Shawn Daivari, former WWE star, chokes out belligerent racist on Hiawatha Line

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Think wrestling is fake? That might be news to the belligerent racist dude who got choked out by Shawn Daivari on the Hiawatha Line train yesterday.

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Daivari, a 28-year-old former WWE superstar who was born in Minneapolis, says he was headed to the airport after visiting family when a big fat guy started harassing passengers on the train. After one of the riders was threatened with death, Daivari sprang into action and subdued him with a choke hold/body scissors combo.

WWE.com called Daivari to hear the superhero-worthy details. Here's an excerpt of the interview:
WWE.com: Please describe what happened on the train.

DAIVARI: I was just on the train and I was heading to the airport. I'm from Minneapolis, so I was just visiting family. I got on the train and there was this guy saying racial and anti-Semitic stuff really loud, specifically at a few passengers, and you could tell they were really uncomfortable. One guy had actually pushed the emergency call button on the train. And this guy kept going on and on, and nobody was showing up to help.

There was one older guy sitting in a chair and he told the guy, "Hey, sit down, you're making the train ride really uncomfortable for everybody." At that point, the guy just got right in front of the older guy and physically threatened him, even threatened to kill him. That's when everybody started running for the emergency call buttons. They were all hitting the buttons, and we went another stop after that, which was another two minutes. When the doors opened, nobody got on the train, so we knew there were no cops waiting to get on and help.

I didn't know if this guy had a knife in his pocket or a gun in his backpack, so I just went up to him, turned him around, grabbed him in a rear naked choke/sleeper hold and held until I felt his body go limp. I dropped him, locked on a body scissors and held him down until the next stop, which was about 45 seconds down the road. Then I just grabbed him by the seat of his pants and his collar and I threw him off the train. And mind you, from when this started, we probably went half the length of the trip, which was about 20 minutes. It was one thing when he was saying all that racial stuff, but when he started threatening passengers, I didn't know if it was just a big guy talking tough like he's at a bar or if he's got a weapon. By the time I got to the airport, there were still no cops at the train station.
Daivari has no formal MMA training, but says he picked up a few things, including the choke/body scissors combo, while working with pro wrestlers.

Since being released by the WWE in 2007, Daivari had a stint in TNA and now travels the world working for independent wrestling promotions. That sounds fun, but if he ever gets sick of not having a steady paycheck, it sounds like he has plenty of bodyguarding talent.


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kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

I think there should be more outrage about the fact that after at least 3 train stops there still was no response to the emergency call buttons being pushed. I see the police force wasted more than half the time all over the city. Being posted in places at times where they are not needed, and nowhere to be found when you would think it would be common sense for them to be somewhere. Whether it be in this case, or in and around Block E more often. Also just having a roaming foot patrol to help curb the many violent random beatings that there have been recently. I used to ride the bus a lot and also wondered why on the 5 bus just after bar close wouldn't the city make sure to have a cop on it? It's just common sense isn't it?

 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

"By the time I got to the airport, there were still no cops at the train station." Bears repeating.

 

Keep raising taxes yet law enforcement has been reduced, traveling on Mpls streets you risk destroying rims/tires..  Yet somehow there are funds for updating parks, water fountains and diversity councils.

This is what conservatives and TeaParty people are talking about.. Not turning Mpls into somalia, but using the revenue raised to actually provide basic services instead of feel good crap.

MikeW
MikeW

Am I the only person who is bothered by the fact that, despite multiple passengers pushing the EMERGENCY call buttons, no help arrived? 

Daniel Anderson
Daniel Anderson

if he was big and fat, he deserves to be called big and fat.

Brett Verlyn Scriver
Brett Verlyn Scriver

What does it matter that the guy was "big" and "fat"? Can't you just say "a guy"?

DJDanielson
DJDanielson

@MarkGisleson he's not a 'former' pro wrestler

scoops
scoops

haha!..Awesome story! 

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

I think the fact that Daivari is of Iranian descent is worth mentioning.

Kieron
Kieron

 @CinBlueland Conservatives and Teapers are talking about basic services?  Does this include spending excess money we don't have to modify the state Constitution to ban something that's already illegal?

 

Yeah, if that's your kind of feel-good crap, you can keep it.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @MikeW Do you mean you actually expect Transit cops to actually patrol/respond to incidents on metro transit? I'm not sure anyone is really aware of what they do since local PD usually responds to incidents.  We know they don't even enforce fare collection

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@mark.gisleson division furthers racism

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @Kieron Talk about missing the point.. What the hell is the emergency button for if no one responds? What if it had been someone with a knife? An actual physical assault?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

 @mingtran With all due respect, "mingtran," I believe you are wrong.  Racist and religious stereotypes are used constantly to manipulate opinion in America.  Right now they are being used to justify a war of aggression against Iran, transforming poverty into a crime, and the dismantling of our civil rights.  To point out an instance which disproves a stereotype is not racism at all.  I know it has become popular in America to pretend we have no racism or prejudice of any kind, and to accuse those who point out the obvious inequities in our society of racism or sexism, but that is a diversionary tactic being used by those who benefit from inequity and wish to preserve it.  To acknowledge a difference is not to promote division.  Particularly when the acknowledgment serves to debunk a pernicious stereotype.

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

 @mingtran What? It's noteworthy because he's from a Muslim country and he stepped in to stop an anti-Jewish nutcase from terrorizing other passengers.

 

That's the OPPOSITE OF RACISM!

C-NationAteYoCheez
C-NationAteYoCheez

Obviously any news of a "iranian" who isn't deemed a crackpot lunatic by the media would be bad for the run up to war with Iran.....

keny1
keny1

 @mark.gisleson  you are just jealous because this very hot guy, who happens to be straight won't fuck you in your fat ugly ass.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

 @mingtran I understand your point, and I think that will be true when we get where we need to be as a society.   I don't think we're far enough along yet, though.  We'll be there when there is no acceptance of the stereotype-mongering.  Unfortunately, the stereotypes still work.  Not the same ones that worked 50 years ago (although their shadows are still lingering), but xenophobia is still alive and well in the USA today. 

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

 @mingtran And rolling over for the racists and pretending that dialogue isn't happening is what, exactly?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@swmnguy: special attention for debunking a stereotype is still furthering division.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@mark.gisleson because you have trained your to brain automatically label, you incorrectly assumed he wasn't American and automatically assumed he's muslim. If the headline was "white guy chokes out black guy", I'm pretty sure your tune would be different.

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

 @mingtran Or I should say his family is from a Muslim country. Daivari is American born.And Daivari may not have been raised Muslim (Iran is a country of many faiths).

 

But given how fast the media is to point out ethnic/religious connections when they're negative, I thought this was worth pointing out, especially at a time when the neo-conservative/Zionist lobby is pushing for war with Iran.

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