WWE Superstar Mustafa Ali says he has been more underutilised than anyone else in the long and storied history of the company.
Ali’s WWE career has been very stop-start with things potentially being very different for the star if he hadn’t suffered an injury that kept him out of the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match in 2019 – only three months after becoming a full-time member of the SmackDown roster.
Kofi Kingston took Ali’s place and KofiMania ran wild all the way to besting Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35.
Another near miss for Mustafa Ali came only weeks later at Money In The Bank. The high-flying star was originally booked to win the briefcase before this outcome was changed at the last second to Brock Lesnar shockingly entering the match with Ali on the verge of victory and taking the briefcase for himself.
By the end of 2019, Mustafa Ali was off WWE TV and wouldn’t re-emerge until July 2020. In the meantime, mysterious vignettes aired on SmackDown suggesting a hacker was controlling things and trying to send his own message to the WWE Universe.
In October of 2020, Ali revealed himself to be the leader of the masked RETRIBUTION stable and also unveiled himself as the mysterious SmackDown hacker although neither of these roles amounted to much and RETRIBUTION was over as quickly as it apparently had begun.
Speaking on WWE’s The Bump, Mustafa Ali discussed the hacker character and says fans might not have seen the last of it:
“Yeah, the message carrier, the hacker, I thought it was something that had some legs. Obviously, with where we work and the industry itself, things are constantly changing. But who knows? Maybe, the hacker will return one day.”
Ali then went on to deliver a startling message that he believes no one in the history of WWE has been more underutilised than he has:
“I think I’m the most unheard voice in the history of WWE. With zero hesitation in my voice, with no flinch whatsoever, I will say pound for pound, I am the most underutilized talent in this company’s history. Does that put it into perspective for you?”
Ali will face his former tag team partner Mansoor in the Saudi star’s home country when WWE returns to the Middle East for Crown Jewel.