Mustafa Ali has announced on social media that he is no longer with the WWE. Ali was scheduled to challenge Dominik Mysterio for the NXT North American Championship at NXT No Mercy on September 30.
Ali made his WWE debut in 2016 as part of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, which he reached the semifinals of. He then went on to compete on the 205 Live brand, where he quickly established himself as one of the top stars. In 2018, Ali challenged Cedric Alexander for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania 34, but was unsuccessful.
In 2019, Ali was moved to SmackDown. He scored a major victory over Daniel Bryan in his first match, and went on to feud with Buddy Murphy and The Miz. In 2020, Ali was involved in a storyline with Retribution, and was eventually revealed to be the leader of the group.
In 2021, Ali requested his release from WWE, but his request was denied. He returned to WWE television a few months later. Ali is a Muslim American who is a vocal advocate for social justice issues, and he has used his platform to raise awareness about topics such as racism, Islamophobia, and mental health.