WWE star Mustafa Ali thinks Seth Rollins rivalry was suddenly dropped for simple reason after epic attack

WWE superstar Mustafa Ali on Seth Rollins rivalry
Mustafa Ali wishes the rivalry had gone further (Picture: WWE)

Mustafa Ali didn’t take it personally when his WWE rivalry with Seth Rollins ended before it really began.

The supremely talented star is unfortunately used to plans falling through, having seen a potential WrestleMania 37 feud with Kofi Kingston get put on the backburner before a similar thing happened after he attacked Rollins on Raw in October 2022.

Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk before facing GUNTHER for the Intercontinental Title at Night of Champions later this month, Ali said: ‘I don’t think it was a knock.

‘What I think happened was, I was this babyface that wasn’t fully developed, so you have to reintroduce me as this contender.sby Metro00:36Lizzo fan Katherine Ryan reveals thoughts on ‘jarring’ accusations

‘Even though Seth was this bad guy champion, he was blurring the lines where the fans were really starting to sing his song, and they had to make a decision. Do we lean into this, or does he commit to being the bad guy?’

Ali suggested that ‘because those lines were blurred’, it would have been too much of a ‘mismatch’ to have himself as an underdog going up against the ‘meteoric rise’ of Rollins with the fans behind him.

WWE superstar Mustafa Ali attacks Seth Rollins on Raw in October 2022
Mustafa attacked Seth as Raw went off the air in October last year (Picture: WWE)

‘The matches would have been incredible, but I feel like they pulled back on it because they’re saying, “Well let’s see what’s happening with Seth first”. What happened, happened,’ he smiled.

‘Good for him! He’s standing in Paris for 12 minutes while people are singing his song so I’m glad for him. Hopefully we’ll get to it again someday. But yeah, I’m good with that, I’m ok with that.’

The 37-year-old star admitted he always has a ‘competitive mindset’ of striving for more, rather than simply enjoying something in the moment without looking to the future.

WWE superstar Seth Rollins hits the Stomp on The Miz
Instead, Seth has been position as a major fan favourite (Picture: WWE/Craig Ambrosio)

And while he was hoping he and Seth would end up facing each other at a premium live event, he is secure enough in his own talent and mentality to know he’s doing everything he can to make things happen.

‘I’m not in the room, I’m not the one making the decisions. All I know is,w hen it’s all said and done, if I go my entire career without winning a championship, if go my entire career without having what I like to call a “promoted opportunity”, i can look in the mirror and say, “I know it wasn’t me,”‘ he said.

‘I’ve tried everything. I’m in the best shape of my life right now, I’ve done numerous character pitches, developments, presentations. I know I’m putting in the work, I’m knocking on every door.

‘I’m not the guy that’s sitting back in the locker room going, “If they need me…” No, I’m out there hustling and bustling. At the end of the day, what’s meant to be will be. I truly, truly believe that.’

WWE superstar Mustafa Ali earns Intercontinental Championship match against GUNTHER at Night of Champions after winning Battle Royal on Raw
Ali will face GUNTHER at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia (Picture: WWE)

Ali puts his faith in God, and trusts that the path he’s on is the right one for him, wherever he ends up.

He explained: ‘If it’s good for me and God wants me to get it, it’ll happen. If it’s bad for me, God’ll put up all these obstacles and these roadblocks and allow me not to get it.

‘That’s the mindset I’m operating under lately, and I feel like it’s healthy, it’s good for me. I’m at peace with it, because I’m willing to do whatever it takes but at the same time, you have to let me in.’

Indeed, just days after we spoke, Ali won a Battle Royal on Raw to earn himself a shot at GUNTHER for the Intercontinental Championship in Saudi Arabia on May 27, just weeks after visiting the country and doing Umrah doing the Holy month of Ramadan during a promotional tour.

‘The best thing about it was I saw Muslims from all across the world – white, Russian, Chinese, Hispanic – just all these different races and cultures in the same place doing the same religious customs, and it really warmed my heart because it’s not something I necessarily see a lot back in the States,’ he admitted.

‘I’m in my own community with my own people, so it was such a refreshing thing to be there. I’m very grateful for it!’

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