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Report: WWE refuses to release Mustafa Ali

Ali went public with his release request last Sunday.

Mustafa Ali will not be leaving WWE for years, according to a report. 

Fightful Select reports that WWE has refused to grant Ali's public request to be released from his contract, a contract that has "years" left on it. The report states that Ali and WWE have been in contact since he made his request on Sunday, and that the company has told Ali that they will not grant the release now, and have no plans to in the future.

Ali has been gone from WWE television since November. An earlier report states that a "heated" argument with Vince McMahon over a pitch that McMahon made to Ali regarding his character was the catalyst for Ali not appearing on TV. 

In a social media post this past Sunday, Ali stated: 

"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."

Ali shared a video on social media yesterday showing him working out in a ring.