Bill Apter: "The Undertaker will not take part in the Royal Rumble"
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During his legendary WWE career, The Undertaker has held the WWF / E Championship four times and the World Heavyweight Championship three times, as well as being the record holder for number of victories in WWE pay-per-view events.
He was the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble match, thanks to which he became the first wrestler in history to win the contest by entering as the last participant. The 'Deadman' is known around the world for his infamous Streak, an insane record of twenty-one consecutive hits at Wrestlemania.
His unbeaten streak was interrupted by Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. As part of the docu-series The Last Ride, the Gravedigger announced that he was no longer able to cope with the rhythms required by professional wrestling and that he did not want to ruin the own image.
Barring sensational and unlikely twists, the last appearance in the ring of the Phenom will remain the Boneyard match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36. Taker received a beautiful tribute from friends and colleagues at the Survivor Series 2020, where his formidable career had begun 30 years earlier.
The seven-time world champion will be backstage at the Royal Rumble at the end of this month, according to PWInsider. Speaking in the latest edition of Smack Talk on Sportskeeda, wrestling expert Bill Apter has ruled out The Undertaker's participation in the Royal Rumble: "The Royal Rumble is getting closer and closer and the first speculations have already begun that Taker will be present in the city.
Everyone knows that his wife Michelle McCool will be attending the event, so there is nothing to talk about. The Digger will go there to see her compete from the monitor. He may also be involved in some WWE Network projects." Dutch Mantell echoed: “I don't think we'll see him at the Royal Rumble.
He will only go there to be close to his wife. I understand that many people would like him to return to the ring, but those days are now over."
Mustafa Ali: "I ask for my release from WWE"
WWE fans didn't get a breather in 2021, when most of their favorite wrestlers were fired from the company in a series of release rounds that spread throughout the year.
The last one, a few days before the end of 2021, had Toni Storm as the protagonist, even if she was the same winner of the Mae Young Classic to ask for her release for personal reasons. To get the year off to a good start, another fighter on the SmackDown roster just asked WWE to terminate their contract.
This is Mustafa Ali, who with a press release on his social accounts broke the news to his fans: "I have a much more important message than my dreams in pro wrestling. Despite my best efforts, I won't be able to get this message across as long as I'm working with WWE.
For this, I ask to be released by WWE. " Mustafa Ali's farewell message comes after a long period of inactivity for him: his last match dates back to the October 29 episode of SmackDown, when he lost to Drew McIntyre for the occasion.
It seems that Ali himself had asked the company for a break to accommodate the birth of his third child, but it was reported that the booking team had no plans for his return. Immediately following the news launched by Mustafa Ali, Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp reported that during the past few months Ali would not be on paternity, but that he would only be asking for a show off.
It should be noted that, at the moment, WWE has not yet published any announcement on the situation of Mustafa Ali, who is still under contract with the Stamford company. We will keep you updated as soon as further details on the affair emerge.