WWE is operated at Vince McMahon’s discretion and he is the final shot caller for all angles and characters in his company. Superstars who want to speak with Mr. McMahon have been known to wait hours for a word with him. That is what needs to be done in order to get your message across.

Ariya Daivari was recently released from WWE, and he has experience talking to Vince McMahon. While dong an interview with Wrestling Inc, Daivari revealed that he had to speak with McMahon directly when he wanted to drop his Sheik character and transition into the gimmick he had for the remainder of his run with the company. Apparently, Vince McMahon was all about it, but it is a rarity to get a word with him as well.

“I had a couple private meetings with him. I spoke to him after matches,” Daivari said. “You’re in Gorilla. You say, ‘Hey, thank you for the match and that kind of stuff,’ but I really only spoke to him when I had something important to tell him. There’s a few times where you say some things to a writer, and they might not take them to Vince.”

“If there’s something you’re really passionate about, you take it to Vince, so when I was transitioning from, ‘I don’t want to do the Sheik character anymore, I want to do this Daivari Dinero thing’, that was something that I took straight to Vince. I went and knocked on his door, and had a meeting with him and said, ‘This is where I see my character going, and I think it would do better for the show.’ And he was all about it. I had a few more one-on-one meetings with him, but they were always pleasant. I never had a bad experience with Vince at all.”


Ariya Daivari was backstage at a recent Impact Wrestling taping, but he is still under a 90-day non-compete clause. Odds are fans will see him wrestle again, and his story is just getting started.

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