Mustafa Ali made a surprise return to WWE on the April 25th edition of Monday Night Raw.
Ali would interrupt a Miz TV segment featuring new United States Champion Austin Theory, who is now going by the name of Theory. The former Retribution leader has dropped the appearance of the now broken up faction and has turned face. Miz and Theory would mock the fact that Ali has not been on TV in a number of months, to which Ali shrugged off and would go on to challenge Theory to a US Title match, to which the champ rejected.
Ali would then turn his attention to The Miz, who challenged the former WWE Champion to a match. Theory stated that he has just texted Mr. McMahon, making the match official. Ali showed no ring rust following the lengthy hiatus and would defeat The Miz with a surprise rollup.
Mustafa Ali was last seen on WWE TV in November 2021, losing to Drew McIntyre in a singles match on SmackDown. Ali has been reportedly unhappy with the way that he has been used on WWE recently, and has expressed his anger on social media multiple times. In January 2022, Ali publicly asked for his release from WWE, which was denied by the company.
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