Raw star Mustafa Ali has discussed going public earlier in 2022 with his demands at the time to be released from his WWE contract.
On January 16th Mustafa Ali posted a video on social media revealing that he had requested his release from WWE. The star had been absent from television for a number of months, and it was unclear as to when he would be returning. While it was initially suggested that his absence had been related to paternity leave, it was later revealed that Ali only asked to miss one show.
WWE refused this request and after missing several months of WWE television, Mustafa Ali eventually returned on the April 25th edition of Raw.
Now speaking on the After the Bell podcast, Mustafa Ali has explained why he went public with his request to leave and says private conversations were going nowhere:
“I’m very comfortable talking about it. I believe private conversations are meant to be private. The reason it went public is because that private conversation went nowhere. So anyone that truly knows me and I know there’s a portion of the audience that was like, ‘How unprofessional.'”
“Anyone that’s ever worked with me as a human being knows how much I love this place, how much I love sports entertainment, and how much I love wrestling. This is the only thing I ever wanna do. But for me to even get to that point, that’s the issue.”
“Everyone’s judging the action. They’re not judging the intention behind the action. Corey [Graves], you know me. Imagine how much it would take for me to try to leave. So, I think that’s the conversation. That’s the hot topic. And again, there are situations that I can’t publicly discuss, but that’s what I would want to say about that whole issue. The only reason they got to that point is because there was no other option.”