Following Mustafa Ali’s announcement that he has requested his WWE release, further details have emerged, including an incident that saw him and Vince McMahon have a “heated argument”.
Earlier today, Mustafa Ali announced that he had requested his WWE release.
Since then, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful confirmed that Mustafa Ali’s lengthy absence was not due to paternity leave, and that the SmackDown star actually 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 previous report from Fightful emerged after Ali did not appear at SmackDown in his hometown of Chicago stating that Ali asked for a couple of weeks off for paternity leave – much less than the time Ali had actually been away from television.
The report added that the reason for Ali’s absence was simply because there was nothing planned for the former RETRIBUTION leader.
An additional note states that Ali was sent home early for the requested paternity leave, and he’s not been on the road since before Survivor Series.
Taking to social media, WWE Superstar Mustafa Ali stated that he is requesting his release from WWE, while sharing a longer message in video form, with text reading:
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.
Now, Fightful Select has shed more light on the events that may have led to the request.
The issues leading to his absence are said to stem from the “New America” gimmick Ali mentioned several weeks ago. The idea was initially accepted, however, Vince McMahon seemingly changed his mind and pitched something else that was said to be “something Mustafa Ali would never have done.” This led to a heated argument between the two and Ali’s subsequent absence from WWE.
While it is not yet known if WWE will grant the release, Fightful say a higher-up in the company believes it would be difficult to justify not granting releases because of the budget cuts that have happened over the past few months.
We will report more news on this developing story as it happens.