How Mustafa Ali Became A WWE Wrestling Celebrity | AJ+


When I was growing up, I loved wrestling,
I loved everything about it.
One character that reached
out through the screen
and spoke to me was
Brett “The Hitman” Hart.
He was that classic
good guy and despite his
foes using underhanded tactics,
he never compromised who he was.
I was born in Chicago
with two older brothers.
I would make these
makeshift wrestling costumes
and we’d pretend we’re at Wrestlemania.
But, when I tuned in, anyone
of Middle Eastern heritage
was always portrayed as the bad guy,
the evil foreigner,
[Clip]: (yelling in foreign language)
the terrorist.
And I knew I didn’t want to do that.
The initial stages of my career,
I was actually hiding behind
a mask to hide who I was.
But, I was getting frustrated
and I wasn’t getting better bookings,
I wasn’t competing at bigger events.
Several of my friends in
the industry kept saying,
“You know, now is the time,”
“you should try out
doing an evil character.”
And so was born Prince Mustafa Ali.
[Clip]: “Prince Mustafa Ali!”
You just add the whole head garb thing,
yelling in a foreign language,
[Clip]: (yelling in foreign language)
My bookings went up.
I was getting flown all
over the U.S. to compete.
But something inside of me,
there was always an uneasy feeling.
[Clip]: “What?”
[Clip]: “USA! USA!”
I remember seeing a young boy,
maybe six, seven years old,
and as I approached the guard rail,
he jumped out of his chair
and he put his hands up.
And I remember looking
into this kid’s eyes,
and I remember seeing hate,
and right then and there
it hit me, I was like,
“Did I just teach this kid”
“to hate people that look like me?”
And from that point forward,
I created a new character: Mustafa Ali.
[Clip]: “Mustafa Ali!”
Mustafa Ali is who I wanted
to see when I was growing up.
I’m not wearing anything on my head,
I’m not saying anything in Arabic,
I’m just gonna come out as Mustafa Ali.
A lot of promoters were not
happy with the new direction.
It took me almost a year,
really working hard for my
actual in-ring performance,
night in and night out.
I have to prove myself all over again.
I remember performing in Paris.
[Clip]: (booing and negative yelling)
And I’d never heard that many
“boos” for me in my life,
and then I performed.
[Clip]: (crowd cheering)
Despite loosing the match,
they still chanted my name.
And I remember just taking
a moment to realize,
“This is what you’re doing,
you’re changing peoples’ minds.”
That’s what the character’s all about,
being the light in the dark.
[Clip]: “Mustafa Ali!”
I turned this public opinion
about me all the way around
and become one of the top
good guys in the industry.
[Clip]: “Mustafa Ali is
headed to Wrestlemania!”
And I got to compete at Wrestlemania 34.
For 20 minutes, the entire world,
millions of people, were watching me.
It’s a dream come true.
[Clip]: “Oh no! Oh!”
[Clip]: “John Cena, standing up.”
[John Cena]: “Well done!”
I represent the kids
that sit in the third row
that look like me, and they
got a funny name like mine,
and they get go, “Hey, Mustafa
Ali, he wrestles for WWE!”
There are no limitations,
there are no barriers.
Nothing can stop you and
nothing can define you but you.
[Clip]: “Here is your
winner, Mustafa Ali!”

100 thoughts on “How Mustafa Ali Became A WWE Wrestling Celebrity | AJ+

  1. Mustafa you are a Gem. I hope one day the WWE will script a Muslim world heavyweight champion and it will be you!

  2. That is teue succes comes from allah inshallah 1 day i can be a face wwe wrestler and main event wm myselfe if allah wills inshallah

  3. I remember seeing him on the CWC(CruiserWeight Classics) everyone in the crowd hated him and until his match on Raw in Chicago the week after his debut he had a pop and has been a face ever since

    From being hated to being the first cruiserweight on SDLive as a face

  4. welp… he's just Ali now.. great wrestler though… future of WWE right here… anyways, i kinda liked his Entrance Gear of just Leather Jacket and scarves around his neck when he debuted in the CWC Tournament…

  5. Muhammed Hassan should come back as a face and tag with Ali!

    Is that possible?

    But I love this. Ali, changing the game!!!!

  6. My brothers name is Mustafa and mine is Ali😂💯 and my brother is preparing to become a police officer inshallah just like Mustafa Ali was💯 what a coincidence

  7. A shining example in how to win people over through genuine tolerance, patience and kindness. Hate and retaliation has nothing to do with making divine choices.

  8. good job fam, u made it in WWE. dont make them looking at us as a bad religious.. we shud change it blessed 👊🏽

  9. AJ styles
    WWE Christian superstar
    Jinder Mahal
    WWE sikh superstar
    Kavita Devi
    WWE Hindu superstar
    C'mon AJ+ u love to bring that muslim factor in every place wherever it's not required to also right ??

  10. I'm no muslim but how I wish he's the one compete against daniel for the wwe championship ..he's in ring skill are phenomenal..go go Ali

  11. Yes, maybe he's the first ever Muslim pro-wrestler that is a face. Amazing work ethic, so much passion and training he goes through to perfect his moves. I wish the guy never turns heel and more people accept and appreciate him for his hard work than his name or background. This is what wrestling does to you, creates characters that fans can relate to, so when their fav pro-wrestler is performing, all you hear is real support and admiration from them. I love pro-wrestling. I love Mustafa Ali (Adeel Alam) .

  12. Im a Christian, I freaking love this dude even before this video, and now I have so much more respect for him after watching this.

  13. YOUR RIGHT MUSTAFA MUSLIM PEOPLE DID ALWAYS THE EVIL CHARACTER IN WRESTLING GOOD TO SEE YOU KILL THAT CHARACTER AND PLAY THE REAL YOU

  14. Not every wrestle is bad I thought many were as in bad wrestlelers and so I learned that to not judge a book by its cover

  15. Even if there's more video like this,
    People not gonna change so just wait for the time when you all crying #nohate

  16. Always disrespected people in the comments when there are videos about religion 😔

    Every religion is about respect but this comment section is just wow

  17. Paris is mostly north african arabs and black africans so no wonder they didnt boo and actually cheered him haha

  18. Masha'Allah I love how you stopped and started all over again.

    Abu Qatadah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, you will never leave anything for the sake of Allah Almighty but that Allah will replace it with something better.”

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