Former WWE Superstar Daivari recently spoke with Sports Illustrated and revealed that Stephanie McMahon came up with a bizarre gimmick to repackage him as an American Patriot named George W. Bush.
Daivari couldn't see the sense in the gimmick and shot it down. He was not used on television for three months after.
“Stephanie came up to me and was like, ‘We’ve got an idea for you for like next week. We want you to debut as a character named George W. Bush, and we want you to wear Red, White, and Blue trunks, and be like a super American patriot.'” Daivari said that he responded with, “I would love to kind of do my own thing, but that is a terrible idea. I don’t know who came up with it, or whose idea was it to come up with the name George W. Bush, and take me from the hottest heel to wearing red, white, and blue, and what the purpose is or the explanation for it. But, I really, really, feel strongly against it.”