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Video: Former WWE star Shawn Daivari chokes out unruly passenger
By QMI Agency


A screen grab from surveillance video showing former WWE star Shawn Daivari choking out a violent passenger aboard a Minneapolis train.

It was a complete role reversal for former wrestling star Shawn Daivari.

The one-time WWE villain made headlines earlier this month when he choked out a drunken transit passenger who was allegedly threatening to kill passengers.

In an update to the story that sent waves through the wrestling world two weeks ago, Minneapolis authotities have released new video of the incident, which rolls from start to finish aboard a Minneapolis light-rail car.

"It was definitely different than any other ride I've taken on that train," Daivari told Fox Minneapolis-St. Paul after the incident.

When Daivari boarded the car he noticed a man swearing and hurling racial slurs at other passengers. Several passengers used the emergency call buttons, but there was no immediate help from the Metro Transit Police.



"Another passenger told him to sit down and be quiet because he was making the ride bad for everybody," Daivari said. "That's when he got in the passenger's face, saying, 'I am going to kill you,' and stuff like that."

That's when Daivari sprung into action and put a rear-naked choke hold on the man. Daivari maintained the hold until the man fell unconscious and emptied his bladder.

"It's one of those things where I'd rather be safe than sorry," he said. "If police are taking too long to respond, I'd rather not sit on my hands and wait for them to show up."

Daivari then held the man in a scissor hold until the next stop and removed him from the train.

"That was the hardest part," Daivari said. "He was a big, fat guy -- 280 pounds. I had to lug him out the door. It was like throwing out a dead ox."

Daivari added: "Stuff like this happens, and when it does, people need to take care of themselves as well. It might be that one second too long, and you live to regret it."