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Backstage Update on Mustafa Ali’s WWE Status Following World Cup Announcement, Ali Reacts


Mustafa Ali was announced for the WWE SmackDown World Cup on Friday night, along with 7 blue brand Superstars, but word is that he is not a full-time SmackDown roster member just yet.

Ali is currently working a program on RAW with WWE United States Champion Seth Rollins, and last night’s World Cup announcement led to speculation on WWE possibly moving him over to SmackDown. However, a new report from Fightful Select notes how sources have confirmed that Ali is still a member of RAW, and is supposed to work both shows during the three-week tournament.

There’s no word yet on why Ali was chosen for the tournament instead of a SmackDown Superstar. It was reported earlier on Friday how Rey Mysterio was set to be a tournament competitor, but WWE ended up replacing him with Ali.

Ali, who is still listed as a RAW Superstar on the official WWE website roster, took to Twitter and commented on representing Pakistan in the tournament.

“incredible opportunity. proud to be american. proud to be indian. and proud to be representing pakistan in this tournament!,” he wrote.

Ali will face Ricochet in a first round match next Friday night. You can click here for full details on the tournament after night one, along with footage and a look at the World Cup trophy.

Below is the full tweet from Ali:

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