Just days after making a live appearance on NXT television, Mustafa Ali has shockingly announced his departure from the WWE. This news comes amidst the brewing tension over Dragon Lee being slated to challenge Dominik Mysterio for the North American Championship on Raw.
Interestingly, Ali had recently secured his spot as the number one contender after besting Lee, with his title match scheduled for the No Mercy event on September 30th. Yet, in an unexpected twist, Ali seems to have other plans.
Through a poignant message on social media, Ali stated, “I am no longer working with WWE. I look forward to the future. Thank you, -Adeel,” signing off with his real name, emphasizing the personal nature of this decision.
Ali's Prior WWE Rift
For followers of WWE, this may feel like déjà vu. Mustafa Ali had expressed a desire to leave the company previously. Back in January 2022, Ali openly shared on social media his intention to request a release from WWE.
Insider reports from that time hinted that Ali's absence from the WWE screen was largely due to creative differences surrounding his "New America" gimmick, which he had recently introduced in NXT. Initially, the concept seemed to have been greenlit.
However, things took a turn when WWE's chairman, Vince McMahon, proposed a different direction for the character. This suggested angle was characterized as something entirely divergent from what Ali envisioned for himself. Sources indicate that this led to a heated exchange between McMahon and Ali, resulting in Ali's subsequent hiatus from WWE programming.
With this latest announcement, it's clear that the tensions between the superstar and the organization reached an impasse. Fans worldwide will now eagerly await to see where Mustafa Ali, or perhaps more appropriately, Adeel, will showcase his talents next.
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