Since Mustafa Ali was revealed as the leader of Retribution, things have not gone their way. At least that is what the fans think. Ali thinks otherwise. He recently tried to make sense of the Retribution storyline on After The Bell.
During his interview with Corey Graves, Ali explained some of the nuances of the storyline. Here is the quote, courtesy of Fightful:
“They’ve all had a moment that was taken away from them. MACE (Dio Maddin) was doing great on Raw commentary, Brock puts him through a table, and now he’s done? He never came back. T-BAR (Dominik Dijakovic) was choked out by Karrion Kross and his best friend Keith Lee watched, and then Keith Lee goes up to the main roster, leaving Dijakovic with nothing. Mia Yim was taken out before WarGames, the person who took her out was never reprimanded. We have all these stories about guys and girls who had something taken away from them and nothing has happened. The sentiment of ‘chip on your shoulder,’ is very appropriate for RETRIBUTION. I went from a guy who was sitting at home for seven months to a guy who now has seven seconds to talk.
I am built and ready for this. I’ve been asking for a story and what better story to tell than your story. RETRIBUTION is me. I felt overlooked and that the company looked at profit over people. I felt what my name is and what I look like has defined me to some extent and inhibited me from growing. I know people love to poke fun at SLAPJACK and the mask, but there’s so much art in this story that I knew a lot of was going to go over people’s heads. Imagine having people make preconceived ideas about you because of your name and what you look like. Imagine a guy named Mustafa Ali renaming people so they can understand what it feels like to be judged by your name and what you look like. You guys don’t appreciate real art.
Give us time to tell a story. We live in a day and age when people want to push a button and know everything. Sit down, shut up, watch it, and enjoy it. I’m leading the charge and I do not drop the ball.”
It may be true that there are more layers to this storyline than some give credit for, but the faction losing constantly has not helped their case.
On one hand, you have to give props to Mustafa Ali for making the most of this opportunity. On the other hand, blaming the fans for not appreciating a storyline is perhaps not the best move. Let us hope he is only working.