Mustafa Ali (March 28, 1986) is a Pakistani-American professional wrestler, currently working for WWE on its Raw brand in its cruiserweight division. He is the first wrestler of Pakistani descent to work in WWE.
Professional wrestling career
Independent circuit (2003–2016)
Ali worked on various independent wrestling promotions, including DREAMWAVE Wrestling where he was a former DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion and DREAMWAVE World Champion. He also often appeared on other well-known promotions, such as All American Wrestling, Freelance Wrestling, GALLI Lucha Libre, IWA Mid-South, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance, and Proving Ground Pro. He was trained by Kenny Courageous from 2002-2003 and then Sal and Vito Thomaselli in 2008. He also received training in Lucha Libre from Skayde in 2016.
Cruiserweight Classic and NXT (2016)
After Zumbi was not able to participate in the Cruiserweight Classic due to visa issues, WWE announced that Ali would replace him, dropping the "Prince" from his ring name. Ali lost to Lince Dorado in the first round of the tournament. Ali later made multiple appearances in NXT while still working in the independent circuit. He lost to Hideo Itami in the July 13, 2016 episode of NXT. Ali competed in a dark match during the July 14 tapings of the Cruiserweight Classic alongside Sean Maluta, in a losing effort to TM-61. On the September 28 edition of NXT, Ali was announced as a participant in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic alongside Lince Dorado. He and Dorado lost to fellow Cruiserweight Classic competitors Kota Ibushi and TJ Perkins in the first round. Ali has since competed at NXT live events, losing to the likes of Kona Reeves, Tony Nese, and the team of Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford alongside Ariya Daivari.
Raw and 205 Live (2016–present)
Mustafa Ali was announced as apart of Raw's new cruiserweight division, although he never competed on Raw until the creation of the cruiserweight-exclusive show 205 Live. He fought to a double count out against Lince Dorado on the fourth episode of the show and attacking him after the match, teasing a heel debut, though later establishing himself as a face in the following weeks. He has also defeated John Yurnet and Noam Dar. Mustafa Ali made his Raw debut on January 23rd, 2017. He pinned Drew Gulak after hitting a reverse 450 in a six man tag team match teaming with TJ Perkins and Jack Gallagher against Gulak, Tony Nese, and Ariya Daivari.
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Freelance Wrestling
- FW Championship (1 time)