‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson has spoken out against WWE’s usage of current 24/7 Champion and international recording artist Bad Bunny.
While there is a long history of celebrities in professional wrestling from Muhammed Ali to Kevin Federline, the paying public hasn’t always been willing to accept outsiders into the sport of kings as they have Bad Bunny.
Following the star’s appearance at the 2021 Royal Rumble where he performed the song ‘Booker T’ and got involved in the action by diving from the top rope onto The Miz and John Morrison, the songsmith became a regular face on WWE television alongside Damian Priest and one of the company’s top merchandise sellers with over half a million dollars accumulated as of writing.
Now, Arn Anderson has sat down on his ARN Podcast to talk about how such affiliations are detrimental to the product because the paying public don’t know who the people WWE bring in are:
“I don’t know anything about Bad Bunny. If they’re not big fans, what are they doing on our show? Wrestling fans are dedicated to a wrestling show and wrestlers. They are not there to see Hollywood stars or anything of that nature. It’s an aggravation to them when they don’t know who it is, if I don’t know who it is I just watch their performance on the show and critique it for what it is.
[Wrestling fans] get pissed because it’s down time. The celebrities that we’ve had over the years had nothing to do with wrestling whatsoever, you can just see it from the fans. The fact is there’s a place, it’s called the rest of the world that’s not America, and if he’s a big star, there’s probably a reason for it.”
On February 15, Bad Bunny captured the WWE 24/7 Championship and has been heavily rumoured to be training at the Performance Centre ahead of a potential WrestleMania 37 clash against The Miz and John Morrison.
Credit for the interview: ARN Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.