WWE Superstar Mustafa Ali Recalls How Daniel Bryan Helped His Main Roster Push

Published 04/25/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


WWE Superstar Mustafa Ali received a significant push after he debuted on the main roster. Recently, Ali shared an insight into his SmackDown debut alongside Daniel Bryan.

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On Dec. 11, 2018, Ali made his WWE main roster debut when he interrupted then-WWE Champion Daniel Bryan. Recently, a fan tweeted out a clip from the debut and asked for the backstory to the moments leading up to the debut.

Ali revealed how Daniel Bryan (a prominent wrestler at that point), personally wanted to face Ali. Bryan argued WWE needed new faces on TV, other than pushing old ones.

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Ali wrote, “Daniel Bryan goes “we need to invest in the future.” They go, “who do you have in mind.” Bryan says “give me Ali.” He may or may not have also called me a “hot, young babyface.” Check out the video below –

He also looked back at his title match with Kevin Owens and Daniel Bryan at Fastlane 2019. As a last-minute addition to the match, Ali won over the crowd. Bryan pinned Ali following a running knee.

Looking back at the match, Ali said, “felt that I proved I belong in the main event scene. I know for a fact that not many could be put in that position and do what I did.”

What is Mustafa Ali up to these days?

Mustafa Ali currently performs on WWE’s RAW Brand. Following his stint with Daniel Bryan, he suffered from a series of losses. WWE removed him from TV following Survivor Series 2019.

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 19: Cedric Alexander (under) in action vs Mustafa Ali during WWE Live AccorHotels Arena Popb Paris Bercy on May 19, 2018, in Paris, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

After a seven-month hiatus, Ali came back seeking retribution with a group of wrestlers. Befittingly, the group was named Retribution. After terrorizing the main roster for weeks, the group betrayed Ali.

Ahead of WrestleMania, Ali thought he would face Kofi Kingston at the event. Back in 2019, Kingston replaced Ali at the Elimination Chamber match, following the latter’s injury.

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Although the plan was shelved, Ali hopes to face Kofi one day. “When we do it, I hope we’re allowed to do it right,” Ali said. “Because I feel like it’d be one hell of a story. I’ll have my moment, I’ve just gotta stick around and fight for it. I almost got there once, so I know I can do it again.”

Since then, Ali has returned to solo competition. He faced former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre in a losing effort on RAW recently.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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