WWE 1st Pakistani wrestler to compete in WWE
KARACHI: Few millennials in Pakistan can claim that they never came across wrestling while growing up. Back in the day, it was all the rage. However, with time, the mania reduced to only avid wrestling fans that still enjoy this old school, gladiator-reminiscent sport-cum-theatre.
Last year, Pakistani wrestler Baadshah Pehalwan Khan made headlines by applying for WWE Tough Enough, a reality TV competition whose winner earns a WWE contract. With him failing to make the cut, we thought we might never see a Pakistani throw punches at some of the world’s biggest stars of sports entertainment.
Enter Prince Mustafa Ali, the first muscleman of Pakistani origin to make it to WWE. Ali is part of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, which will be aired exclusively on the WWE Network. Born in Chicago, Ali has been in the ring for 13 years now. In an email interview with The Express Tribune, he says, “I knew I wanted to be a wrestler ever since I was young.” Idolising Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart while growing up, Ali added Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Hardy Boyz, Chris Jericho, and Hayabusa to his list of favourites.