Bird’s Eye Point of View of a Future WWE Superstar
By Renny D
January 11, 2015
My last match in a professional wrestling ring was March 28, 2014 for Prime Time Wrestling in Bloomington, MN. Since that time I have only attended WWE events. I never once stepped foot into a high school gym, armory, or even a county fair. I didn’t want to put myself around indy wrestling right away. That changed this past Friday (January 9, 2015) when I decided to go to First Avenue Nightclub to watch my old friends perform for F1rst Wrestling WrestlePalooza V.
I wrested the first three Wrestle Palooza events at First Avenue. They are a party. As workers we looked forward to the passionate crowds, the free flowing beer, and the ability to cut a promo and use expletives. They were fun, exactly what professional wrestling should be. Watching the show as a “fan” for the first time ever I had a chance to really watch the wrestlers, my family, perform. You could just see their enthusiasm, their passion, and their love for professional wrestling. One of those guys that will live, breath, and die professional wrestling is Ariya Daivari.
Ariya Daivari is a professional wrestler based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been wrestling professionally for his entire adult life. His story is similar to mine. We both started in our teens. We both knew we wanted to be professional wrestlers at a very early age. Ariya has had to “live” in the shadow of his older brother, Shawn, for the better part of his career. He has been historically referred to as Shawn Daivari’s little brother. Not that it is a bad thing.
Our paths crossed early on in my career but it took almost nine years for us to finally work together on a match. It was a match that catapulted me forward in my quest to be a WWE superstar. I had just returned from ACL surgery and promotions were giving me a chance to make my comeback. Prime Time Wrestling offered us the chance to work for the first time. It was the first of several matches we would have together, and it really helped me in gaining my confidence back in the ring.
I have wrestled Ariya several times. Were any of those matches my best match? No. Were any of those matches his best match? No. The two of us have a mutual respect for each other that you can only understand if you’re in this business. Although I have had better matches with other wrestlers I considered Ariya one of the best in the entire wrestling business. His best was finally recognized when the WWE called him to be an extra at a live taping in Des Moines, IA in September 2013.
September 2013 was also the time WWE invited me to be an extra for their live tapings. If you’re good at this game you can put two and two together to realize that Ariya and I were at the tapings together. It was both our first time. I can accredit this to Ariya as he helped me get in contact with WWE. For a second it almost felt like we were Ken Anderson and Shawn Daivari, two good friends working together to get our big break into New York. Ariya if you’re reading this I can never thank you enough for that.
Am I an Ariya Daivari mark? The answer to that is hell yes I am. I knew Ariya was good. Hell, I knew he was great. WWE may have told him that they don’t have room for him yet, or to keep waiting, or to find something he currently does not have, but Friday night at Wrestle Palooza I finally felt 100% certain that he had everything that was needed to be a WWE star.
It wasn’t that I ever doubted he had what it took to be a WWE star. The issue might have been his gimmick. The WWE may not be looking for a Middle Eastern character. However, Ariya Daivari is much more than that. Ariya is talented enough to work any gimmick, any angle, and any worker. Ariya Daivari is that damn good.
I had a chance to watch Ariya work a match with Arik Cannon, one of the best independent workers in the country. I knew Ariya could work. I knew he could structure a match efficiently, be effective, cut great promos, and get over. The thing that Ariya did in this match that I never had a chance to witness before, because I was working him, was his mannerisms in the ring: the facial expressions, the little twitches and body movements he made. He was in the moment and he looked like a star. He looked like a WWE superstar.
Ariya has stepped up his game considerably in the past year. I think whatever WWE told him at his tryout camp last December really drove him to be the best he can be. It is evident not just by me, not just by the fans, but by all the boys in the back that he is the real deal. So why am I writing about him? The hope is that for my listeners and people who are not familiar with him to get familiar with him, because I firmly believe you will see him on WWE TV in the future. He is young. He is good. He has the desire. He has the passion. He has no quit in him.
There’s an old saying in this business that you can count your true friends on one hand. I’ve had the opportunity to hang out with Ariya outside of the ropes. We have gotten to know each other outside the world of wrestling. I would consider Ariya one of those five.
Would he step on my toes to get ahead? Would he stab me in the back? Would he throw me under the bus? Absolutely. But that is exactly what it takes to be a WWE superstar and I wouldn’t expect anything else. Ariya might be known as Shawn Daivari’s younger brother to some, but it is time to start referring to Shawn as Ariya Daivari’s older brother.
You can follow Ariya on twitter @AriyaDaivari411.
Ariya Daivari will be joining us on The Pencil for a future episode in the very near future. If you have any questions for that show please send them to our twitter @PencilPodcast or Facebook /PencilPodcast.
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