Savio Vega Details How WWE Backlash Appearance Happened

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Savio Vega has commented about how he made a surprise appearance at WWE Backlash to help Bad Bunny pick up a big win.

Bad Bunny competed in his first WWE singles match this past Saturday at Backlash in his home country of Puerto Rico. The San Juan Street Fight between Bad Bunny and Damian Priest saw them fight all over the building and others got involved too.

After Damian Priest got help from Finn Balor and Dominik Mysterio (Priest’s buddies from The Judgment Day), Rey Mysterio ran out to help Bad Bunny. Rey was not alone because former WWE superstar Carlito, who was with the company in the 2000s also went out to battle The Judgment Day.

Later in the match, a former WWE superstar from the 1990s appeared – it was Savio Vega. Longtime WWE fans know Vega from his run in the company from 1993 to 1999. Some of us even remember his run as Kwang, even though that was something we wish we could forget.

Savio Vega, who also appeared backstage before the match to hand Bad Bunny a kendo stick, took care of Finn Balor with a signature kick. All of the help allowed Bad Bunny to beat Priest and win the match. After the match, Bad Bunny, Vega, Carlito and the LWO all celebrated in front of a hot Puerto Rican crowd that loved it.

In an interview with Tom Campbell of Cultaholic Wrestling, Puerto Rican wrestling legend Savio Vega spoke about how talking to Damian Priest led to the Backlash appearance.

“They got in contact with me because this is the mastermind of Damian Priest and Bad Bunny. They’re both fans of me, I discovered that when I went to the farewell of The Undertaker. I saw Damian Priest there and as soon as I see him, I went to him and said, ‘Hey, man, how you doing?’ I said, I want to take a picture with you.’ He said, ‘I want to take a picture with you.’ I said, ‘No, I want to take a picture with you.’ So I talked to him a little bit there, my experience and stuff like that.”

“We don’t talk too much, but we keep in touch by phone. So this idea was them. More Damian Priest and he said, ‘I’d like to have these two guys in Puerto Rico when they find out they’re gonna do this pay-per-view over here.’ The dream came true, and then the rest was to put the puzzle together.”

“Soon that happened, the company called me and [asked] if I’m interested to be part of it. I said, ‘Why not? Yes, let’s do it.’ They said, ‘Carlito’s gonna be in town.’ I said, ‘Bring him down too. That’s good.’ It was great.”

As he continued, Savio Vega spoke about what the Backlash appearance felt like.

“That was incredible. That was so… I don’t know how to describe it. We know, of course, the fans in Puerto Rico will have a good reaction. The [pop] when they see my face next to Rey Mysterio and Bad Bunny, my god. I was in shock, to be honest. I was like, wow. The biggest pop of the night, that’s what the crew says.”

Savio Vega would then go on to speak about how he didn’t get a chance to wrestle in Puerto Rico while he was in WWE, so it meant a lot to him to be a part of Backlash.

“I continue to wrestle here in Puerto Rico, I have my company, IWA Puerto Rico. The fans see me here or there, they see me on television doing promotion and this and that, and it’s okay. They love what they see, what we’re doing here in Puerto Rico.”

“Now, Bad Bunny and Damian Priest, they’re gonna wrestle, two Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico, never been done before. When I was with them and Carlito was with them, I don’t know if Carlito had the chance to go to Puerto Rico, I’m not sure. But I don’t have that chance because they didn’t travel to Puerto Rico by that time.”

According to Savio Vega, he loves the attention from the Backlash event because it helps the local wrestling in Puerto Rico.

“So it’s like wow, now they’re coming with this huge event. The event was okay, but having Bad Bunny there made it a little bit bigger. Here in Puerto Rico, everybody’s talking about that, the news, the talk shows, you make it. Just today, I did five interviews. Tomorrow I have more, and the next day and the next day. So I love that, and that helps the local wrestling here. What an experience.”

H/T Fightful