WWE NXT, long home to the most dangerous parking lot in pro wrestling, has experienced a rash of “mystery attacks” over the past several months. Those have been used to write off injured women’s wrestlers like Nikkita Lyons, Wendy Choo, and Sol Ruca. They’ve also been posted, along with other behind-the-scenes footage, on a Twitter account called NXT Anonymous.
Those videos usually make their way onto the developmental brand’s Tuesday night show, and on the May 9 edition of NXT, they were all tied together in one ominous video package:
What in the world???#WWENXT pic.twitter.com/3nXwvRASEt— WWE (@WWE) May 10, 2023
We’ll see where that goes on screen. On social media, it prompted a lot of jokes about 2020’s aborted “SmackDown hacker” storyline and the short-lived, often-mocked RETRIBUTION stable the hacker angle was eventually tied to on Raw.
Hacker-turned-RETRIBUTION leader Mustafa Ali was one of the people making those jokes. He maintained his current overly positive gimmick while doing so, too.
GREAT CONCEPT!— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) May 10, 2023
That got a response from Dijak, who spent a long time working under his RETRIBUTION name T-BAR. The big man isn’t interested in revisiting that part of his past:
If you ask people to start dressing like this to sabotage the show please count me out, thanks.— DIJAK (@DijakWWE) May 10, 2023
Ali doesn’t defend his old group’s goals (whatever those were) or their tactics. But he does defend the RETRIBUTION uniform...
I thought it really brought out your eyes, but whatever.— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) May 10, 2023
It’s an argument that worked for his old teammate MACE, but that makes sense since he’s now a Maximum Male Model who goes by ma.çé:
Honestly the black was slimming.— ma.çé (@MACEtheWRESTLER) May 10, 2023
We’ll see where NXT’s current angle goes. No matter how it turns out, it’s hard to imagine whoever’s behind it will still be having as much fun with it years later like Ali, Dijak & ma.çé are, though.