During one of his very first matches on SmackDown where he teamed up with AJ Styles to take on Daniel Bryan and Andrade, Mustafa Ali was involved in a very troubling situation, in the main event.
Ali hit is finisher on Bryan and got the pin on the WWE Champion. However, the finisher did not land properly, and he landed straight on Bryan’s head.
On the recent edition of “Talk Is Jericho”, Ali revealed that he apologized to Bryan immediately following the incident and also added that Bryan assured him he was completely fine. Ali said:
“Yeah, that was a freakout. That was the tag match, and there’s no explanation behind it other than it… no one bats a hundred man. He wasn’t out of position. It wasn’t like we were rushing on time because SmackDown has to be off. It was none of that and obviously when it happened, anyone could see that I was like, ‘Holy [crap], I just landed on his face’. Luckily when we came back, we found out it was his chin. I mean still you can knock someone out easily with that, but it’s almost like as it happened, you could see me kind of, I’m trying to make myself even lighter if that makes sense — so I don’t squish him. But I got him, and I felt… one you’re thinking did I just mess up the WWE Champion? Heat, what’s gonna happen to me? This is my first night.”
Ali continued, “Yeah, there goes my push like whatever, and you’re freaking out and it was extra stressful because it was a night we were taping the second SmackDown for Christmas so I had a match right after that. So I’m trying to get mentally ready for that and the finish was that move again. So now you’re talking about playing games with your mind. You’re like, ‘Am I gonna land on Cien [Andrade] on this one too?’ And luckily I got some good brothers back there that are giving me a pep talk like, ‘Get your head in the game. He’s fine’, and literally they checked him, Bryan was fine, he assured me he was fine.”
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