Mustafa Ali has requested his release from the WWE.
Taking to Twitter, Ali made a statement on Sunday that expressed his desire to leave the company.
“I have a message that is much bigger than my dreams in pro wrestling,” Ali said. “Despite my best efforts, I will not be able to deliver this message while working with the WWE. Therefore, I am requesting my release from the WWE.”
Ali has not been seen on WWE television since October, where Drew McIntyre defeated him. Since then, he’s taped and released training videos across social media that display him working on his craft.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful released a report on Fightful Select that mentioned Ali potentially having a falling out with WWE Chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon. According to the report, Ali was looking to build on his “New America” gimmick which had videos taped and was an approved decision. However, that was changed and according to their sources there was a pitch from McMahon for “something that Mustafa Ali would have never done.”
His request for release comes at a time when the WWE has continued deep roster cuts since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Most recently, Toni Storm was granted her release upon asking, in a move that shocked much of the roster. Other names such as Bray Wyatt, Keith Lee, Braun Strowman, Tegan Nox, Karrion Kross, Scarlett, and others have been cut from the company.
WWE has yet to make an official statement regarding Ali’s request for release. For more news about Mustafa Ali, WWE, and all things wrestling, stick with Daily DDT.