Mustafa Ali Explains How Road Dogg Took a Leap of Faith for Him

Mar 15, 2019 - by James Walsh

CBS Sports’ State of Combat podcast recently interviewed WWE Superstar Mustafa Ali. Below are some highlights.

Mustafa Ali on shooting his own promos for social media: “Sometimes you have to create your own chance. These promos I was filming, I shot them and had them filmed in a very specific way to make them look different than everybody else. No one was doing these stylized vignettes, which is what we call them now, but me. We shot them the wee hours of the morning. If I wanted to talk about rising to your feet again, we made sure to film it at 5 a.m. with the sun coming up. When they see that dedication and see that you are being so intricate about all the small details, it resonates.”

Mustafa Ali on asking Road Dogg BG James about playing a bad guy on 205 Live: “When I first came on to 205 Live, I was cast as a bad guy and [James] and I had a serious discussion about why do I have to be a bad guy? Why can’t I be the first openly Muslim guy with a Muslim name, who looks like a Muslim? Why can’t I be a good guy? I have this amazing move set, why are we going to throw this away? It was Brian who took this leap of faith and said, ‘We are going to try.’ I have to thank ‘Road Dogg’ so much.”

Mustafa Ali on getting goosebumps on his current spot: “I’m kind of getting goose bumps right now realizing where I’m at right now. I wouldn’t have believed this, not even years ago, but months ago that this would happen. I’ve always had faith in my ring ability, but sometimes it’s how you are perceived and how good you are doesn’t matter. It’s kind of like this refreshing, deep and philosophic take that hard work still pays off. This is such a crazy ride. I just competed for the WWE championship on the pay-per-view. There is plenty of misconceptions and opinions out there. What I want to do is strip away all the notions and all the preconceived ideas. I want people to know there is no difference between you and I. We are all the same and we all bleed the same blood. We all have the same soul and same organs. My message to everyone is that we truly are one and the minute you see me as the person, not just as the Muslim — when you see me as Adeel Alam and not just the character on TV — when you see past all of that, we are all the same and we are all just one. That’s my message, that’s my goal and that’s my motto.”

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