This week on Raw, Mustafa Ali revealed that he was the mysterious SmackDown hacker. This was not the focal point of the show or even Ali’s promo, and was just dropped into his promo to seemingly tie up some loose ends.
However, a recent tweet from Dominik Dijakovic (aka T-Bar) potentially suggests that WWE had plans, as of a few months ago at the very least, to intertwine RETRIBUTION and the SmackDown hacker storylines.
As you can see by the above tweet, the @TheMessageWWE Twitter account, which was set up for the SmackDown hacker, tweeted “We Will Rise’ way back in on 8th May. A few months later, Dijakovic changed his profile picture to “We Will Rise” as well.
Dominik Dijakovic, and the rest of RETRIBUTION for that matter, have done some fantastic work on social media to try and get the faction over. This could have just been another example of Dijakovic trying to make things make sense.
However, could it suggest that WWE has always had plans, as of August anyway, to debut RETRIBUTION and tie them into the hacker storyline from SmackDown earlier this year?
— T-BAR (@TBARRetribution) October 21, 2020
T-Bar has seemingly confirmed that this was indeed the plan all along, sharing the above tweet with the hashtag RETRIBUTION. However, this could just be him, as mentioned earlier, trying to make things make sense for fans.
There is no word from reporters on whether or not the SmackDown hacker and RETRIBUTION were always supposed to be linked. However, many have speculated that this was a last minute decision, and is coincidence that Ali was to be involved with both.