Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Brian Kendrick has commented on his role in training Bad Bunny.
In a bout which many fans considered the highlight of Backlash 2023, the Puerto Rican rapper defeated Damian Priest in a street fight.
Following initial reports that Brian Kendrick had produced the match, it was later clarified that Kendrick had actually helped Bad Bunny prepare for the bout with in-ring training.
Speaking on Sportskeeda’s WrestleBinge podcast, Kendrick explained how his relationship with the celebrity came to be:
“So the way I got involved (initially) was when he had his tag match, WrestleMania in Tampa. When he was doing the Grammys out in L.A., I had access to a ring.
“He wanted to continue to train, he had already been training in Orlando with Drew Gulak and Adam Pearce and I know there’s some luchadors that helped him out as well.
“I don’t remember who but I know he’d been down there training and then I just met him when he came out for the Grammys and we clicked, at least what I thought the training should be.
“I think he liked what I thought the training should be and that was it. That’s how I got brought back, I think through his and Damian Priest’s assistance because we had a nice working relationship, and so far, I think he was very comfortable working with me and trusted that I would make sure he didn’t get hurt.”
Noting that he always intended to work on Bad Bunny’s striking, Kendrick said:
“Dude, I’ll tell ya, the stuff that I wanted to work on, like punches because you’re gonna be throwing punches. You’re not gonna be doing arm drags. Let’s see some punches.
“Man, I think he throws some pretty good punches and there’s a lot of wrestlers who can’t throw a punch.
“They won’t throw ‘em in a match because they can’t throw ‘em good and I think Bunny throws a punch that you can feel his intent behind it and that’s what matters.
“Not the precision but the intent and I think you can feel it. His timing, his camera awareness. I think he was a natural, a natural showman.”
Another former WWE star has praised Bad Bunny’s in-ring performances, which you can read more about right here.
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