Daivari in December 2016
|Birth name||Ariya Arya Daivari|
April 11, 1989|
|Family||Shawn Daivari (brother)|
|Professional wrestling career|
Sheik Ariya Daivari
Sheik Mustafa Bashir
|Billed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Billed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
Minneapolis, Minnesota By way of Tehran, Iran|
|Debut||September 26, 2006|
Professional wrestling career
Independent circuit (2006–2016)
After a high school background in Tae Kwon Do and amateur wrestling, Ariya was trained in professional wrestling by his brother Shawn Daivari and fellow wrestler Arik Cannon. He also trained with Shelton Benjamin and former WWE performer Ken Anderson. His debut match was at a Midwest Pro Wrestling Academy event on September 26, 2006, held at the First Avenue nightclub. Until his WWE debut in 2016, he performed in promotions across the United States, including Ring of Honor , Global Force Wrestling, and Total Nonstop Action's India project Ring Ka King.
Cruiserweight division (2016–present)
Daivari's first experience with WWE was wrestling in a non-televised match for WWE SmackDown at the Target Center in 2013. The following year he participated in a tryout at the WWE Performance Center. On June 13, 2016, Daivari was announced as a competitor in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. On June 23, 2016, Daivari was eliminated from the tournament in his first round match by Ho Ho Lun. On the October 10, 2016 episode of Raw, Daivari made his main roster debut as part of the cruiserweight division on Raw, losing by submission to the Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins. On the Hell in a Cell pre-show, Daivari teamed with Tony Nese and Drew Gulak in a losing effort to Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara. On the Survivor Series pre-show, Daivari, Nese and Gulak were defeated by TJ Perkins, Rich Swann and Noam Dar. He then started a feud with Gentleman Jack Gallagher, which ended in an "I Forfeit" match, which he lost.
Daivari began his championship pursuits for the Cruiserweight Championship in July 2017. Akira Tozawa called Daivari out on the July 24th episode of Raw for a rematch after Titus O'Neil forfeited their singles match the week prior on Tozawa's behalf. While Neville showed up to confront Tozawa, Daivari then appeared to attack both Tozawa and Neville. He faced off against Neville the next night on 205 Live, winning via count-out. When Enzo Amore became the Cruiserweight Champion, Daivari appeared to support Amore on 205 Live and became a member of Amore's heel faction "the Zo Train", along with Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, and Noam Dar.
On January 23, 2018, Amore was fired from WWE after allegations of sexual assault were made public, thus quietly disbanding the Zo Train. In WWE Greatest Royal Rumble, he teamed up with his brother Shawn Daivari and insulted four Saudi Arabian prospects before being driven out. He is currently out of action recovering from an unspecified injury.
Daivari attended Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. He is Iranian-American and can understand Persian but speak very little, which he often incorporates into his performances. His older brother, Dara, is also a professional wrestler, mostly known for his time in WWE as Khosrow Daivari (then shortened to Daivari).
Championships and accomplishments
- American Wrestling Federation
- AWF Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- F1RST Wrestling
- F1RST Wrestlepalooza Championship (1 time)
- Heavy on Wrestling
- HOW Undisputed Championship (1 time)
- Insane Championship Wrestling
- National Wrestling Alliance Midwest
- NWA Midwest X-Division Championship (1 time)
- National Wrestling Alliance Wisconsin
- NWA Wisconsin Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Dysfunction
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
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- "Roster". American Wrestling Federation. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
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- "NWA Wisconsin Tag Team Championship". Cagematch. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
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