom Brady led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title on Tampa Bay’s home turf, a fellow forty-something, veteran WWE superstar will strut into WrestleMania 37 with the ring staged on the same Raymond James Stadium field where Brady raised the Lombardi Trophy. Similar to the veteran quarterback, The Miz’s professional wrestling career spans nearly two decades, in which he’s won the WWE Championship twice and held 20 belts in all. While no title will be on the line Saturday night, all eyes will be on the squared circle when The Miz and John Morrison clash with Grammy award-winning pop icon Bad Bunny and his tag-team partner, Damian Priest, in a historic celebrity crossover wrestling event. Bad Bunny is the first musician in WrestleMania history to be listed on the fight card.
|WrestleMania 37: The Miz & Morrison vs Bad Bunny & Priest||Betting Odds to Win|
|The Miz and Morrison||+500|
|Bad Bunny and Priest||-950|
Minor injuries to both Morrison and Priest initially forced WWE to pit Miz against Bad Bunny head-to-head, but the tag team partners both cleared medical hurdles and were later added to the bout. What’s interesting for bettors is that bookmakers over at BetOnline pegged Bunny as the -850 heavy favorite over Miz +450 in the previously announced singles match. However, Bunny’s WrestleMania 37 betting odds have only improved with the addition of Priest to the mix up from -850 to -950. Miz and Morrison are 5-to-1 underdogs.
Bad Bunny’s WWE Timeline and Road to WrestleMania 37
Bad Bunny: WWE Superfan
Before he was known around the world as Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican pop singer was simply Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio. His love of music and fashion could only be rivaled by one other thing: professional wrestling. Even as his music, popularity and brand started to soar, he continued to name drop professional wrestling names in his songs. Check out this 2017 promotional video for Bunny’s hit song “Chambea” where WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair not only helped introduce the video, but also appears in it, dancing alongside the pop singer.
So, yeah, Bad Bunny isn’t appearing at WrestleMania 37 for a fun cameo photo opp or brand exposure. He’s a true believer and reportedly been training at WWE’ performance center ahead of this Saturday’s primetime event.
How The Miz-Bad Bunny Feud Started
Back in late-January during Royal Rumble, Bunny performed his smash hit “Booker T” named after, who else, the professional wrestler of the same name. After the set, The Miz smashed Bunny’s DJ equipment on his way to the ring evidently taking exception to Bunny turning down Miz’s offer to mentor him and collaborate. Bad Bunny wasn’t about to go silently and later things escalated to this Royal Rumble moment:
Guitar Heroes: Miz Challenges Bunny, He Accepts
In the weeks that followed Royal Rumble, The Miz continued to verbally bash Bad Bunny before challenging him to a match at WrestleMania 37. With an assist from Morrison, “The Awesome One” delivered the pop singer a Honky Tonk Man-approved message that he was serious.
It didn’t take long for Bad Bunny to accept Miz’s offer and return the blind-side smash hit.
Miz & Morrison “Hey, Hey, Hop, Hop” World Premiere
In a continued effort to lambaste and poke fun at Bad Bunny’s moniker and primary profession, The Miz and Morrison dropped a parody music video titled “Hey, Hey, Hop, Hop” and premiered it during Monday Night Raw.
It doesn’t appear Bunny enjoyed or approved of The Miz’s latest personal attack. So, the pop singer took matters into his own fists.
— WWE on BT Sport (@btsportwwe) March 30, 2021
Bunny’s $3,600,000 Bugatti Vandalized
As one final middle finger to Bad Bunny ahead of his WrestleMania debut, The Miz and Morrison displayed their artistic talents by taking red paint to the Grammy-award winner’s $3.6-million Bugatti. When Bunny came to assess the damage, The Miz attacked him from the blind side once again and Morrison helped chuck Bunny across the hood of another car. Shortly thereafter it was officially announced that Damian Priest and Morrison would in fact turn Miz-v-Bunny into a tag-team match Saturday night.
How to Watch WrestleMania 37
The two-night WrestleMania 37 primetime event starts this Saturday and will be hosted by arguably the most popular wrestler of all-time Hulk Hogan and Tampa’s own Titus O’Neil. A limited number of fans will be allowed inside Raymond James Stadium to enjoy the festivities, while those at home in the United States can check it out on NBC’s Peacock streaming service and WWE Network worldwide.
|WrestleMania 37 Event Details|
|Date: Saturday April 10 & Sunday April 11 | 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m PT|
|Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Tampa Bay, Florida|
|Expected Attendance: 25,000 (due to Covid-19)|
|TV Coverage: Peacock Streaming & WWE Network|
|Hosts: Hulk Hogan & Titus O’Neil|
|Top WrestleMania 37 Betting Site: BetOnline|
More WrestleMania 37 Betting Odds
Aside from the Bad Bunny crossover, here are more WrestleMania 37 odds for some high profile matches.
For those unfamiliar, Orton set The Fiend on fire in the past before the freaky alter ego of Bray Wyatt was “reborn” recently, bandages and all, to set up this unique matchup. The Fiend’s previous matches are more creative licensed storytelling than head butts and clotheslines. For example, during the “rebirth,” his hand shot through the bottom of the ring before he confronted Orton. The wacky plot makes for a compelling outside-the-box wrestling bout.
A war of words between the two has led to a steel cage match inside Raymond James Stadium. McMahon, son of WWE CEO Vince McMahon, is notorious for some risky maneuvers in past events including when he launched himself off the top of a steel cage in an attempt to land an elbow drop on Undertaker at WrestleMania 32. McMahon choose poorly.
According to reports, Ripley, the former NXT Women’s Champion, wasn’t the first choice to face Asuka for the RAW Women’s Championship and there’s still a chance that Charlotte Flair, who is recovering from COVID-19, could return in time to make this title match a triple-threat bout.
Best WrestleMania Celebrity Matches
While Bad Bunny will be the first musician in WWE history to be an opponent in a featured WrestleMania matchup, dozens of celebrities have made cameo appearances.
At WrestleMania 23 back in 2007, then common citizen Donald Trump took part in the “Battle of the Billionaires” in which he backed eventual winner Bobby Lashley, clotheslined Vince McMahon and shaved the WWE head honcho balled. As we know, Trump would later go on to become the 45th President of the United States and leader of the free world 2017-2021.
Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” reality show, took part in a 6-person mixed tag team match at WrestleMania 27. Her backflips and light-on-her feet agility helped lead to a 1-2-3 pin and, for her squad, the win.
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal made his way to the squared circle at WrestleMania 32 during the “Andre the Giant” Battle Royal. He and veteran wrestler Big Show had beef dating back to when Shaq hosted RAW in the past and though O’Neal was eliminated from the battle royal, it was hoped that he would meet Big Show in a one-on-one match at WrestleMania 33. Those dreams fizzled because, according to Big Show, “Maybe he doesn’t want to put on spandex and show the entire world that Shaquille O’Neal, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, looks like Jabba the Hutt.” Speaking of Mr. Show…
Floyd “Money” Mayweather retired from boxing with an unblemished 50-0 record. He was challenged by Big Show to a no disqualifications match at WrestleMania 24, which Mayweather accepted. The 5-foot-8-inch boxer knocked out the 7-foot wrestler courtesy of some brass knuckles. It was reported by the AP that Mayweather was paid $20-million for his time and knockout blow.
Like Bad Bunny, Mr. T made his professional wrestling debut at WrestleMania I back in 1985 inside New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The actor, best known for his role as Clubber Lang in the “Rocky” movie franchise, was paired with WWF Heavyweight Champion, Hulk Hogan, in a tag team bout against Rowdy Roddy Piper and Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff. Being that it was the first WrestleMania and in an effort to make a splash in NYC, this main event featured a who’s who of pop culture icons including special guest referee Muhammad Ali, Yankees manager Billy Martin as the guest ring announcer and even Liberace as the special guest time keeper. Mr. T and Hogan won the match and actually led to more appearances by the one who pities the fool including a boxing match at WrestleMania 2 against Rowdy Roddy Piper in which Mr. T won in the fourth round due to Piper’s disqualification.