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Mustafa Ali made a statement at first stop on his post-WWE World Tour

Throughout his WWE career, Mustafa Ali made his goals very clear. Sure, he wanted to succeed in the traditional ways pro wrestlers/sports entertainers succeed. But he also wanted to accomplish that without playing a racial or ethnic stereotype, and specifically the villainous caricatures Muslims and others of Middle Eastern & South Asian descent have been tasked with playing for most of the business’ history.

Now free to work outside WWE after his release, Ali made it clear he wasn’t changing up his plans. His “World Tour Campaign” to achieve his dream started in Paris on Sat., Jan. 6 against on of France’s most highly touted wrestlers in Aigle Blanc.

Ali picked up a win in the main event of the APC (Association les Professionnels du Catch) show, and then cut a promo putting over his opponent and restating his mission:

“I’ve been thinking for more than the past 90 days, what’s the first thing I wanna say? It’s as simple as this, and if I tear up, I apologize because I mean this from the bottom of my heart. Every upper management person that I have ever worked for in this industry has told me to my face, ‘No one will ever cheer for someone named Mustafa Ali.’ No, even better than, ‘Fuck them’ — show them. And to those people watching, right now I’m in a sold-out house at APC, and every single person in this building is chanting ‘Mustafa Ali.’

“I’m gonna leave the ring tonight with one more note, and this is what I want in the industry: I want change in the industry. I want guys that are [at] a certain level to reach down and pull people up. The young man, the young man that I just shared the ring with, let me tell you something, I have been in the ring with Rey Mysterio, I have been in the ring with AJ Styles, Randy Orton, you name ‘em. I’ve been in the ring with them, and you, my good man, are just as good as them.

“It was an absolute honor. This was for me more than you, trust me. It was an absolute honor to perform here. I landed this morning, and I have not slept, and I don’t give a sh*t because this gives me life. Thank you all, good night, I love you.”

And with that under his belt, Ali is on to the next one. Which will be in his hometown of Chicago this upcoming Friday night against Gringo Loco at GCW No Compadre.

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