Ariya Daivari juggles several roles for AEW, both as a producer as well as an on-screen talent. After joining AEW, he made more headlines as another former WWE star in Tony Khan’s company. However, Ari Daivari recently admitted that he tried to persuade Vince McMahon to rehire his brother.
Ari Daivari is one of the numerous people who transitioned from WWE to AEW. While the Cruiserweight 205 Live brand was discontinued after Daivari’s release from WWE in 2021, stories from that era remain.
Ariya Daivari recently stated that he once tried to persuade Vince McMahon to rehire his brother, former TNA X-Division Champion Shawn Daivari. His brother competed primarily on 205 Live during his time in WWE. Ari noted this story about pitching an idea to WWE creative on the AEW Unrestricted podcast.
“When I got to WWE before he was a producer, I went to Vince and I pitched rehiring my brother. I showed him all our tag stuff, he really liked it. He liked our look, you know? We’re two Persian brothers. Even though he’s five years older, we’re roughly the same height, you know? When I shaved my head bald, we looked very similar. He liked the look and everything. The hurdle was just hiring a new talent, was just getting someone new, getting someone hired, you know? Vince just always seemed to want to work with the guys who are already there. So asking to bring someone back in was kind of a tough sell, and didn’t happen.”
Shawn Daivari had previously worked for WWE from 2005 until his release in 2007. His most notable work there was with Muhammad Hassan; and the two even competed against Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels on a pay-per-view in 2005, which they inevitably lost.
Shawn Daivari did not experience championship success in WWE, and the only time the two Daivari brothers shared screen in WWE was during a contentious scene at the Greatest Royal Rumble. For further updates stay tuned to Ringside news.
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