Ali was introduced when WWE Champion Daniel Bryan issued an open challenge which was accepted by Ali, in late 2018. This is after having a run on the 205 Live brand.
The SmackDown star was recently a guest on Chris Jericho’s podcast, Talk is Jericho, where he spoke about a wide range of topics including the reasoning behind his mind that he thinks Bryan helped him on the main roster. He also stated that in his opinion, Bryan knows a lot more about pro wrestling than what he’s letting off.
“There is so… and I’ll never put words in anyone’s mouth, but there is so many inclinations that I’m having that he’s got more to say about it than he’s letting on.” Ali said on Talk Is Jericho. “I mean just for a guy to get plucked out of 205 and get put with him in a program and then attacked [by Daniel] backstage after my third week on SmackDown. It’s all him, you know what I mean? And man, what a guy to learn from. I can’t say enough good things about him, but yeah, he’ll never come out and say it. I have a strong feeling he’s more involved than he’s letting on.”
You can listen to the entire interview by clicking on the player below:
H/T to Fightful for the transcript