From the group's inception, Retribution has been maligned by fans and critics as one of the more ineffectual flops in modern wrestling. Questionable presentation and diminishing momentum have continued to hamper the group, even following the revelation of the talented Mustafa Ali as leader.
Ali spoke with TV Insider about Retribution, and defended the group, while also reasoning why they've had struggles cementing themselves as a worthwhile entity.
"The talent is there. The biggest obstacle and challenge the group faces is the “Why.” Who are we? Why are we here? What’s our vendetta against WWE and corporate infrastructure? We have not been able to tell that story," Ali explains.
"Retribution is still an opportunity to be on TV every week. We’ve done stuff, and everyone is aware who is in the group. But we’re not able to address who we really are. I haven’t explained why I’m the leader and what power I hold over these people. I’d like to do so. The fans have been left to connect the dots, which I never like to do. It’s a three-hour show. Stuffing 5,000 pounds into a five-pound bag isn’t going to work. We have to take our time. We’re doing the best with the time we’re given."