Mustafa Ali's match against Daniel Bryan on last week's SmackDown wasn't a one-off appearance.
During tonight's episode, it was announced that Ali has been added to the SmackDown roster. Ali is teaming with AJ Styles against Bryan & Andrade "Cien" Almas on this week's show.
Bryan defeated Ali last Tuesday, with Bryan submitting Ali with a heel hook and then putting him in another heel hook on the stage during a post-match angle. WWE's Instagram account highlighted Ali's performance by uploading a video where Jeff Hardy, The Usos, and The New Day all greeted him backstage after the match and congratulated him.
Ali had been one of the top wrestlers on 205 Live prior to joining the SmackDown roster. He took part in the Cruiserweight Championship match at last month's Survivor Series pay-per-view, where Buddy Murphy defeated Ali to retain the title.
Ali's addition to the roster comes as the McMahons have "taken over" as the on-screen authority figures of Raw and SmackDown and are promising fresh faces and matchups.