Bad Bunny is hosting WWE Backlash on May 6, and a match against Logan Paul would garner all the attention WWE covets.
WWE Backlash is coming to fans again with another edition scheduled for Saturday, May 6. Big news about the show broke this week when it was announced that Bad Bunny is the individual set to host the event, as it will hail from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bunny has shown his prowess in the ring and is a major attraction across entertainment. WWE could also book what would be an interesting match if he and Logan Paul found a way to square off. For those not in the know, Paul and Bunny have an interesting backstory that could be used to mix real life with sports entertainment.
Paul has become a hot attraction for WWE. Not only is he a controversial figure in the public’s eye, but he’s performed well when in the ring. He and Seth Rollins are heading into a big match at WrestleMania, and it has the potential to be a show-stealer for the two-night showcase. But a match between Bad Bunny and Logan Paul has the potential to be an even bigger attraction thanks to the real-life “heat” between the two men.
WWE Backlash will take place in Puerto Rico, a land that is a “commonwealth” of the United States. It’s a location that is a popular travel destination, with tourism being its main industry. But it’s also a land that is overrun with gentrification, as more wealthy individuals move to the island to escape the tax laws within the mainland United States due to Act 22. Bunny used Paul and his brother Jake as examples of two wealthy individuals doing just that in a gentrification documentary that highlights its impact on Puerto Rico.
Paul tried to fire back at Bunny claiming that “Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican, living in Puerto Rico, who is privately taking advantage of the same tax program [Act 22] that he is publicly condemning,” Paul said in an interview on YouTube with Philip DeFranco.
Unfortunately for the often loud Paul, he is incorrect in this matter because Bunny is a native Puerto Rican, which makes him ineligible to take advantage of the program which is meant only for foreigners that move to the island. That back and forth lead to a lot of backlash toward Paul from the legions of fans that Bad Bunny drives as one of the biggest acts in entertainment today.
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Now, imagine WWE taking that backstory and presenting it as a part of an angle leading into Backlash. Paul is getting over as the big heel in the company, and seeing him and his words attempt to deride Bunny would certainly cause a stir. The type of stir that would generate the attraction of mainstream media as well.
Another piece of the equation is that both men have shown a determination to perform well in the ring. Bunny set the sports entertainment world on fire with his appearances at WrestleMania and in the Royal Rumble, while Paul continues to build his stock with matches against Roman Reigns and his own Rumble appearance. Given the proper time to train and build to a match, Bunny versus Paul has the mixings to create a compelling match to add to the card.
Fans often complain about the continued exposure of mainstream stars in professional wrestling, but they do have an impact by casting a spotlight on the industry. If WWE found a way to get Bad Bunny and Logan Paul to work together, despite their real-world animosity, that would be a storyline that would garner the attention worthy of a WWE PPV.