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Nobody has a better reason for wanting to be United States champ than Mustafa Ali

We’re big Mustafa Ali fans here at Cageside Seats. The promos he releases himself online and his real-life backstory are two big reasons why.

Today (Dec. 5), he combined those to give us more reasons to cheer him on his pursuit of WWE’s United States championship.

“To me, it’s very easy to go into battle when you look behind you and there’s an army following you. But lately for me, when I look back, I don’t see a lot of people following me. And I understand why a lot of people have given up on me. Week after week, loss after loss, beatdown after beatdown — I get it. But all I can say is that I hope you don’t give up on me.

“I hope you don’t give up on my chase for the United States championship, and here’s why.

“Why do I keep getting getting up? Why, after beatdown after beatdown, do I keep picking a fight?

“The reason why is I wanna take you all the way back to when I was in high school, on 9/11. The tragic events unfolded, and the teachers thought it would be best to let the students talk and express their emotions and how they feel. I remember raising my hand and saying, ‘I can’t believe this happened to us.’

“Kid in front of me turns around, and he said, ‘Us? What are you talking about? Your people did this.’

“And I looked around the class. I looked at the teacher. I was hoping someone would say something to help me or defend me. No one said anything. Despite being born here, in this country, despite being an American, despite being a former police officer, a guy that actually wanted to protect people, that was willing to put his life on the line — not American enough.

“So the United States championship — sure it means more TV time, it means more money, it means a lot of things to a lot of people. But to me, it means I belong. And that’s all I’ve been chasing for my entire life. I don’t know how I’m gonna become the United States champion, I don’t know when I’m gonna become the United States champion, but I know why I wanna become the United States champion.

“And now you do, too.”

The Triple H era of WWE hasn’t been perfect, but two of the reasons it gets praised are the way its treated secondary titles and how its given more members of the roster television storylines. Both of those converge here too.

Does Ali’s latest make you more invested in his chase of the red, white & blue belt?

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