Mustafa Ali has announced that he has requested his release from WWE. A new report has shed further light on the situation, saying that there was an incident that saw him and Vince McMahon have a “heated argument”.
“I have a message that is much bigger than my dreams in pro wrestling.
“Despite my best efforts, I will not be able to deliver this message while working with WWE.
“Therefore, I am requesting my release from WWE.”
i am requesting my release from wwe pic.twitter.com/Q1QP8SA5zV
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) January 16, 2022
Following Ali’s statement, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful confirmed that the former Retribution leader’s recent lengthy absence was not because of paternity leave and that the star had only asked to be absent for one show for the birth of his child.
I'll go ahead and say this much publicly — Mustafa Ali hasn't been on paternity leave. He asked for one show off for that. https://t.co/BKK7nvHVqI
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) January 16, 2022
A report from Fightful that was released after Ali did not appear at SmackDown in his hometown of Chicago stated that Ali only asked for a couple of weeks off for paternity leave, however, he has not been seen on TV for several months.
The report also said that the reason for Ali’s absence was simply because there were no plans for the SmackDown star.
Fightful Select has now shed more light on the events that may have led to Ali’s request to be let go from the company.
The issues leading to his absence are said to stem from the “New America” gimmick Ali hinted at several weeks ago. The idea was accepted at first, however, Vince McMahon seemingly decided against it and pitched something else that was said to be “something Mustafa Ali would never have done.” This resulted in a heated argument between the two and Ali’s later absence from WWE.
While it is currently unknown if WWE will grant the release, Fightful quoted a higher-up in the company who believes it would be difficult to justify not granting releases because of the budget cuts that have happened over the past few months.