Former WWE star Mustafa Ali issues a challenge to NJPW star

In September of 2023, multiple WWE superstars were released from the company following Endeavor’s acquisition including Mustafa Ali.

Ali made his first appearance for NJPW at the 2024 Battle in the Valley event. In a promo video that aired, Ali issued a challenge to Hiromu Takahashi for NJPW’s Windy City Riot on April 12th in Chicago. Here is what Ali had to say…

“Good evening, esteemed citizens of the world. I am here to announce that I am bringing my campaign to New Japan Pro Wrestling. You see, in recent times, certain individuals have, regrettably, not represented New Japan Pro Wrestling in the manner in which it deserves!

I speak of such individuals as Hiromu Takahashi. A man who is mentally unstable! A man who literally goes into battle with a stuffed animal in his arms. A stuffed animal! Ladies and gentlemen, no! New Japan Pro Wrestling deserves better than this. And I will see to it that it is rebuilt, reignited, and reclaims its former glory. So Mr. Takahashi, I am here to inform you that you are unfit to be a leader. You will be replaced. You will be removed. And as the great ambassador to this great sport, I am here to issue an executive order that you and I will have a match April 12th at the Windy City Riot. Thank you. Goodnight, and remember that, ‘In Ali We Trust.’” (quote courtesy of