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Professional wrestling career
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.
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.
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.
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- Signature Moves
Championships and accomplishments
- F1RST Wrestling
- Wrestlepalooza Championship (1 time, current)
- 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