SmackDown Live's rising star Ali is another 205 Live alumni who has made waves since being called up to the main roster and finding a home on the blue brand. In fact, were it not for some unfortunate injuries, he may very well have won championship gold by now!
Another factor behind Ali's success on the main roster, aside from his obviously phenomenal in-ring talent, seems to be that he's caught the eye of Vince McMahon, again thanks to the hard work he puts in in the ring, as well as writing and filming his own promos. The Chairman even offered him some advice, as Ali told Chris Jericho on Talk Is Jericho,
I came back and he gave me feedback about the promo and this and that and he goes, ‘The one thing I wish you would have changed – you’ve got to remember, a guy like you, you’re always fighting from under. You have this rare quality to get actual empathy from the crowd. That’s so hard nowadays. Nowadays people are whatever. I feel like you have the ability to make them go, ‘Man, he’s really taking a beating.’’ He goes, ‘That’s where you’re gonna make your money,’ and he’s kind of like pointing at my chest when he’s saying that. He goes, ‘That’s how you’re gonna make your money.’ I was like, ‘Holy crap,’ and it’s crystal clear direction now.
It certainly seems like a matter of time before Ali wins his first main roster title, and it might even be as soon as SummerSlam as he seems set to take on Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Title on the show.Published 05 Aug 2019, 10:47 IST