If you caught 205 Live last night, you saw a newly babyface’d Mustafa Ali take on an unnamed competitor in his hometown of Chicago.
Ali managed to win in front of a local crowd–a shocker in WWE tradition–but that wasn’t the strangest part of the match.
No, that was the fact that his opponent appeared to suffer an injury from the moment the bell rang.
They finished the match as it appeared to have been planned, but the in-ring limp was impossible to ignore.
That opponent is known to his fans on the indie circuit as Mr. 450, and the injury was indeed legitimate.
You can see it in the clip below.
It’s a bummer for both Mustafa and Mr. 450, putting a serious damper on what should have been a fantastic moment for both wrestlers. This message hit Instagram after the show.
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About last night: finally after 15 years of hard work I finally got the chance I been waiting for. It didn't go as planned .During the match I blew my knee (possibly a torn meniscus) I felt so terrible as this was gonna be a huge moment for @mustafaaliwwe and for us to wrestle each other in Chicago in front of our people was something truly special. @jasonayerswwe thank you for doing what you did. Now my journey begins to get healthy and come back even stronger. #205live
You reach for your dreams but sometimes the door just won’t stay open. I feel for ya, Mr. 450.