WWE/Mustafa Ali update

Jan 20, 2022 - by Marc Middleton

Mustafa Ali will reportedly not receive his WWE release.

As noted, Ali took to Twitter over the weekend and announced that he had asked to be released from his WWE contract. It was expected that he would be granted the departure given how many releases WWE has made in the last year or so.

In an update, word now is that WWE will not be granting Ali his release, according to Fightful Select. WWE officials reportedly spoke with Ali and informed him that he will not receive the release at this time.

Ali still has multiple years left on his WWE contract.

It was noted that the term “value” was brought up a lot in the talks between WWE and Ali, but there’s no word on exactly what that means or why WWE decided against the request. As reported earlier, Ali and WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon recently had a heated argument over his creative direction, and he has not been used on TV since then.

Ali has not wrestled since losing to Drew McIntyre on the October 29 edition of SmackDown, which came right after two losses to former tag team partner Mansoor, including a loss at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. Ali requested some time off in late November as his wife welcomed their second child, but only one day.

Stay tuned for more on Ali’s WWE status.

6 Responses

  1. art123guy says:

    So WWE’s business practice is to let people go that want to stay and keep people who want to leave. Got it! Seriously though, they let go nearly 100 wrestlers last year and a handful a few weeks ago, but they won’t let a guy go who doesn’t wanna be there. Maybe he should follow Toni Storm’s lead and just leave or not show up.

  2. Gerry says:

    He’s been gone for almost 3 months and no one has noticed..

  3. Pisto75666 says:


    So you’ve talked to every single WWE fan, right?

  4. Indigo Andy says:

    It sucks for him in a way, but it also is kinda good that WWE considers him someone worth fighting to keep when they’ve let so many people go through the door.

    Someone clearly sees potential in him, but why exactly he can’t get a full decent story to keep going seems to be a mystery.

  5. art123guy says:

    @Indigo Andy–Interesting take. If it weren’t the WWE, I’d agree with you. But since it IS the WWE, my guess is they don’t wanna let him go because they wanna ‘punish’ him or, more likely, they just don’t want him to be successful elsewhere.

  6. Pete Haines says:

    What a fool. Keep your job!

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