Sun. May 22nd, 2022

Despite his recent public request to be released from his WWE contract and the company releasing dozens of professional wrestlers in recent months, Mustafa Ali will continue to be a part of the WWE SmackDown roster.

WWE still has plans for Ali, who previously was the leader of the faction Retribution and had a memorable feud with Daniel Bryan in 2018, which is why the company has denied his release request per Fightful Select. The report also states that Ali currently has multiple years left on his deal.

“I have a message that is much bigger than my dreams in pro wrestling,” said Ali on Twitter earlier this month. “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.”

Check out Mustafa Ali’s WWE release request video below:

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Ali joined WWE in 2016 after competing in the Cruiserweight Classic tournament. After a year of competing on 205 Live, Ali began feuding with Daniel Bryan on SmackDown. Eventually, Ali became the leader of the ill-fated faction Retribution in 2020 and has been used rarely on television since the group disbanded.

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