Mustafa Ali recently returned to WWE television after a much-publicized disagreement with the company over his booking. Ali was the special guest on Miz TV during last night’s episode of Raw. Theory got involved, and things turned into a two-on-one handicap match between Ali and the heels.

The match didn’t last very long. Ali was squashed in the unfair fight in just under three minutes. On the most recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed what this might mean. Depending on Vince McMahon’s perspective, the tepid crowd reaction to Ali might mean a change in direction is coming.

“As he was in the ropes, Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale and pins him. But I mean, yeah, he was beaten in two and a half minutes. Like I said, the idea is it took two guys to beat him and everything like that, but in this day and age, when you’re losing in quick time like that, and it was two-on-one, but… Odds are this one didn’t help him at all.

Usually, you get two or three weeks. He got one. The fact that the crowd wasn’t that with him, if Vince was predisposed in his mind to think this isn’t going to work, that lack of crowd reaction would very much tell him that this isn’t working. So, it’s not a good thing for Ali. If Vince thinks he’s got this great idea and thinks this thing’s going to work, obviously he’ll ignore the crowd reaction. Gotta finish up our story, and by the end of the story, he’ll be over.

A lot of times, you don’t have that mentality. The mentality is, ‘You’ve got your three weeks, get over,’ and when you don’t, there you are.”

Mustafa Ali had a great deal of momentum and support after WWE refused to grant him his release. The #FreeAli movement saw fans everywhere pushing for Ali. The live crowds at Raw have not been as enthusiastic, and the WWE Universe can be certain that Mr. McMahon is watching their every reaction.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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