WWE decided to promote Dave Batista's Army of the Dead during the pay-per-view WrestleMania Backlash 2021 that aired last Sunday. To this end, the management of the Stamford company opted for the use of a series of zombies during the match between Damian Priest and The Miz.
Interviewed by Dan Mirade of Boston Wrestling MWF, the father of 16-time world champion John Cena, John Cena Sr. did not hesitate to harshly criticize this choice. He said: "I'm sorry to be so brutal, but zombies are exactly the kind of thing that help turn wrestling into a farce.
Fans don't care about any of this. Undertaker was a different thing, the same goes for Kane and for The Fiend, which has all the credentials to become the new Taker. Maybe there may be a place for the zombies in the Fun House, but what they did to Backlash made no sense.
They screwed it up, it was honestly awful. I have no other words." According to what has emerged in recent days, the zombies included Chance Barrow, Joe Ariola, Bronson Rechsteiner, Drew Kasper, Joe Gracy, Jacob Kasper, Asher Hale, Ari Sterline, August Gray, Ikemen Jiro, Daniel Vidot, Jake Atlas and Xyon Quinn.
Cena Sr. also talked about the possibility of witnessing a match between Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley in the WrestleMania 38 main event. He added: "They are two guys who have a past in MMA. Who will agree to lose? I'm not sure people have the desire to see such a thing.
Plus, the WrestleMania main event has to be something special that you build throughout the year, even better if you manage to surprise the fans. Lesnar vs Lashley doesn't seem like the right way to go."
WWE WrestleMania Backlash results
Here's what happened in the latest WWE WrestleMania Backlash Pay-per-Wiew, which took place on 5/16/2021 at WWE Thunderdome (Yuengling Center) in Tampa, Florida.
Sheamus beats Ricochet Main Card:
Women's Triple Threat Match for the Raw Women's Championship:
Rhea Ripley beats Asuka and Charlotte Flair (Rhea remains champion) Tag Team Match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships:
Rey Mysterio & Dominik beat Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (Mysterio's are the new couple champions) Lumberjack Match:
Damian Priest beats The Miz - Lumberjacks outside the ring were zombies to advertise the Army of the Dead movie starring WWE Hall of Famer Batista.
Women's Match for the SmackDown Women's Championship:
Bianca Belair beats Bayley (Bianca remains champion) Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship:
Bobby Lashley beats Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre (Lashley remains champion) Single Match for the Universal Championship:
Roman Reigns (w / Paul Heyman) defeats Cesaro (Reigns remains champion) - At the end of the match Jey Uso attacks Cesaro and Seth Rollins arrives to attack the Swiss.
Notes from the show:
- The next WWE PPV has been announced and surprisingly it will not be Money in the Bank but Hell in a Cell for June 20th always at Thunderdome.
- The duo titles of Raw, WWE Women's Tag Team and the Intercontinental Championship were not defended in this PPV.