Mustafa Ali On How He Found Happiness In His Career Following WWE Exit

TNA X-Division Champion Mustafa Ali recently appeared on an episode of Busted Open Radio, where he talked about a number of topics including being happy in his career for the first time in a long time.

Ali said, “The reality of the situation is I’m happy — for the first time in a long time, I’m happy. That’s not a knock on anyone. It’s just nice to finally [have some] control of what makes you happy.”

On leaving WWE:

“When I left WWE, I left with an incredible sense of peace of mind. People in the past that had been let go — they all told me one thing. They said, ‘I wish I tried a little harder. I wish I fought a little bit more.’ … There wasn’t a week where I wasn’t knocking on someone’s door. There wasn’t a week where I didn’t have an idea.”

On making it on the cover of PWI for June 2024:

“So it’s very, very cool that almost 20 years later, I get to go, ‘Now there’s someone who looks like you.’ I’ve been told several times that no one’s really going to get behind someone named Mustafa Ali. … It’s a hard hill to climb but here we are, on the cover of PWI.”

You can check out the complete podcast below.