Ahead of joining forces with Sting to take on Brian Cage and Ricky Starks of Team Taz at AEW Revolution, AEW TNT Champion Darby Allin has discussed being an adrenaline junkie and the small-mindedness of the wrestling industry.
On Sunday March 7th Allin teams with The Icon Sting for his first match since being defeated by Seth Rollins at WWE Night Of Champions in September 2015. Sting made his AEW at AEW Winter Is Coming, forming an alliance with Allin in the process. The pair have gone on to clash with Team Taz on numerous occasions with Allin being dragged behind a car in a body bag, while Sting was on the receiving end of a vicious powerbomb from Brian Cage.
Ahead of the highly anticipated clash, Allin sat down with The Independent to discuss his time in AEW.
The high-flyer described himself as a “adrenaline junkie” before revealing that he doesn’t know how long he will be wrestling.
“I’m an adrenaline junkie,” he said. “Life is very boring if I’m sitting on my couch playing in front of the TV. That style keeps me interested, keeps me on my toes, and it’s so fun. Getting thrown through the air or through a table? It gets me going, it’s a good time.“I’m sticking with [it], man. Who knows how long I even want to be wrestling? There’s so much in this world that I want to do that I don’t want to pigeonhole myself into one thing. I love art, whether it be film-making, fashion, anything. I don’t want to be this 55-year-old guy wrestling in a high school gym, not because he wants to but because he has to.
“The wheels are spinning in my head on what’s after all of this, so it’s fun.”
Allin went on to give his advice to anyone looking to get into the wrestling business, going on to comment that there are many small-minded people in the industry.
The biggest advice I’d give to anyone entering wrestling is to bring your outside world into wrestling because there are so many people [who] only know wrestling, and it gets so boring.
“It’s like ‘tell me who you are and what you’re about’ and they say ‘I grew up loving professional wrestling, it’s all I ever wanted, it’s my dream.’ That is so generic that you don’t bring anything to the table. There’s a whole world out there, and so many are so small-minded in wrestling that it’s not even funny.
“There’s the whole world and I want to explore that world. I don’t want to be in a small bubble with all these people, so I don’t associate with a whole bunch of people, I just like to do my own thing.”
AEW Revolution will also see Jon Moxley take on Kenny Omega in a Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. The announcement was met with a mixture of intrigue and criticism online, but speaking exclusively to Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, Moxley had a simple message for the critics, “don’t watch.”