Why did WWE 205 Live fail?
Mustafa Ali seems to have the answer. Well, kind of.
In November 2016, 205 Live began with a lot of popularity behind it, but after a short run with some heat, the brand would head into the wrong direction until its end in February 2022.
Thursday on Twitter, the account Just Talk Wrestling asked the WWE Universe their opinion of why 205 Live would eventually collapse, and before everybody could give their shoot, Mustafa Ali was quick to let it be known that he had nothing to do with it.
“Not putting it on my back,” tweeted Mustafa Ali.
not putting it on my back. https://t.co/Qg07R5W5Hc
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) September 15, 2022
Mustafa Ali has had only two matches since Paul “Triple H” Levesque took over WWE as the Head of Creative, and both of those matches were losses on Raw.
The last time that Ali was seen on WWE TV was back on August 15, when he and Cedric Alexander would take a loss in a tag team match to The Miz and Tommaso Ciampa.
No details are known as to why Mustafa Ali, who led Retribution from 2020-2021, isn’t being pushed by the company, but it’s well known that there had previously been some tension between the two parties.
This is nothing new either, as Ali asked for his WWE release earlier in 2022, and the fact that he did it publicly on social media added more fuel to the fire. Also, WWE refused to honour his wishes as well, which was sure to not help the relationship between the two, especially considering Ali still isn’t being used after his request.
Triple H has been making a lot of changes to WWE since his takeover of creative in July, so only time will tell if Mustafa Ali will eventually be thrown into a storyline.