Back in August, Mustafa Ali revealed that there were plans for him to use Hulk Hogan’s ‘Real American’ theme, but he didn’t explain any further than that.
Now, in an interview on WrestleBinge, Ali has elaborated on the plan. The star explained that he was going to become a “politician-esque character” that would be a parody of modern politicians.
“With the Real American, Hulk Hogan’s old theme music, yeah, that was an actual discussion I had. At one point, that was gonna be my entrance music.
“The reason for that is a few years ago we were laying the groundwork for me to do this politician-esque character.
“There wasn’t going to be anything political-specific about this character. He was just presented as a politician.”
The star detailed the idea further, saying it would have been a way to show more layers to his character.
“He was quick-witted, sly talker, but kinda sleazy, podium, press secretary, secret service, and I was always saying things and making promises that I would never fulfil, kinda like politicians do nowadays sometimes, right?
“It was just more of a tongue-in-cheek kind of another way to show some layers to my character.”
Mustafa Ali asked Vince McMahon if he could use Hulk Hogan’s theme
Ali went to Vince McMahon to discuss the idea and asked to use Hogan’s ‘Real American’ theme.
“The whole emphasis was I would be launching campaigns, whether it be against my opponent or for a title opportunity, so everything in the background was just very politically motivated as far as the presentation.
“I remember talking to Vince at the time and saying, ‘Hey, you know it would really get this character over because there’s nothing more American in this world than Mustafa Ali. What if I came out to Real American?'”
While McMahon was on board with the plan, it was ultimately pulled due to concerns over how it would be received by the TV networks.
“He was quiet. I go, ‘We own that song, right? Do we still own Real American?’ He goes, ‘Of course we do, God dammit!’ I go, ‘Okay, so what if I came out to it?’
“He goes, ‘I love it, I love it.’ As of that meeting, I had it, and I think in a few weeks we were gonna re-debut me as this political character and that was gonna be my music, but the decision was made that the character might not work for the networks and live audience, so it was pulled.”
Following the 2023 Draft, Mustafa Ali is officially a free agent who can appear on both Raw and SmackDown.
Most recently, he appeared on the May 8th edition of Raw where he scored a victory over Otis.
H/T to Sportskeeda for the above transcription.