Mustafa Ali Asks For WWE Release

Says he has a message that goes beyond wrestling

Mustafa Ali has requested his release from WWE.

The SmackDown performer made note of his request in posts on both his Twitter and Instagram pages.

Ali's post reads, "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."

It is not known at press time if WWE has granted the request.

A pro since 2003, Ali joined WWE late in 2016. Initially part of the Cruiserweight division, Ali broke out as a WWE title contender in 2019.

In the autumn of 2020, Ali was revealed as the leader of the Retribution stable. His followers turned on him in March, effectively ending the group.

Ali then moved on to a rivalry with Mansoor, which concluded in October. Ali's most recent match with WWE was a two minute loss to Drew McIntyre on SmackDown the same month.

All was subject of several unused character changes. He was once supposed to be revealed as a hacker that exposed covert activity of other wrestlers, but the angle was dropped. In November, Ali released an unused vignette to social media, in which he gave a pseudo political speech at a rally.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.