Has Ali moved brands? (Photo: WWE)
WWE has reportedly moved Mustafa Ali from Raw to SmackDown – at least internally.
According to reports, the former Cruiserweight Champion is still listed on the blue brand on WWE.com, but internally he has been switched to Monday nights.
The news – which comes from PWInsider’s Mike Johson – suggests Ali is set for a change of scenery despite being linked to one of SmackDown’s longer-running storylines.
The blue brand has aired plenty of vignettes for a mystery hacker in recent weeks, with many believing the former police officer to be the man under the hood.
However, that storyline now seems to be up in the air too, with no sign of the hacker on this week’s show and its future unclear if Ali is indeed moving to Raw.
In terms of in-ring action, the rumoured moved won’t have too much of an impact considering the 34-year-old superstar hasn’t actually appeared on air since 13 December when he and Shorty G lost to The Revival.
Since then, he has only competed in dark matches, with the most recent against Drew Gulak back in February.
WWE has given itself the option to move talent from SmackDown to Raw like this, even if it seems out of nowhere.
AJ Styles recently got drafted between brands in exchange for ‘superstars to be named later’.
This could easily be used as an explanation for Ali’s show switch, if indeed the reports prove correct.
Iâm thankful you posted this because Iâm now aware of what you stand for. When black brothers and sisters are crying, you praise someone that refuses to acknowledge their hurt. https://t.co/O4xm5L3Rpl
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) June 2, 2020
Ryker wrote: ‘Thankful for the @POTUS we have! God bless America. Build of freedom. Forgotten No More.’
His tweet came as the president addressed reporters, promising military response and holding up a Bible in front of St John’s Church after armed soldiers used tear gas to disperse people from the area near the White House as they were peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd.
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Ali responded: ‘I’m thankful you posted this because I’m now aware of what you stand for.
‘When black brothers and sisters are crying, you praise someone that refuses to acknowledge their hurt.’
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