Watch: Amid Praise for His Wrestling Appearance, Bad Bunny Announces 2022 Tour

Monday April 12, 2021

Bad Bunny in his appearance at the WWE on Saturday night, April 10, 2021
Bad Bunny in his appearance at the WWE on Saturday night, April 10, 2021  (Source:WWE)

Reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny lived out a childhood fantasy on Saturday when he appeared in a tag-team match against The Miz and John Morrison at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Then on Sunday he announced the El Último Tour del Mundo 2022—a tour named for his 2020 album of the same name, reports Pitchfork. The dates range from February to April across North America and tickets go on sale April 16 at 12 p.m.

"The announcement video features WWE star Triple H, who praised Bad Bunny's performance in the ring at WrestleMania 37 last night. Bad Bunny earned widespread praise for his in-ring skills at WrestleMania, where he hit a Canadian Destroyer (which he called the Bunny Destroyer). Watch that happen below, as well," adds Pitchfork.

"El Último Tour del Mundo" was one of three albums Bad Bunny released last year, following "YHLQMDLG" and "Las Que No Iban a Salir." "El Último Tour del Mundo" was the first Spanish-language No. 1 record in the chart's history. He won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop or Urban Album this year for "YHLQMDLG."

At the Saturday event, which Bad Bunny teased with a sexy pic, he "showed out in his first-ever WWE match, teaming up with Damian Priest to defeat The Miz & John Morrison in impressive fashion," wrote WWE Network in reporting on the event.

"Barreling into Raymond James Stadium atop an 18-wheeler, Bad Bunny seemingly showed a few nerves as he walked toward the squared circle, understandable given the magnitude of the situation. But the Grammy winner soon proved any doubters wrong," wrote WWE Network.

"The resulting fight was well-received by wrestling fans who praised the singer's remarkably adept (for a celebrity!) moves and preparation," wrote Rolling Stone. "The knockdown, drag-out battle ultimately ended with Bad Bunny and Priest victorious."

Watch the match below.

The 27-year-old "first established himself as an unpredictable talent over a couple of years of consistent hits in the Latinx mainstream, including the emo-trap anthem 'Soy Peor,' the piano ballad 'Amorfoda,' which showed off his honeyed baritone, and a bounty of scene-stealing features," wrote Pitchfork in a 2020 interview.

He had his first break in 2016 while attending university to study audiovisual communications and working in a supermarket with the SoundCloud hit, "Diles," which reached 1 million plays in two weeks.

The interview noted his social and political activism, especially pertaining to Puerto Rico, where he was raised in a coastal town about an hour from San Juan. In 2019 "when 800 pages of sexist, racist, homophobic, and corrupt Telegram chats involving the U.S. territory's former governor Ricardo Rosselló leaked, Benito cancelled what remained of his European tour to join the reggaetón-punctuated protests that spurred Rosselló's resignation," reported Pitchfork. "Alongside fellow Boricuas Residente and iLe, he also recorded 'Afilando Los Cuchillos,' a protest song that glints with the deadly clarity of a community that knows all too well what it means to be taken advantage of."

He has also been called by Ricky Martin as "an icon for the Latin queer community," reported The Guardian. "Martin's generous praise falls in line with the recent attention Bunny has received on social media and from LGBTQ publications. The eccentric, gender-bending rapper was praised for speaking out against the murder of a trans women in Puerto Rico during a live performance on US TV and adopting a drag persona in the video for his track 'Yo Perreo Sola.'"

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