At Night of Champions, WWE has a chance to finally write their wrongdoings with Mustafa Ali. Ali takes on Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship at the event, and after all the mismanagement and terrible fumbles with his character, they still have a chance to make him a star. The question is, will they pull the trigger?
Doing More With Less
Ali has showcased that he is one of the most resilient wrestlers in recent memory. No matter what WWE asks Ali to do, he knocks it out of the park. From his Cruiserweight Classic and 205 Live days, Ali was a standout. Even something like RETRIBUTION, which was doomed to fail from the start based on names like T-Bar and Slapjack and the presentation given, Ali and company carried themselves to be more important than the story intended.
Now, Ali is running with this “PositiveALI” gimmick and he has once again, stood out. The character of an overly positive and somewhat condescending personality should’ve immediately turned the crowd off and made the character a heel. However, due to how comedic Ali has made the character, the crowd can’t help but continue to love him.
Stop and Start
WWE has a pattern of stopping a story for Ali as soon as it gets started. It seemed as though Ali and Dolph Ziggler were headed to something substantial. There were questions of whether Ali and Ziggler would become rivals and enter a compelling midcard feud for two wrestlers that many fans wanted to see more of or if they would join forces and become a tag team. However, that story was whisked away over the last month.
Ali and Seth Rollins were originally set up to have a massive feud for the United States Championship, but as Rollins’ popularity grew, WWE once again stopped the story, due to Ali and Rollins both being loved by the crowd.
Ali has the built-in ultimate underdog story that the likes of Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston, and others have experienced in years past, and it could propel him to the main event scene. The fans see that he is one of the most talented wrestlers in the ring, constantly delivering jaw-dropping performances. Ali is also arguably a top-five wrestler on the mic when WWE allows him to talk and entertain. When they don’t, Ali will take to Twitter to show just how great he is.
In and out of the ring, Ali doesn’t give up on making fans care about him. He is everything that the WWE would want in a babyface champion, but if history is any indication, they will be too stubborn to put gold on him.
Ending Gunther’s Reign
Gunther’s Interncontential Championship reign has been one of the best in the title’s long history. However, it is time for Gunther to move on to bigger and best things, which is the World Heavyweight Championship scene, and establish himself as the top heel on the Raw brand.
WWE can build one of their biggest babyfaces in the company if Ali pulls off the upset in Saudi Arabia while also establishing their heel for the future in the main event picture and giving fans one of the biggest upsets in years. Night of Champions will be very telling on the future of Mustafa Ali.
Could Ali Leave WWE?
After being the laughing stock of a Brock Lesnar quip, as he told Ali to “Get a life, kid”, Ali took to Twitter to express everything that he wanted to say in his promo before he was interrupted. Ali gave another Twitter promo that showcases that he is one of the most talented talkers and can create a story from just his promo work. It is truly a special ability that mostwrestlers aren’t capable of doing. However, what fans were not expecting was the final point Ali made.
Ali stated “At Night of Champions, if I can’t be great, if I can’t be a champion, then I don’t deserve to be here,” making fans speculate that this could be Ali walking out of WWE, something he once attempted to do. Ali ended the video by stating “Either my dream finally comes true, or my dream dies, and if it’s going to die, then I’m going down with it.”
Saturday night will tell a lot about what direction WWE and Ali are going in, and hopefully, WWE is not losing one of their potential megastars.