News on the zombies at WrestleMania Backlash

May 18, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

Former WWE Tag Team Champion Scotty 2 Hotty was among the talents used as zombies at Sunday’s WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view for the Zombies Lumberjack Match, which saw Damian Priest defeat The Miz. Scotty currently works as a WWE Performance Center Coach and a WWE NXT Producer.

The other zombies were made up of NXT Superstars and WWE Performance Center recruits. Other wrestlers dressed up as zombies were Jake Atlas, Xyon Quinn (Daniel Vidot), Ikemen Jiro, Ari Sterling, Asher Hale, August Grey, Bronson Rechsteiner, Joe Gacy, Drew Kasper, Jacob Kasper, Cal Bloom, Matty Wahlberg, Joe Ariola, and Chance Barrow (Harlem Bravado).

As seen in the tweet below, Quinn revealed that he played the Elvis zombie. Scotty and others also revealed the zombies that they played.

On a related note, the zombie looks were created by Callosum Studios, which is ran by Jason Baker and Tom Savini. Callosum Studios has worked on recent looks for “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and others in WWE. Fractured FX Inc. worked on the zombies with Callosum Studios. You can see related posts below with comments from special effects artists Baker, Kyle Roberts and Justin Raleigh.

The WrestleMania Backlash Zombies were a tie-in for Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead” zombie heist movie, which was a sponsor of the pay-per-view. That movie hits Netflix this Friday and stars former WWE Champion Batista, who also narrated the WrestleMania Backlash intro video.

Below are several photos & comments from the WWE talents and the special effects artists, along with the related video clips from the pay-per-view:

5 Responses

  1. Motorhead says:

    So they’re a mark for themselves and can’t see how terrible it looked or was for the wrestling fan at home? More of this crap where they only look to pop themselves with little to no concern for the actual fans. It’s one of the things that’s cannibalizing this business right now.

  2. Matthew P Lightizer says:

    This from the same promotion that brought you R-Truth’s head exploding and Hornswoggle jumping through an ACME hole on a wall.

  3. Stonz says:

    It’s not wrestling, it’s “sports entertainment”. There’s a difference (according to Vince, anyway).

  4. mth says:

    Cracks me up for absolutely rattled the internet was by this silly, totally harmless cross-promotion. Sure it was corny but it wasn’t anywhere near as damaging as folks are acting. “Zombies bad!” meanwhile Wyatt, Bliss, Taker, Kane, etc., etc., etc., is fine and even beloved. Get over yourselves.

  5. Joseph says:

    I finally watched it on Peacock and I was expecting it to be much worse. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Was way better than that lake of reincarnation crap that people loved.

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