WWE News: ‘Raw’ Superstar Reveals He’s Been Wrestling With A Serious Injury

Despite the various rumors suggesting that his faction, RETRIBUTION, might soon be disbanding amid their continued lack of success on Monday Night Raw, Mustafa Ali has remained an integral part of the red brand’s mid-card scene as the group’s leader. He has also competed in a number of televised matches in recent weeks, but as he recently admitted during a social media Q&A session with fans, he has been seeing action in the ring while dealing with a serious injury.

Ali Has Been Wrestling With Torn PCL

Riddle and Mustafa Ali stare each other down in the ring.
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As quoted by Wrestling Inc. on Tuesday, Ali fielded a number of questions from his Twitter followers that day, with one fan asking him what his biggest frustration is as a WWE superstar. That was when he revealed he is currently nursing a torn PCL, adding that it is “incredibly frustrating” to be in his situation right now.

Ali’s most recent match took place on the March 1 episode of Raw, where he defeated reigning United States Champion Riddle in non-title action.

Ali Teases Feud Against Riddle

Mustafa Ali and Riddle wrestle on the March 1, 2021, episode of Monday Night Raw.
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In addition to the question about his biggest frustration, Ali was also asked about the finisher that he used to pick up the win over Riddle.

“A backstabber. things obviously got scary, but last second adjustments were made and everyone is okay. we will be able to battle another day,” he tweeted.

Ali then answered a follow-up question from a fan, revealing that he would like to challenge Riddle for his U.S. title at WrestleMania 37 , which kicks off on Saturday, April 10.

Injuries Have Slowed Ali Down For Years

Mustafa Ali makes his way to the ring.
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Despite getting called up to WWE’s main roster with much hype in early 2018, Ali hasn’t been able to fully capitalize on the opportunities presented to him due to multiple injuries. These included one that took him out of action in the lead-up to WrestleMania 35 in 2019 and resulted in Kofi Kingston taking his spot on the card and eventually winning the WWE Championship at the event. He has also been quite open about how he supposedly hasn’t been used to his full potential as a main roster talent.

RETRIBUTION Might Be Making Changes Soon

Mustafa Ali scolds (L-R) RECKONING, T-BAR, and MACE of RETRIBUTION.
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While it remains unclear whether Ali will have to miss time due to his PCL injury, recent episodes of Raw have seen quite a few teases that RETRIBUTION might soon break up, or at least undergo some changes. 

As recapped by Ringside News, Ali hinted at the latter on this week’s episode of the red brand’s show, telling his stablemates that all of them have “failed” him through their poor win-loss record. He added that if the faction continues to struggle, then it might be the group itself that “needs to be shaken up.”