Mustafa Ali has opened up about when he found out that he was going to win Money In The Bank before having it stripped away at the very last moment.
Ali was part of the men’s Money In The Bank match in 2019 alongside Andrade, Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor, Randy Orton, and Ricochet. Little did those watching the match know that there was in fact another competitor involved in the match – The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar.
With Ali moments from seeming victory Lesnar made his way to the ring and claimed the briefcase and the accompanying title shot for himself.
Speaking to Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT, Mustafa Ali revealed just how last-minute his heartbreaking loss was:
“We got nothing other than ‘you’re in the match’ the week-of [the MITB match]. Day-of, I’m winning it! Man, this is my moment, this is everything I’ve been working for, I can’t believe it, this is awesome.”
“Then the match is about to start, so the entrances have started. I may be wrong about this, but Baron Corbin is making his entrance and I’m soon to be making my entrance, and that’s when I get pulled that I have to go see the boss.”
“[Vince says] ‘This is what I want. Grab the briefcase. Shock. Then you’re frozen. This is what I want.’ And you have to realise, right before you’re about to go out through the curtain is not the time to argue. You’re getting a direct order about what is to be expected of you. I know some people say ‘why didn’t you just grab the briefcase!’ [laughs]. I was more concerned with grabbing my check that week! So I grabbed my check.”
For Ali, he understands the process behind the decisions being made in the company and joked that fans have him to thank for ‘Boombox Brock:’
“At the end of the day, it’s not my show. The guy who writes this, who owns this, who decides what happens told me specific instructions and I said ‘OK, not a problem boss.’ And I went out there and did exactly what I was asked to do. At the end of the day, like, hey, it worked right? People are still talking about that moment years later. Everyone’s sad about it, but guys, we got Brock listening to the briefcase like a boombox and dancing – I gave you that gift! [laughs].”