That could have been good. Every now and then in wrestling, you see a storyline just get dropped out of nowhere. That can be rather annoying at times as you can tell that it would give us a good match. What can make it even worse is when you have a match that has been built up over time or has a history behind it. That was to be the case at WrestleMania 37 but things have changed.

Back at WrestleMania 35, Kofi Kingston won the WWE Title from Daniel Bryan in a major upset. The win was one of the most emotional victories in company history as Kingston was receiving his first singles shot at the title after eleven years with the company. It was an amazing moment, but it might not have been the original plan. That was to be the basis of a since canceled WrestleMania match.

During a new interview with Metro, Mustafa Ali revealed that he was scheduled to face Kingston in a match at WrestleMania 37, but plans were ultimately changed. Kingston replaced an injured Ali in the Elimination Chamber in 2019, which started his path to the title at WrestleMaina. There is no word on why the plans were changed. Kingston is currently scheduled to team with Xavier Woods to defend the Raw Tag Team Titles against AJ Styles and Omos at WrestleMania 37, while Ali is not currently on the card.

The two did tease a match. Check out the build to what could have been:

RETRIBUTION want to bring The New Day back to reality: WWE Network Exclusive, Jan. 18, 2021

Xavier Woods vs. MACE: Raw, Jan. 18, 2021

Xavier Woods vs. Mustafa Ali: Raw, Feb. 1, 2021

Opinion: This was disappointing for me as it was a match that had some potential. Ali has never gotten the big moment on the grand stage and while a midcard match against Kingston might not be the show’s headliner, it would be the kind of thing that could have kick started Ali’s career. Ali has been waiting for that moment for a long time now and it would be a shame for it to never happen.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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