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October 11, 2021 27 min

“If you grind and put the work, you can get to anywhere you want to go. Nobody’s gonna stop you but yourself.” - Daniel Rivera

On this episode of Got Your 6, Tony interviews Daniel Rivera, a United States Marine Corps veteran, wrestler, writer, producer, actor, and stuntman.

A professional wrestler, he is known as Danny Limelight in New Japan Pro Wrestling and as Riv in Major League Wrestling.

Danny is passionate about inspiring others, especially veterans, to work on and achieve their dreams no matter what, just as he did for his pro wrestling goal.

He firmly believes in the importance of hard work to achieve success, as he consistently aims to be “the most hard working and most innovative talent in the room.”

Danny was previously with All Elite Wrestling. He has been featured in several podcasts and has appeared in some films, including his own short film, Joe Riv (2021), which recently won 6 awards in the Hollywood Dreams Film Festival.


01:15 – Introduction

01:53 – Producing, stunt directing, and writing the award-winning short film, Joe Riv

08:26 – The film bagging 6 awards in the Hollywood Dreams Film Festival

11:01 – Lessons learned from the Marine Corps: hard work and “selfless” leadership

13:08 – Learned filmmaking by trial and error/ Working on a Joe Riv full-length film

15:09 – His inspiration: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

16:14 – What his teacher told him on career day back in kindergarten

17:20 – How his wrestling character came to be

19:22 – The challenges of chasing his dreams while juggling being a new father and being on active duty

21:01 – His professional wrestling journey: From Impact, New Japan, AEW, to Major League Wrestling

22:09 – The impact of the pandemic on his wrestling career

23:04– On setting the bar high for her daughter and other Latinos

24:01– His biggest failure / bouncing back from failure

25:28 – He strives to be better every day by holding himself accountable


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