Samoa Joe & Andrade Almas vs Rey Mysterio & Mustafa Ali
January 8, 2019
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL
WWE SmackDown Live #1012
Two **** matches on WWE TV in the same week? Yep. This was a PPV main event quality match, serving two. #1, it elevated Andrade Almas, whom we hope is finally the recipient of the push he deserves. And #2, it got Mustafa Ali over. The Pakistani former police officer got a huge break when he was moved the main roster, and he’s proving why he’s worthy of the spot. No, he doesn’t get the accolades most indie guys get, but he’s just as good as anyone on that scene. He was excellent here, and he must be having the time of his life finally getting the chance to show what he’s capable of.
Crowd was hot for this, and you can’t say anything negative about it. A real sleeper of a match that woke everyone up to just how good the talent on the WWE roster can be when given the chance.