January 7, 2006
REAL NAME: Shawn Daivari
When he first arrived on WWE TV, Daivari, a talented wrestler in his own right, was one-half of the most controversial duos in recent WWE history. As a second for Muhammad Hassan, Daivari was relegated to wreaking havoc on opponents outside the ring, although he did occasionally wrestle. When things became too controversial, Hassan and Daivari disappeared from WWE TV for several months. Although Hassan is still MIA, Daivari has returned, very much unchanged and has allied himself with Kurt Angle.
Shawn Daivari was born in Tehran, Iran before moving before moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota. By the age of 15 he was training for a career in wrestling, under the tutelage of former AWA and WWE manager Sheikh Adnan Alkaissy and famed trainer Eddie Sharkey. Debuting in 1999 and known as Sheik Daivari, he began working independent shows across the United States. During one of his early tag matches, Daivari came off the top rope with a frog splash using a small carpet. The move, initially done as a one-shot joke, became his trademark "Magic Carpet Ride" finisher.
As Daivari's career continued, he won several championships such as the MAPW Heavyweight title, the MIAW Lightweight Championship, the AXW Cruiserweight title and the NEO-PRO Cruiserweight Championship. But more importantly, he was earning the respect of his collegues and was beginning to get noticed by the bigger promotions.
By 2003, Daivari was on the verge of moving to the next level. He worked a few dates for NWA-TNA, appearing on the losing end of several tag matches on the organization's Xplosion program. He teamed with Ken Anderson (the future Ken Kennedy) and Sean Casey, taking on Christopher Daniels and Legend. Towards the end of 2003, he also worked in dark matches for WWE, taking on Tommy Dreamer, Stevie Richards and others in dark matches and on Heat.
Daivari's stay in WWE wouldn't be a long one at first, and he was back working on the independent scene. When Tyson Dux was injured, Daivari took his place in ECWA's Super 8 Tournament and faced Austin Aries in the first round. Daivari earned praise for the match, but it was Aries who advanced in the tournament, ultimately won by Daniels. Daivari went from the ECWA-sanctioned tournament to competing in Ring of Honor during the spring and summer of 2004.
In August 2004, Daivari was signed to a developmental deal by WWE, and was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling. After further training by Danny Davis, Daivari, as Khosrow Daivari, returned to WWE, acting as the manager for the former Mike Magnus-turned-Muhammad Hassan. Hassan and Davairi were introduced as Arab-Americans who were fed up with the way they had been treated by their countrymen since 9/11. While Hassan did most of the in-ring work, Daivari interfered from the outside during Hassan's matches and translating Hassan's promos into Arabic (or, more precisely, Farsi).
Vignettes for the pair began airing in early November, with Hassan taking on Sgt. Slaughter in a dark match at Taboo Tuesday. Their debut proper, however, came on the December 13th edition of Raw, interrupting Mick Foley.
On the first Raw of 2005, the pair turned their attention to Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. A debate between the two factions turned physical, and Daivari and Hassan left the announcers lying. This led to a match between Lawler and Hassan at New Year's Revolution.
After a Wrestlemanaia XXI attack on Eugene earned the ire of Hulk Hogan and an attack on Shawn Michaels brought HBK into the fray, Hassan and Daivari found themselves challenged by two of the biggest icons in WWE.
On April 11th, Daivari made his WWE in-ring debut on Raw, and defeated Michaels. At Backlash, Hogan and Michaels defeated Hassan and Daivari in a featured bout. There was hell to pay as, the next night on Raw, Hassan beat down Daivari for the loss but Daivari remained loyal and helped Hassan in a short program against Chris Jericho and Shelton Benjamin.
In June 2005, Daivari and Hassan were drafted to Smackdown, and took aim at the Undertaker. In a tragic turn of events, an attack orchestrated by Hassan and Daivari on the Undertaker saw five masked terrorist-like figures beat down the Undertaker. The episode of Smackdown aired the the same day as a terrorist attack on London, England.
Controversy arose and UPN pressured WWE to drop the Hassan and Daivari characters. WWE complied and Hassan was soundly defeated by the Undertaker at the Great American Bash. That would be the last WWE fans saw of Hassan, and Daivari was yanked from TV as well for several months.
Daivari would make appearances in OVW, taking on Bobby Lashley in September 2005. Two months later, however, Daivari was back in WWE and back on Raw, this time as an ally in Kurt Angle's feud against John Cena. In addition to acting as a special referee in Cena's matches, Daivari even took on Angle in a special "Beat the Clock" challenge match. The plot backfired as an irate Angle was counted out, giving Daivari the victory over the Olympian.
But things were not to remain so smooth between manager Daivari and wrestler Angle. On January 13th, 2006, Daivari and Angle jumped ship to Smackdown and won the vacant World title in a battle royale. However in Angle's last match on Raw a week later, Daivari cost him a match against Shawn Michaels. Angle attacked Daivari and later fired him as his manager.
Daivari didn't have to go far to find a way for possible revenge. He quickly became Olympian Mark Henry's manager and led the World's Strongest Man into an unsuccessful challenge for Angle's World title at the Royal Rumble.
When the ECW brand was resurrected, Daivari and Khali were initially on it. When Khali transferred to Raw, Daivari did not accompany him as manager, instead showing up on Smackdown as a cruiserweight contender.
When the Supplemental draft happened in June 2007, Daivari went back to the Raw roster, and soon virtually disappeared from TV and storylines, save for a throwaway flag match against "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan in September. He was released from his WWE contract on October 16, 2007.