• Mustafa Ali Blocks WWE On FOX
Mustafa Ali recently announced on Twitter that he has requested his release from WWE.
Below is the statement that he posted:
“I have a message that is much bigger than my dreams in pro wrestling. 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.”
According to Fightful Select, Ali had a heated argument with WWE CEO Vince McMahon over his new character:
“As Ali revealed weeks ago, there was a vignette filmed for a Mustafa Ali ‘New America’ gimmick that looked promising for the star.
According to those in the know, initially the character was accepted, before those in power in WWE changed their mind.
We’re told that in its place, there was a pitch from Vince McMahon for ‘something Mustafa Ali would never have done’, and it led to a heated argument between the two.
Ali hasn’t been around since.”
In another update from Fightful, WWE will not be granting Ali his release at the moment:
“Those that Fightful Select heard from confirmed that WWE and Ali have spoken with each other and that Ali was informed that they would not be granting his request for a release at this moment, and as of now it isn’t the plan.
Ali has years left on his WWE deal, but hasn’t been used on WWE TV or even at tapings in over two months.
While some suspected that he was out on paternity leave, we’re told he’d only asked for one show off.”
Ali hasn’t been seen on WWE programming in almost 3 months. His last match took place on the October 29, 2021 episode of SmackDown, where he lost to Drew McIntyre.
His fans have begun using “#FreeAli” on Twitter. Some of them used this hashtag under posts from the official WWE on FOX Twitter page and these fans got blocked.
This led to Ali blocking the WWE on FOX page on Twitter.
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) January 24, 2022
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 24, 1988) – NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 1988
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on January 24, 1988, Jim Crockett Promotions aired ‘NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 1988’ event LIVE on PPV from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
This was the first and only ‘Bunkhouse Stampede’ event that aired as a pay-per-view.
It was held on the same night as the World Wrestling Federation’s Royal Rumble 1988, which was on free television though.
– NWA World Television Championship: Nikita Koloff (c) wrestled Bobby Eaton to a time-limit-draw
– UWF Western States Championship: Larry Zbyszko defeated Barry Windham (c)
– NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Road Warrior Hawk defeated Ric Flair (c) by DQ
– Steel Cage Bunkhouse Stampede: Dusty Rhodes defeated Arn Anderson, The Barbarian, Ivan Koloff, Lex Luger, Road Warrior Animal, Tully Blanchard and The Warlord