Bad Bunny was the WWE 24/7 Champion, but then he gave up that title on Raw this week. That caused a lot of questions about why WWE decided to have him relinquish the belt instead of lose it.
The Grammy Award winning rapper handed the WWE 24/7 Title over to R-Truth after saying that Truth deserves it more than he does. Bad Bunny didn’t walk away empty handed, because he also got a Steve Austin “smoking skull” replica title out of the trade.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed this situation and why they took the title off of Bad Bunny in this way. They didn’t want him to lose and look bad, but they also wanted the world famous rapper to appear on SNL with his title.
“I don’t want to say that he wouldn’t do the job [lose] because the reality of it is that I have no idea because they wouldn’t want him to lose either. From [WWE’s] standpoint, they wouldn’t want him to lose. It’s one of those things. This is the epitome, we put the belt on him so he’ll go on Saturday Night Live and the Grammys and he’ll have the belt, right? We don’t want him to even lose to lose it, so he traded it for a Steve Austin replica belt. That is the way they got the title off of Bad Bunny. That was definitely unique.”
Bad Bunny did not have the WWE 24/7 Title in tow at the Grammy Awards on the night prior to handing over the championship. He did walk out of the Grammy Awards with a new trophy.
Bunny and WWE aren’t done. He is set for a WrestleMania match and The Miz jumpstarted that by nailing him with a cheap shot this week. For the record, Bad Bunny has been training in the pro wrestling ring, and he’s taking it seriously.
Transcription by Thirsty