On the podcast for DC 101, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn appeared as guests. The podcast is hosted by Mike Jones. Jones asked Zayn about Mustafa Ali. Ali’s real name is Adeel Alam. Ali did a piece for CBS Evening News and spoke about changing perceptions.
Ali stated that Arabs and Muslims were cast as bad guys always. He spoke about facing a lot of challenges when he tried to convince people that Muslims can be good guys. Zayn stated that professional wrestling is actually moving away from this and that stereotypes still exist.
"For me personally, it's one of the things I love about this generation," Zayn said. "Shinsuke's [Nakamura] gimmick doesn't revolve around him being Japanese. "Like me, being Arab, I'm not coming out with a turban or acting the way the Iron Sheik acted.
I'm a performer who happens to be Arabic. "Finn Balor, he's an Irishman and it's not like he comes out with a box of lucky charms or waving an Irish flag talking with a funny accent to be Irish. It's just a lot more rooted in reality of who we actually are and not playing this caricature or this stereotype of our background”.
Sami Zayn is part of some good storylines these days. He was for a really long-time a top competitor, but he isn’t as popular as he was at one time.