Mustafa Ali has addressed him going public with asking for his WWE release earlier this year ahead of his return to TV.
Ali requested his release in January taking to Twitter to tell fans that he doesn’t believe he’ll be able to deliver his message while working with WWE. The request was denied, before Ali eventually made his WWE TV return on the April 25 edition of Raw.
Speaking on WWE After The Bell, Ali explained that he made the situation public because there wasn’t any progress being made when it was private.
Stating that he still stands by the choice he made, Ali said:
“I believe private conversations are meant to be private. The reason it went public is because that private conversation went nowhere. Anyone that truly knows me, I know there is a portion of the audience that was like, ‘how unprofessional.’ Anyone that has ever worked with me, dealt with me as a human, knows how much I love this place, how much I love sports entertainment, how much I love wrestling.
“This is the only thing I want to do. For me to even get to that point, that’s the issue. Everyone is judging the action, they are not judging the intention behind the action. Imagine how much it would take for me to try and leave. That’s the conversation and the hot topic. There are situations that I can’t publicly discuss, but that’s what I want to say about the whole issue.
“The only reason it got to that point is because there was no other option. it’s incredible the things you’ll do when your back is against the wall and you’re fighting for survival. I wouldn’t have done something unless I believe in it. I still stand by the choice I made. I did what I had to do. For those that don’t know, I went on a little sabbatical. Always flip it, try to look at the positive things.
“It wasn’t intentional, but one huge positive was, my youngest daughter was born in November and I got to be home for the full process. My other two kids, I was there, but not there every day and because I was doing tours. It wasn’t the intention, but I was there for the whole thing.”
Ali hasn’t won a match since his return bout, most recently losing to Veer Mahaan on the May 16 edition of Raw, with The Miz acting as the special guest referee.
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