WWE fans of Egypt, rejoice! A fellow Egyptian has joined the WWE – and, no, it’s not El Shahat Mabrouk. His name is Ahmed Tarek AbdelHamid, or MADA, and he’s the first Egyptian and Arab to join the biggest professional wrestling company in the world.
MADA was one of the participants in the sixth season of WWE reality-show-come-competition, Tough Enough and the former professional basketball player made a huge impact on the show, but was eliminated under questionable circumstances – but it was something that made WWE fans love him all the more, with some even voicing their anger at live events and on social media with the hashtag #BringMADABack
But the 28-year-old wrestler was just getting started. On 28th of October, MADA signed a contract with WWE and will be training at the company’s state-of-the-art Performance Center, where many a WWE wrestler has begun their journey.
Outside of the weird and wacky world of wrestling however, AbdelHamid has his fingers in plenty of pies. Having grown up in Saudi Arabia and New Zealand, he left Egypt during the revolution and quickly settled in America, where he has also enjoyed a career as a personal trainer, with one of his biggest client being none-other than Jason Momoa – yes, the same Jason Momoa that plays Khal Drago in Game of Thrones. They’ve even become buddies and the two have starred in a post-apocalyptic cannibal romance film – true story.
Mada was eliminated from Tough Enough at the expense of a blonder, prettier contestant...
By Kalam El Qahaira