There were conflicting reports about whether or not Bunny was well-received in the WWE locker room, as the screen time he takes up is screen time taken from other wrestlers. Priest insists that Bunny is well-liked in the back, and has shown nothing but respect and admiration for his peers.
In fact, being the wrestling fanboy that he is, sometimes Bunny has to temper that admiration. “I see it all the time,” Priest says, laughing. “He’ll see somebody and be mesmerized. I know he was excited to talk to Randy Orton at the last Raw. But he’s mostly quiet and doesn’t want to intrude.”
The Miz, ever the heel, wasn’t as willing to call Bunny a beloved figure in the locker room. He preferred to lean into the idea that his Wrestlemania opponent is resented for holding other wrestlers back.
“Superstars work their entire life to get a Wrestlemania match,” Miz says, again partially in character. “This guy comes in a couple months ago and is now going against one of the most decorated superstars ever at Wrestlemania? I’m not just doing this for me. I’m doing this for every superstar who isn’t on the Wrestlemania card — the ones whose spot he took. He thinks he’s going to waltz in and embarrass me, but that’s not going to happen. You step into my ring, you are going to get hurt.”
The Miz isn’t the only one talking a big game. After months of training Bunny, Pearce proudly feels his most famous student “is going to surprise the WWE Universe” and says fans “haven’t seen anything yet.” But what happens after the ref counts to three, and a victorious Miz or Bunny gets his arm raised by the referee? Will Bad Bunny continue to live out his lucha libre dreams -- or does he go back to his day job as one of the world’s biggest pop stars?
“I don’t know,” Pearce says. “I don’t think this guy has a pause button. If he’s interested in continuing in sports entertainment, I can’t see any reason why we wouldn’t want to have him.”