It has been a funny time to be Mustafa Ali.
Over the last 12 months he has been a rising star on Smackdown, moved to Raw, moved back to SmackDown and then back to Raw without even making an appearance, lost his first name, got it back, been rumoured to be the SmackDown hacker before seeing the angle being dropped, been kept off screen for 7 months and now…
Losing on Main Event to Riddick Moss.
It is easy to understand how this stop-start booking for a performer with bags of potential might be frustrating. Well, now we know for sure it is as Ali appeared on WWE’s social media show ‘The Bump’ this week to air those frustrations.
The former police officer said:
“As far as adaptation, you can’t adapt without opportunity. If you don’t have the opportunity and you’re not given a platform, if you’re not included in a discussion, it’s hard. You can be the best in the world, but if you’re sitting in a dark room and no one sees you, no one sees you. I will always be ready and be prepared, so when that opportunity comes, I’m gonna hit a home run, but I need to be called up to bat. I’m a very unique superstar in the sense that it’s not about wins and championships for me. I don’t have the best win-loss record and I’ve never held a championship despite being with the company since 2016. That is not me complaining, the thing that I am craving for and asking for is to tell a story. I can sit here and tell everybody that I have not had that opportunity yet. Look at all the moments I’ve had in my career. From Money in the Bank with Brock Lesnar to the Ali-KofiMania switch, Randy taking me out and costing me that opportunity. All these, I think layups, are a chance to tell a story and show who I am, weren’t told. As a performer, that’s frustrating. I’m craving an opportunity to tell a story. I feel I’m the best in the world at it and once I get a chance to do it, it will be something people talk about for years to come.”
“Time off is hard when it’s not your choice. I want people to understand, this isn’t someone that is mad. This is someone that is so passionate and wants to perform and is trying to figure out why he’s not allowed to perform and there’s no real explanation given. To anyone who is passionate about something, you can understand how that’s frustrating. I looked in the mirror and asked, `Are you as good as you think you are?’ The answer is, `No, I’m even better.’”
It is hard to fathom why Ali is being given such short shrift in a time when WWE’s talent roster is stretched and ever-changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hopefully he will be given the chance to show how much of an asset he can be.
Thank you to F4WOnline for the transcription.