Adeel Alam is a 35-year-old American professional wrestler and former police officer from Bolingbrook, Illinois. He is signed with the WWE and performs for SmackDown under the ring name Mustafa Ali.
For the first six years of his wrestling career, Ali wore a mask to avoid discrimination. As a youth, Alam dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler and idolized wrestlers like Bret Hart, Eddie Guerrero, and Rey Mysterio. He made his professional wrestling debut in February 2003. Alam has worked for various independent promotions including Dreamwave Wrestling, All American Wrestling, Freelance Wrestling, GALLI Lucha Libre and several others.
Mustafa Ali’s WWE Debut
In 2016, WWE announced that Mustafa Ali would be part of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament. Ali was eliminated in the first round of the tournament. He debuted on WWE’s 205 Live in a match against Lince Dorado in December 2016. In January 2017, Mustafa Ali made his main roster debut on RAW. At his debut, he teamed with Jack Gallagher and TJ Perkins to defeat Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak, and Tony Nese.
In February 2018, Mustafa Ali began participating in the Cruiserweight Championship tournament. He defeated Gentleman Jack Gallagher in the first round. Mustafa Ali then beat Buddy Murphy in the quarterfinals and Drew Gulak in the semi-finals. He advanced to the final round at WrestleMania 34. At WrestleMania 34, Ali lost to Cedric Alexander and failed to win the Cruiserweight Championship.
Mustafa Ali was assigned to the SmackDown brand in December 2018.
Mustafa Ali Returns to WWE TV
After a seven month hiatus from television, Mustafa Ali made his return on July 20, 2020 to RAW. He teamed with Cedric Alexander and Ricochet. Together, Ali, Alexander and Ricochet defeated MVP, Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin.
On the October 5th episode of RAW, it was revealed that Ali was the leader of the new stable, Retribution. This marked Ali’s switch to his heel persona. A few weeks later, Ali revealed that he was the mysterious hacker sending messages on SmackDown. This began a feud between Retribution and The Hurt Business which ended after several weeks and The Hurt Business victorious after each match.
Following their feud with The Hurt Business, Retribution set their sights on Ricochet. Retribution then moved on to a new feud with The New Day’s Kofi Kingston. Mustafa Ali blamed Kofi for “stealing” his WrestleMania opportunity two years prior while he was injured.
At the 2021 Royal Rumble, Mustafa Ali entered as contestant number four. On March 15 episode of RAW, Ali faced Riddle for the United States Championship but was unsuccessful. He faced Riddle in a rematch for the title at Fastlane but lost again. Following the match, Reckoning and Slapjack walked out on him while Mace and T-Bar attacked him. As a result, the Retribution stable was disbanded.
Storyline with Mansoor
On the March 29 episode of RAW, in his first match since the disbandment of Retribution, Ali attacked Drew McIntyre after his match with Ricochet. Due to the attack, Ali was granted a match against McIntyre, who emerged victorious. Shortly after, Ali renewed his rivalry with Ricochet on Main Event. They faced off in a series of matches which culminated in a 2-out-of-3 falls match where Ali was defeated.
In June, Ali began a storyline with Mansoor, trying to convince him that the rest of WWE superstars were “backstabbers,” “would do anything just to get ahead,” and “cheaters.” This led to a match on the July 5th episode of RAW, where Ali handed Mansoor his first pinfall loss after outsmarting him by faking a knee injury. On the July 26th episode of RAW, Ali teamed with Mansoor at his request where they defeated T-Bar and Mace. Mustafa Ali became a face again.
Mustafa Ali Drafted to SmackDown
As part of the 2021 Draft in October, Ali was drafted to the SmackDown brand. On the October 11 episode of RAW, Ali attacked Mansoor in the backstage after they lost to The Hurt Business, turning heel once again. This ended his alliance with Mansoor.SHOW LESS
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Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Dreamwave Wrestling
- Dreamwave Alternative Championship (1 time)
- World Championship (1 time)
- Elite Pro Wrestling
- EPW Pro Television Championship (1 time)
- Freelance Wrestling
- Freelance World Championship (1 time)
- Jersey All Pro Wrestling
- JAPW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Midwestern States Pro Wrestling
- MSPW Heritage Championship (1 time)
- Proving Ground Pro
- PGP Franchise Championship (1 time)