Ricochet and Mustafa Ali have been engaged in a back and forth feud on Main Event over the past month. The two Superstars first rekindled their hostilities in late April and the former RETRIBUTION leader picked up the win on that occasion. Ricochet came back with a victory of his own the next week, though, and their third match on May 13 ended in a double count-out.
Both men then went one on one in a two out of three falls match yesterday and Ricochet secured the 2:1 win.
Mustafa Ali reflected on the feud ahead of the fourth match during an appearance on Sean Waltman's Pro Wrestling 4 Life and the former RETRIBUTION man revealed he pitched the rivalry to Vince McMahon.
Ali said: "The Main Event stuff happened because, after the fallout with RETRIBUTION, which was kind of like, you know, again, plans changed with that. I'm kind of sitting there for a few weeks realising they don't really know where to put me and the request was simple. I just knocked on Vince's office and said, 'Hey, if you don't have something for me right now, I get it. I'm the type of talent where if I don't use it, I'm gonna lose it. You got to get me in the ring. I need to perform. Can I just have Ricochet for four weeks on Main Event?'
"[Vince] goes, 'What's the story?' [I replied], 'That's it. Doesn't need to be anything elaborate. We don't need any gimmick matches. I go in, you know me, boss, we will carry it. We'll do all our own promos.' It wasn't like, 'Sure.' It was like, 'Okay, we'll see.' The first match happened. Then the second match happened. And now the third match happened. Maybe there's a fourth match coming, we'll see.
"It was one of the things where we went and just did it ourselves and, as much love as the matches are getting, I think the promos that we're doing on our own are getting just as much, if not more, maybe. It's this kind of thing where I just wanted to, 'Oh, y'all forgot about it for a sec, let me remind you real quick. Put me in the ring and you guys will go, 'wow.' Give me a microphone or a camera and you will go, 'wow,'" he continued.
"That's what it is sometimes, man. There's so much content that comes out. So you have to be able to constantly engage the audience and remind them because once you're not in the mix, man, you guys will go, 'We love Ali,' but after a while, if Ali's not on your screen. If I'm not on Twitter or Instagram. You're gonna forget about me. It's just natural. So that was just my way of reminding people just who the hell I am."
The rivalry appeared to conclude on yesterday's show and what's next for Ali remains to be seen. Ricochet, on the other hand, has been featured on Raw in recent weeks and he looks set for a showdown with Sheamus soon.
H/T to Fightful