That would do it. Like him or not, there is no one in the wrestling world as powerful as Vince McMahon. The right or wrong take from McMahon can determine where a wrestler’s career goes and there is little that can be done to chance that. These issues are often for the worse and unfortunately that seems to be the case again with one of the more underused WWE stars.
Earlier today, WWE star Mustafa Ali announced that he was requesting his release from the company, saying that he is unable to deliver the message that he wants to deliver while working for the company. According to Fightful Select, Ali has been ready to return to WWE television since the beginning of December, following one week off for the birth of his third child.
Ali had been expected to return with his New America gimmick, which never made air, though Ali did release an unaired promo on Twitter. Instead, McMahon changed his mind and pitched something Ali never would have done, leading to a “heated argument” between the two. It is not known what the new character would have been and there is no word on if or when WWE will decide to grant Ali’s request for a release.
Opinion: What I find interesting, as well as concerning, about this isn’t the fact that WWE changed their minds again, but rather that another wrestler is throwing up his hands and walking away. That feels like something you might be seeing happen more often in the future and that could be a very serious problem for WWE going forward. WWE has made it fairly clear that there are some wrestlers they are not going to push and some of those wrestlers just might not want to stick around. That is a problem that will not be solved without some adjustments that WWE might not be willing to make.
What does Ali’s request mean for WWE? Where will he wrestle next? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books
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