Retribution member Mace is well known for calling people out on Twitter. However, this time around he has found an unlikely target in The Weeknd.
MACE BELIEVES THE WEEKND STOLE THEIR GIMMICK
Like every year, the half time show of Super Bowl was an immediate attraction where a variety of events took place. The Weeknd was the star performer of the show, singing alongside a group of masked dancers around him. Mace was obviously watching the show from home.
Mace, who is also a former NFL player, tweeted that The Weeknd stole the entire gimmick of The Retribution, including the masks and their leader Mustafa Ali’s glowing gloves.
THE HISTORY BEHIND RETRIBUTION
On the August 3, 2020 episode of Raw, lights in the WWE Performance Center began flickering on and off and a masked group set fire to a generator. Four days later, on the August 7 episode of SmackDown, members attacked the announcers and then went into the audience to attack them as well, and they used a chainsaw to cut the ring ropes down. In the following weeks on Raw, Retribution attacked the WWE Performance Center multiple times by smashing a window with a cinderblock and flipping a car. As the weeks progressed, the group began to explain their actions, referring to perceived unfair treatment as they came up through the WWE system, and the desire to upend said system.
On the September 21 episode of Raw, it was revealed that Dominik Dijakovic, Dio Maddin, Shane Thorne, Mercedes Martinez, and Mia Yim were the primary members of the stable, being renamed to T-Bar (Dijakovic), Mace (Dio Maddin), Slapjack (Shane Thorne), Retaliation (Mercedes Martinez) and Reckoning (Mia Yim). That same night, T-Bar, Mace, and Slapjack made their in-ring debut against The Hurt Business (Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander) in the main event, losing by disqualification.
THE STABLE HAS SEEN NEGATIVE FAN REACTION
The stable is presented as a group of spurned performers whose goal is to destroy WWE and rebuild it in their own image. However, the Retribution angle has not been received well by the WWE Universe, with fans voicing with displeasure with plotholes and irregularities in the angle. The group has even been considered by some to be irrevocably doomed creatively from the beginning, and damaging to the careers of its members.