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Pro wrestler chokes out unruly passenger on train ride to Twin Cities airport (video)

Surveillance video now has surfaced illustrating how a professional wrestler recently took matters into his own hands, asserting himself and choking out a drunk and disorderly passenger on a light rail ride on the way to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The wrestler, Shawn Daivari, is a Minnesota native of Persian descent and throughout his career has been depicted as a villain, but in late September, he assumed a hero’s role, putting the unruly passenger in a rear naked choke hold before booting the man, Levin Blair, who was swearing, hurling racist slurs and threatening other passengers, off the train at a later stop.

Said Daivari about his interesting commute on the light rail train:

“Another passenger told me him to sit down and be quiet because he was making the ride bad for everybody,” Daivari recounted. “That’s when he got in the passenger’s face, saying, ‘I am going to kill you,’ and stuff like that.”

That’s when Daivari allowed his pro wrestling training — he has wrestled with the WWE in the past but is now affiliated with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling — to come into play.

“It’s one of those things where I’d rather be safe than sorry,” he said. “If police are taking too long to respond, I’d rather not sit on my hands and wait for them to show up.”

Minneapolis News and Weather KMSP FOX 9

Daivari told FOX 9 News that he applied the sleeper hold on the drunken passenger until the man passed out — Blair even urinated all over himself during the time Daivari had the rear naked choke on him. Daivari held the man in a scissor hold until the next stop, at which time the wrestler dumped the guy out the door.

Daivari insisted the drunken man wasn’t much of a fight, saying dumping him out proved to be the most difficult aspect of the encounter:

“That was the hardest part,” Daivari recalled. “He was a big, fat guy — 280 pounds. I had to lug him out the door. It was like throwing out a dead ox.

“Stuff like this happens, and when it does, people need to take care of themselves as well,” he said. “It might be that one second too long, and you live to regret it.”

Not too bad for a guy who earns his keep on the pro wrestling circuit as a bad guy.

[Fox Twin Cities]

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