At the WWE WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view event in Tampa, Florida at Yuengling Center on Peacock, The Miz and Damien Priest worked a lumberjack match with zombies.
This was done to promote the “Army of the Dead” film starring former WWE star Batista. WWE received a 7-figure payday from Warner Bros. for the sponsorship package. However, fans voiced their criticism about it on social media.
The Miz talked about the backlash in an interview with Connor Casey of Comic Book.
“So a lot of people would be like, “What is this? Oh, my God.” I’m the type of person that goes, this allows my creative juices to do whatever the hell we kind of want. So let’s make a movie out of it. Let’s make a meal out of it. I mean, there was a part in that match where Damian and I worked together to beat up all the zombies. And some people give us flack for going outside the box. And the problem with, I feel like, today’s world is that it’s so easy to just literally go on the Internet and just critique and say, “This is terrible. This is horrible.” With my storyline, with Bad Bunny, nobody wanted to see it up until they wanted to see it at WrestleMania. You know? So nobody wants to let things develop and things get fun.”