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Dubai: Mustafa Ali knows well how noisy the performance can be in front of a WrestleMania crowd.

It’s a feeling he has sought since he first tried it in 2018.

But when the main WWE event returns next weekend, it looks like Ali – like a lot of the crowd at home – will be watching from the sofa at his family’s home – and he’s totally comfortable with it.

“WrestleMania has become something that has become an obsession and it has ebbed and flowed to me,” said the American wrestler born to a Pakistani father and Indian mother.

“Relatively early in my WWE career, I had such a great opportunity that, even though it was pre-show, it was still a featured match at WrestleMania for the Cruiserweight Championship against a friend of mine. The closest, Cedric Alexander, has totally demolished a house. . “

Ali, real name Adeel Alam, lost the battle to Alexander, but lived a dream he had dreamed of since he was a kid growing up in Chicago with a room full of, and then again, action figures. From WWF, the walls are covered in pictures of Ken, Jeff Hardy, Randy Savage, Rudi Piper, and many more.

The 35-year-old said, “It was John Cena’s reaction to our game and we had millions of viewers, I remember all the media and the press, and even though we were in the pre-show, I felt the pressure to play at WrestleMania.” . Omar or old.

“I’ll never forget to walk down that ramp and look up my name, the video packs and all the hype. It was one of the most amazing times of my life, and I didn’t achieve this level of success when I entered WrestleMania.

Ali, who joined WWE brand Raw, says he worked tirelessly to reach WrestleMania 37 in Tampa, Florida. On April 10 and 11, he has a more correct view of the truth; the absence of something was in the past year.

“I was trying hard to keep going [WrestleMania]And when I found out that I wasn’t on the show, I blamed everyone except me. ”

“This year I looked at myself in the mirror and said I can get angry again, and I can get angry at everyone, but at the end of the day I have to look at myself and realize that I have to do something as an artist. They have no choice but to put me on the map.

While Ali lost a deep fan response recently, he says the introduction of WWE ThunderDome, the virtual video conferencing system and space, has made a difference to the game.

“Don’t get me wrong,” he said, “You are in the ring, there are millions of viewers, and there is another man or woman competing with them and trying to keep your head off you.”

“So the adrenaline is still there, the preparation is still there, but I really miss that vivid feeling, there is nothing like it in the world.”

Ali has fond memories of the crown jewel of 2019 at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, when he was part of Hogan’s team that faced Team Flyer in a team match of five to five.

“My favorite thing on my recent trip to Saudi Arabia, as we head to the square, you see these kids running along the bus and giving each other their RKOs and I was just stunned. And for me in particular, when they announced my name and it appeared on the giant screen, the audience, despite the fact that I am not from the Arabian Peninsula, I am not an Arab, I am not from the Middle East, they see my name and there is a connection there.

Ali felt the crowd identify with him, the same way they sympathize with local hero Mansour.

“It was an amazing time,” he said.

“Because I was that kid in the crowd and I looked up and I would never see someone like me play so high. So I think it’s cool if they look up and see someone like Mansour, someone like Mustafa Ali, and they say, ‘Oh, these guys look like me and they did.

However, Ali did not go as far as describing himself as a role model, saying that as a man with many “faults” he did not want to let anyone down.

When Ali misses the feeling of being in the ring, he comes across one of his quirks while traveling the world to attend WWE SmackDown Live Tours, tweeting about performance schedules.

“One weekend, I visited Manila, Shanghai and Honolulu,” he said.

“These are three places where people save their entire lives to go and see, and I did it over the weekend. Then I went back to the States and worked on TV, so there was almost a sense of pride, I earned my Shruti. Sometimes I go back and look at those tweets and I think I did more and forgot more than I can remember and that’s cool.

Ali says that when the call comes to return to the ring he will be more than ready, but he admits that the only bright spot during a very difficult year is the time he spends with his young family.

I have a three-year-old son and now he knows who his father is. Ali said, “I have a seven-year-old daughter and we go out almost every day. I can help her with her homework.”

“I teach them to cycle and exercise. I have a beautiful wife who does everything for me, I can be at home. There I am smashing my ass, making that money, and now I can be here with them while they enjoy it. It is a blessing.

“They call me Baba, Baba’s house. that’s cool.”





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