Show: Interactive Wrestling Radio
Guest: Shawn Daivari
Your Host: James Walsh
Shawn Daivari was part of a very controversial angle the WWE did in 2005. With the current controversies in politics, it only makes sense to
catch up with the former WWE and TNA Superstar leading in to the election. While we don't talk politics, we do talk about his new school with
Ken Anderson, the TNA sale rumors, and so much more! This one was originally about 20 minutes but we just kept shooting the breeze so we
figure, hey, just run the whole damn thing!
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On how he and Anderson ended up opening the school together:
"What on earth brought them together? We've been friends for years and with the exception of TV, we worked each other all the time! The only time we didn't work each other was on TV.
On different styles being tought at the school by different trainers:
"I believe so because there is no formula to wrestling. If you could write the formula, everybody could be a successful wrestler." He goes on to say, "Not everybody wants to be a WWE superstar. We've been thinking about this for years and years. Lets just open a sports entertainment school that can help people be whatever they want to be. If they want to work on their wrestling, if they want to work on their character, if they want to work on their promos. If they want to go to WWE or if they have zero interest in WWE and want to go to Mexico, Ring of Honor... Lets just help them and get them the tools to whatever their formula of success is."
On if, as he said in 2010, the nWo reunion on Impact was dated:
"I felt that way at the time but now I do signings with Kevin Nash and I see kids approach him and call him "Big Sexy". The WWE Network has changed the business." He goes on to say that the Network has made wrestling fans smarter because they can go back to the older days and relive things that they may never have known about before. He also praises a recent WWE Attitude Era documentary on the Network.
On if Muhammad Hassan was or was not a good worker:
"That depends on what you call a worker", Daivari says. He says that he does not think he was the best in the ring but was solid but was a very strong character.
On working with Hulk Hogan at age 19:
"I didn't really think about it when it was happening," Daivari says. He adds, "I was so young, I thought this was just how it works. You get signed, you work high profile matches." He says he goes back now and watches it on the WWE Network and sees how cool it was to have been in that position. "But, at the time, I didn't have time to really look at it that way."
On the troubles with TNA when he was there:
"I remember being backstage at TNA. There was nobody around. There was a UPS package that was there and it looked like it had not been touched in weeks, still closed. I ripped it open and inside were all promos and posters for the events. They were trying!" He says he feels the focus of the company was there but somehow it got lost and that is why promotional materials that would help people know about the show ended up left unopened in the back.
On TNA after he left:
Daivari says the ratings went up when the big names, like Hulk Hogan, were brought in but the price to run the show went way up too. He says he'd rather have run the company with a lower budget and a slightly lower rating than pay a lot more money for only a slight increase in rating.
On the potential sale of TNA:
"I think WWE will end up with the tape library because it has no value to anyone else because nobody else has the platform to use it." He goes on to say that if TNA sells off the library and tries to make a go of it after doing so, "What Billy Corgan would be buying is a TV show. They don't do live events, they don't travel. So, what you're buying is a TV show. And, it is a very expensive TV show."
On Dixie Carter versus Vince McMahon:
Daivari says Vince McMahon was always interested in your ideas if you didn't like something or thought something could be done differently whereas Dixie would focus entirely on why you didn't like their idea and took a negative view if you disagreed with her.
On working Lucha Underground:
"I was all over Season 1", Daivari says. But, when Ezekial Jackson left between season 1 and season 2, his angle was shot. "It is kind of like pay to play. Because my angle was dropped, I wasn't on season 2 at all except the finale. I don't mind sitting at home and getting paid like the WCW guys did but sitting at home and not getting paid is another story."
On his brother Ariya Daivari and his WWE Cruiserweight positioning:
Daivari says he thinks his brother is in a good place because he's not being billed just as a cruiserweight and isn't working as one either. He says you never know how long WWE will keep going with the cruiserweight division as they've tried it before for a few weeks and then dropped it. He says Ariya is in a good position because he can be placed either as a cruiserweight or outside the division which gives them more options for him. He also jokes about how Michael Cole says his first name.