Mustafa Ali took to Instagram on Wednesday to reflect on his 2019.
Ali was scheduled to be in Kofi Kingston's position in February, lasting an hour in a gauntlet match on SmackDown and competing inside Elimination Chamber. Unfortunately, an injury took him out of that position, leading to Kofi's run to WrestleMania 35. Ali was lost in the mix throughout 2019, appearing on-and-off on television. Ali touched on his lost opportunity in the post but stated he still found his purpose this year.
You can read Ali's full post below.
I’ve been reminded, every day, that getting injured earlier this year took away the biggest opportunity of my life. What people don’t know is I tried to fight through the injury. I wrestled another 3 shows( my choice) before finally collapsing backstage. I tried so hard to get to my feet because I knew if I didn’t get up this opportunity will be gone. I guess I took too long to get to my feet. And just like that, the opportunity was gone. Everyday this year all I can think about is, “Why couldn’t you hold on a little longer?” Despite coming back, producing my own vignettes, getting in the best shape of my life and having a story that literally writes itself, I haven’t been able to get close to that opportunity again. Lost in the shuffle. I thought 2019 was going to be the year that the dream turned into a nightmare. Then, I see a photo like this. I see what I want this world to be. I see who I want to be. I see I’ve got to travel the world and breakdown barriers and shatter stereotypes. For those of you that know my story, you know that I use to play a stereotypical role as an evil foreigner and one day I saw a young boy with blonde hair and blue eyes in the crowd. I saw fear on his face. I saw that I taught him to hate people that look like me. And now, I’m able to right that wrong. I’m able to bring light to the dark. I may have missed out on an opportunity, but I didn’t miss out on my purpose. -- @themattycox
Ali is currently teaming with Shorty G on WWE SmackDown. You can read more about Ali's missed opportunity by clicking here.