WWE’s RETRIBUTION faction has a new leader, but they may have dropped a member if social media is any indication.
On the Oct. 5 episode of Monday Night Raw, WWE gave us the big reveal, as Mustafa Ali was shown as RETRIBUTION’s new leader. The move should breathe new life into the faction, which had been ridiculed by fans for the way WWE has botched their introduction. But now with Ali, maybe this could go somewhere. Not everyone is convinced, but they are probably more interested now.
While Ali has been an addition to RETRIBUTION as the leader, the faction may have lost another member from the initial “reveal” of five members: Mia Yim, Dominik Dijakovic, Dio Maddin, Mercedes Martinez, and Mojo Rawley. It looks as if Martinez may no longer be a part of the stable.
WrestlingInc.com’s Sai Mohan detailed all the things fans have noticed about Martinez’s involvement on social media. The most obvious is that she is the only one of the five still using her own name, even though she was given the name “Retaliation” as a RETRIBUTION member. Ali is still going by his own name on social media, but he was not given a name and it is obvious who he is. There was no mask when he stood by RETRIBUTION for the first time.
Additionally, Ali did not tag Martinez in his post that featured images of the other members of the faction, including himself, being “wronged” by WWE.
Is Mercedes Martinez no longer part of WWE’s RETRIBUTION faction?
Finally, they noted that T-Bar is following Yim, Maddin, Ali, and “Slapjack” Shane Thorne on Twitter, but he is not following Martinez.
Mercedes Martinez is a legend of the wrestling business, having accomplished so much on the independent scene before joining WWE. She was with the Robert Stone Brand before joining RETRIBUTION, but now it seems she may not be a part of either.
And if WWE recognizes how good she is (surely, they have to, she’s put on clinics in WWE, too), then this could be all for the better. Martinez should be competing for Women’s Titles on Raw and SmackDown. She could have done so alongside Yim to give RETRIBUTION another boost in credibility, but there’s hopefully still room for her to excel on the main roster if she has indeed been taken out of this new faction as a change in plans.