Mustafa Ali and Mansoor made history when they clashed at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
At WWE Crown Jewel more than one piece of history was made during the stacked night of WWE action. Referee Jessika Carr became not only the first woman to officiate a Hell in the Cell match, but also the first woman to take charge of a match in Saudi Arabia. After overseeing the Hell in a Cell clash between Edge and Seth Rollins she was also the third person in the ring as Xavier Woods was crowned King of the Ring.
Meanwhile, the match between Mustafa Ali and Mansoor also saw another entry into the history books. The bout was the first meeting between two Muslim Superstars in singles action on a WWE pay-per-view.
Taking to social media after the event, Ali celebrated the feat, saying that he hoped to inspire the next generation.
two Muslims competed in a singles match on a WWE PPV for the first time ever. the intention was simple; inspire the next generation. pic.twitter.com/ICWuOMO53w
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) October 21, 2021
The match at Crown Jewel was the culmination of a rivalry which saw the two men actually compete as a team for a number of weeks.
In June, Mustafa Ali took it upon himself to try and guide Mansoor through his first steps on the main roster. This led to the two men joining forces as a tag team, before Ali turned on his partner just prior to Crown Jewel after another defeat.
After a fast and furious clash in Saudi Arabia, Mansoor eventually claimed victory after hitting his Springboard Neck-breaker. However, after the match Ali sought revenge only to be interrupted by a mystery star.
The mysterious man then revealed himself to be taekwondo Olympic Silver Medallist Tarek Hamdi. The Olympian promptly kicked Ali in the head, leaving him laying to a thunderous ovation.
Speaking ahead of the event, Mustafa Ali revealed the details of a particularly brutal conversation with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon as he attempted to establish himself on the main roster. Ali explained that McMahon bluntly told him that he was “Too polished, too clean and too nice.”