• WWE Is Not Granting Mustafa Ali His Release
A few days back, Mustafa Ali 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 a new 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.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (January 20, 1996) – WCW Saturday Night
On this day in 1996, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Saturday Night’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW SuperBrawl VI’ PPV.
The match-card of the show can be found here:
1. Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit
2. Scott Norton vs. Bill Payne
3. Chris Kanyon & Mark Starr vs. Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater
4. Arn Anderson vs. Big Bubba
5. Kevin Sullivan vs. Chris Nelson
6. One Man Gang vs. The Super Giant Ninja (aka Ron Reis)
7. Brian Pillman vs. Todd Morton
8. Alex Wright vs. Dean Malenko
9. Harlem Heat vs. Sting & Lex Luger