Ariya Daivari (April 11, 1989) is an Iranian-American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, performing on the Raw brand. He is the younger brother of fellow professional wrestler Shawn Daivari.
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 Shawn Daivari and fellow wrestler Arik Cannon. He also trained with WWE performers Shelton Benjamin and Ken Anderson. His debut match was at a Midwest Pro Wrestling Academy event on September 26, 2006, held at the First Avenue nightclub. He has since performed in promotions across the United States, including Ring of Honor and Global Force Wrestling, as well as for Total Nonstop Action's India project Ring Ka King. In Minnesota, he regularly appears in local promotions such as Prime Time Wrestling.
Cruiserweight Classic (2016)
On June 13, 2016, Daivari was announced as a competitor in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. Daivari has previous experience with the WWE, having wrestled in a non-televised match for WWE Smackdown at the Target Center in 2013, and participated in a tryout at the WWE Performance Center in 2014. On June 23, 2016, Daivari was eliminated from the Cruiserweight Classic in his first round match by Ho Ho Lun.
On October 10, 2016 episode of Raw, Daivari made his main roster debut as part of the cruiserweight division, losing by submission to WWE cruiserweight champion T.J. Perkins. Later that month, he participated in a six-man cruiserweight tag team match on the pre-show for Hell in a Cell.
Daivari attended Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. He is Iranian-American and speaks Persian fluently, which he often incorporates into his performances. His older brother, Dara, is also a professional wrestler, most well known for his time in WWE as Shawn Daivari.
- Finishing moves
Championships and accomplishments
- F1RST Wrestling
- Wrestlepalooza Championship (1 time)
- Heavy On Wrestling
- HOW Undisputed Championship (1 time)
- Insane Championship Wrestling
- ICW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Shawn Daivari
- National Wrestling Alliance Midwest
- NWA Midwest X-Division Championship (1 time)
- National Wrestling Alliance Wisconsin
- NWA Wisconsin Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Dysfunction