Everyone has their way of letting off steam after a long day at work. Some people binge on Netflix, others hit the gym, and some hunt Pokemon. VICE visited a place in the Bronx where everyone from lawyers to construction workers slip on some tights and throw each other around while strangers watch, enthralled by their every move. Daro’s Extreme Fitness, a gym housed in an unassuming brick building, doubles as the home for the Bronx Wrestling Federation. Founded by Frank Segundo, a Dominican who fell in love with Mexican lucha libre, the BWF has become a neighborhood institution where amateurs can get a taste of pro wrestling and where fans see it go down from up close. By day, Segundo is the founder of BWF, by night, he wrestles as Bronco Internacional. VICE took a tour of the BWF from John Torres, a budding filmmaker who also wrestles to carry on the tradition his father, “Lighting” Johnny Torres, passed along to him in his youth.
Bad Bunny made all his dreams come true this weekend at Wrestlemania. The Puerto Rican superstar defeated his WWE rival The Miz and announced a U.S. tour.
Bad Bunny and The Miz finally faced off in the ring.
Bad Bunny made his Wrestlemania debut on Saturday night. After the past few months of a growing rivalry with Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, the two took it to the ring in a main event match. Benito walked out to his song “Booker T,” an homage to the WWE legend. It was exciting to hear the announcer say, “From Vega Baja, Puerto Rico: Bad Bunny!” Benito teamed up with Damien Priest against The Miz and John Morrison. After a few high-flying moves, the Boricua duo emerged victorious.
Like many wrestling fans, The Miz was impressed by Bad Bunny’s Wrestlemania debut.
The WWE caught up with The Miz and Morrison after their defeat. The Miz echoed much of the WWE fandom’s thoughts that night after seeing Bad Bunny commit to his performance in the ring. “I can’t believe I’m actually going to say this, but he gained my respect,” The Miz said. Morrison made a bad pun after saying there was a “luck factor” involved because “rabbits are lucky.”
Triple H helped Bad Bunny announce his 2022 U.S. tour.
During night two of Wrestlemania, Bad Bunny dropped his surprise announcement of his 2022 U.S. Tour. In the clip, WWE legend Triple H thanks Benito for his “amazing” job at Wrestlemania and then passes him a suitcase. While sitting on top of his El Último Tour Del Mundo big rig, Bad Bunny finds a microphone inside of the suitcase.
Bad Bunny’s U.S. Tour will kick off on Feb. 9 in Denver. From dates revealed so far, the tour will run until April 2022. The tickets go on-sale on Friday, April 16, at 12PM local time.
Bad Bunny 2022 U.S. Tour Dates:
2/9 Denver CO – Ball Arena 2/11 El Paso, TX – Utep Don Haskins Center 2/13 Hidalgo, TX – Payne Arena 2/16 Houston, TX – Toyota Center 2/18 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center 2/23 San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena 2/24 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center 2/25 Inglewood, CA – The Forum 2/28 Portland, OR – Moda Center 3/1 Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena 3/3 San Jose, CA – SAP Center 3/5 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena 3/6 Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Suns Arena 3/10 Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena 3/14 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena 3/16 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center 3/18 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center 3/19 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center 3/22 Boston, MA – TD Garden 3/23 Montreal, QC – Bell Center 3/25 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena 3/26 Charlotte, NJ – Spectrum Center 3/27 Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena 3/29 Orlando, FL – Amway Center 4/1 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
Bad Bunny is going to Wrestlemania. The Puerto Rican superstar will face his rival Mike “The Miz” Mizanin on April 10. Here’s a roadmap of his journey to the WWE main event.
Bad Bunny made his WWE debut in January with Booker T.
Bad Bunny’s affinity for WWE and wrestling is no secret. He released an ode to one of his favorite wrestlers Booker T on his chart-topping El Último Tour Del Mundo album. Benito turned those WWE dreams into reality on Jan. 31 with his first appearance during the Royal Rumble special. He performed “Booker T” alongside the man himself.
That’s when Benito started beefing with The Miz.
During Bad Bunny’s debut in January, he got embroiled in a rivalry with The Miz and John Morrison. After his first performance of “Booker T,” The Miz destroyed Benito’s DJ set. When The Miz and Morrison were in the ring for the Royal Rumble, they were distracted when they saw Benito approaching. Both guys were pushed out of the ring and then Bad Bunny let the world know “los conejos brincan” when jumped on top of them from the top rope.
In February, Benito became the 24/7 Champion.
On February 15, Bad Bunny became more of an authority at the WWE when he won the 24/7 Championship on Monday Night Raw. While in the middle of an interview, Bad Bunny and his ally Damien Priest witnessed R-Truth lose the 24/7 title to Akira Tozawa. A few seconds after Tozawa’s short-lived reign, Priest knocked him out and told Benito to pin the wrestler. Following the 3-count, Bad Bunny became the 24/7 Champion. This was in the same week he performed on SNL with Rosalía.
Then he traded that away a month later for Stone Cold merch.
Bad Bunny is one of the few wrestlers to hold the 24/7 Championship for more than a day. Exactly a month later, he forfeited the championship belt in a trade with R-Truth for some “Stone Cold” Steve Austin merch. R-Truth told Benito he could put his newly-won Grammy Award in the Stone Cold lunchbox. During that episode, The Miz upped his beef with Benito by hitting him in the back with a guitar.
Bad Bunny and the Miz have it out for each other.
As Wrestlemania draws closer, the tensions between Bad Bunny and The Miz keep rising. On this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, he hit The Miz square in the mouth. The guys will face off on the first night of Wrestlemania on April 10. It will be a special two-part event carrying into the next day on April 11.