Former WWE star Shawn Daivari explains what caused him to choke out an unruly train passenger

Posted in: WWE News
Oct 3, 2012 - 09:55 AM

Shawn Daivari spoke with the WWE website about his recent heroic actions on a train. "I was just on the train and I was heading to the airport. I’m from Minneapolis, so I was just visiting family," Daivari said. "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." To read the full interview, visit

Powell's POV: It's a cool story and Daivari also notes that he has not trained in MMA, yet picked up the hold from watching and working with other wrestlers. He spoke more about the train heroics, who he keeps in contact with in WWE, the current WWE wrestler he is a big fan of, and more.

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