Mustafa Ali was revealed as RETRIBUITON’s leader in WWE, but the faction has lost another member, albeit in a much quieter manner.
By making Mustafa Ali the new leader of RETRIBUTION, WWE have breathed new life into a faction that seemed doomed to fail due to the company’s laughably poor booking of the seemingly Raw-exclusive group.
Prior to Ali joining RETRIBUTION, we knew of five members associated with the group. They were WWE NXT stars Dio Maddin, Mia Yim, Dominik Dijakovic, Shane Thorne, and Mercedes Martinez. But it appears the last member of those five is no longer a part of the faction at all.
Speculation about Martinez’s standing in the group first surfaced on Thursday, as wrestling fans connected the dots on social media, concluding that Martinez may have been quietly dropped from the group.
And now, WrestlingNews.Co’s Paul Davis reports that Mercedes Martinez has indeed been removed from RETRIBUTION and moved back to WWE NXT. She is listed as a member of the Black and Gold brand on the official site.
Mercedes Martinez should be competing for the WWE NXT Title one day
Martinez was a part of the Robert Stone Brand in NXT before making the move to the main roster as a part of the group. She should be in the title mix after the crowd clears, because Martinez is a legend of the wrestling business and a formidable opponent for any wrestler in NXT.
RETRIBUTION looks strong with Ali leading the way, and they still have Yim. Perhaps the other members will be revealed, and there will be more women who are a part of the group other than Mia Yim.
The WWE Draft will end on Oct. 12, so by the Oct. 14 episode of NXT, we should have more clarity on where Martinez stands as a singles competitor in the company. Again, she should be competing for titles or having great programs with NXT’s rising stars.