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As TNA X-Division Champion Sheik Abdul Bashir

Dara Shawn Daivari (born April 30, 1984) is a Persian-American Professional Wrestler, manager and producer from Minneapolis, MN best known for his work for WWE as Daivari. He debuted in 1999 at the age of 15 and worked in Midwest independents for years, as well as wrestling four matches for Ring of Honor. He arrived in WWE in 2004 as the manager for Muhammad Hassan. After that ended in disaster, he worked with Kurt Angle, Mark Henry and The Great Khali. He also wrestled for TNA as Sheik Abdul Bashir. He has also wrestled for Lucha Underground, All Japan Pro Wrestling, Juggalo Championship Wrestling and numerous other promotions.

Along with his reign as TNA X-Division Champion, he is also a former Neo-Pro Cruiserweight Champion, a former ICW (Wisconsin) Tag Team Champion, a former AWR (Ireland) No Limits Champion and he was the inaugural VPW (England) Champion.


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"Magic Carpet Tropes":

  • Angry Persian-American Man: His persona as Hassan's manager.
  • Arab Oil Sheikh: As Sheik Abdul Bashir.
  • Arch-Enemy: (in WWE): The Undertaker, John Cena; (in TNA): Referee Shane Sewell.
  • Badass Bystander: He choked a drunk, disruptive passenger unconscious on a lightrail in October 2012.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In his managerial role in WWE, as seen above.
  • Badass Teacher: He and Ken Anderson co-founded The Academy of Professional Wrestling in 2016.
  • Bald of Awesome: In his most recent showings.
  • Beard of Evil/Badass Mustache: At all times.
  • Blood Knight: His main reason to come to the Temple: Dario Cueto liked to observe violence, Daivari liked to inflict it.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Never heard from again after Season 1 of Lucha Underground. The only 'mention' of him since was a photograph of him appearing in Captain Vasquez's office alongside photographs of Alberto El Patron, Konnan, Hernandez and Big Ryck under a Missing Persons banner.
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  • Finishing Move: Magic Carpet Drop, Flying Legdrop
  • Foreign Curse Word: Once called Chris Benoit a "motherfucker" in Persian.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Sometimes billed from Tehran, Iran.
  • A Glass of Chianti: In Lucha Underground. Not wine, but Daivari was often seen sipping a glass of (what was probably very expensive) whisky. He even was drinking a glass of the stuff inside the ring while waiting to start his first match against Texano!
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: Both his ring attire and his title of The Golden Warrior. Also, the whiskey he drank was a golden brown color.
  • Hate Sink: To the point where fans openly cheered Texano over him. The only guy who got more hate at the time was Hernandez.
  • I Have Many Names: Shawn Daivari, Khosrow Daivari, Daivari, Sheik Abdul Bashir, DelAvar Daivari
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: ODB defeated him for the MPW Cruiserweight Title.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He'd perform a top rope splash while dropping a carpet on his opponent.
  • Jerkass: John Cena called Hassan and Daivari out on this.
    "These people don't hate you because you're Arab-American. They hate you because you're (censored) Asshole-American."
  • One Steve Limit: WWE renamed him Khosrow Daivari when he was in OVW, in part as a tribute to The Iron Sheik, whose real first name that is, although the first name never made it to WWE TV, and as a way to avoid anyone possibly confusing him with Shawn Michaels. This was lampshaded by John Cena calling him a "bootleg Iron Sheik" on the December 12, 2005 WWE Raw.
  • Politically Correct Villain: Hassan and Daivari were angry about stereotypes.
  • Power Stable:
  • Red Baron:
    • (as Bashir): "The Middle-Eastern Nightmare"
    • (as DelAvar Daivari in Lucha Underground): "The Golden Warrior."
  • Status Cell Phone: In Lucha Underground. He was constantly texting and having conversations on his phone. It served double duty as a way to condescend to people by putting more attention to the phone than the person, as Dario Cueto found out.
  • Tag Team:
    • The Daivari Brothers/The P-Dogg Millionaires/The Sheiks, with his brother Arya (sometimes billed as Mustafa)
    • Weapons of Mass Destruction, with Sonjay Dutt.
  • Teen Genius: As noted, he debuted when he was 15.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Sheik Abdul Bashir took the Eviler Than Thou route, deciding to give the fans the mad Arab terrorist character they had accused him of being.
  • Wrestling Family: Has a younger brother, Ariya, that wrestles for WWE in their revived Cruiserweight division.

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