Ariya Daivari has spoken of going round the houses with Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn on if they could have a special entrance at Money In The Bank.
Daivari has recounted the tale of asking the WWE Chairman personally if he could have an Alberto Del Rio-style entrance for his title bout at Money In The Bank in 2019.
At the time Daivari was portraying the Daivari Dinero character at the time, flashing his cash, and had even got a corvette backstage for one segment.
Speaking to Matt Rewholdt on Straight Shooting, Daivari has recalled the roundabout process he had to go through to get his car entrance approved:
“I was doing the Davairi Dinero thing and the pay-per-view was Money in the Bank, it just popped into my head; the reason why I thought it was it’s a pay-per-view and a title match, ‘I wonder if I could get a cool entrance.’ At that time, I had been in WWE for two-and-a-half years and I hadn’t done anything like that so I was like, ‘Who knows if this will be my only (shot).’ I wondered if I could do the Alberto Del Rio entrance and pull up in a cool car. I asked the writer, pretty quickly he’s like, the way he just looked at me, ‘Ahhh, I don’t think so.'”
“I thought it would be cool and fits my gimmick. When I first switched to Daivari Dinero, when I pitched it to Vince, he got me a Corvette the next week, just to pull up in a backstage (segment), so it’s not out of the realm of possibility because they had done it before. I was like, I just think (the writer) didn’t want to ask Vince. He thinks it might be to small of an issue to bother the boss with. I said, ‘You know what, f*ck it. I’ll ask him myself.’ He digs that kind of sh*t, he got Alberto Del Rio a car every single week, no matter where they were.”
Ariya Daivari soon caught up with Vince McMahon but according to Daivari the WWE Chairman had to check with Executive Vice President, Kevin Dunn:
“I knocked on his door and I asked him. I said, ‘Hey, I do Davairi Dinero, it’s Money in the Bank, Cruiserweight Title match, I know you don’t normally do this for cruiserweights, but I think it’d be a cool thing for my character if I could pull up in a car like Del Rio did.’ He doesn’t say anything for like 10 seconds, and Triple H is in the room, he looks at Hunter and goes, ‘What building are we in?’ ‘Hartford, CT.’ ‘I’ll talk to Kevin Dunn and if we can logistically make it fit in that building, we can do it.’ Let me go speak to Kevin and I’ll get back to you next week.'”
When Daivari circled back to Vince McMahon, he was sent to go and speak to Dunn himself:
“I come back next week, ‘Hey boss, we talked about the car, is there any chance I can do it? Does it work in that building?’ He’s like, ‘That’s a Kevin Dunn question.’ There’s silence and he’s like, ‘Well, go ask him.’ I’ve never spoken to Kevin Dunn, I’ve never seen Kevin Dunn. You just know about him. I found Kevin Dunn’s protege at the time and said, ‘Vince said I need to talk to Kevin Dunn, I’ve never spoken to Kevin Dunn, I don’t even know where he is.’ We go into the truck, I’ve never met him but I’m like, ‘Hey, how are you,’ knowing he’s been watching me for the past two years, ‘Yeah, I know who you are.’ I gave him (the pitch I gave Vince McMahon) and he does the same thing, ‘What building are we in?’ ‘I believe it’s Hartford, CT.’ ‘Yeah, we can make that work, we’ll do it.”
In the end, Daivari got his big-time entrance at Money In The Bank in 2019 where he unsuccessfully challenged Tony Nese for the Cruiserweight Title. Daivari had a message for fans that complained that he had made it onto the main card of a WWE pay-per-view when the cruiserweight division had normally been the preserve of the pre-show:
“A lot of fans are upset that my Cruiserweight Title match was the only one on the main card. Every other Cruiserweight Title match was on the pre-show. No matter what. Because I got the car entrance, they were like, ‘We can’t do this car entrance on the pre-show. We have to put it on the main show.’ So many people were like, ‘Why the f*ck is Daivari on the main show? You couldn’t put Drew Gulak or Buddy Murphy on the main show but you put Daivari on the main show?’ Well, I had a cool f*cking entrance and we couldn’t waste it on the pre-show.”
Ariya Daivari was the victim of continuing budget cuts in WWE as he was among many cruiserweights released from their contracts by the company on the 25th of June 2021.