Ali has opened up on his name change (Photo: WWE)
Mustafa Ali has claimed WWE took his first name ‘away’ over fears it ‘would be too difficult to pronounce’.
The Raw superstar – whose real name is Adeel Alam – seemed to be following a trend in Vince McMahon’s company which has seen the likes of Cesaro, Elias and most recently Riddle change to a single moniker, but he’s suggested there was more to the story when he was simply known as Ali earlier this year.
RETRIBUTION’s leader has been correcting commentators and interviewers on the pronunciation of Mustafa over the past few weeks, and he explained why it’s taken him until now.
‘I was afraid of what would happen,’ he told a fan on Twitter. ‘I was terrified my name would be too difficult to pronounce, so it would be taken away.
‘And it happened. I had to fight for my name. Now, I’m fighting for it to be pronounced correctly.
‘I don’t expect people to understand the weight of all that. Oh also, now IDGAF.’
His comments come a week after Ali – who has been hailed as an inspiration by NXT UK star Jinny – suggested WWE had censored his interview with Corey Graves for the company’s After The Bell podcast.
Sharing a clip from the in-depth chat, he tweeted: ‘Check out my “heavily edited because it was too hot for streaming and the higher ups would be mad” interview on @AfterTheBellWWE.
‘You won’t hear about me standing up for myself, backstabbing superstars, and so much more because it was “too much.” ‘
Meanwhile, despite RETRIBUTION’s rocky start to the main roster, Ali has done a stellar job of explaining away even the biggest issues people have had with the faction.
One of the main problems has been the cartoony names – Slapjack, Mace, Redemption and T-Bar – and masks, but he even had a reason for that.
He recently commented on Raw Talk: ‘I named them so that they can know what it feels like to be judged by their name and their looks, just like someone who looks like me and has a name like Mustafa.’
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