Former TNT Champion Darby Allin has revealed that he took out a $12,000 loan just to be able to sign for AEW when he found out Cody Rhodes was interested in him.
Darby Allin is one of the standout homegrown stars of AEW in the company’s three years in operation. Now firmly partnered up with ‘The Icon’ Sting, Darby Allin has become a hit with fans due to his risk-taking and fearless attitude.
Speaking on the DDP SnakePit podcast, Darby Allin revealed that former AEW EVP Cody Rhodes was his way into the company and when he found out about The American Nightmare’s interest in him, he took a five-figure loan to get out of another contract:
“So I was doing the show up in northeast wrestling against Pentagon who’s also in AEW, crazy wild man. And I was having a match with him. And then Cody saw that match. And then at the time, Cody just thought I was like the crash test dummy when he actually saw me working a match where there was more than just taking gnarly bumps. And then he asked Lombardi what my contract status was.”
“At the time I was signed with another like little promotion. And then the moment I heard that Cody was interested, long story short, I paid $12,000 to get out of my contract. I took a loan out and then I remember I used to hit Cody up like every day just blow his phone up. And he would never really answer.”
Allin then clarified that he kept calling Rhodes because he had this loan to pay off and still didn’t know if he’d definitely be going to AEW:
“No, that’s why I was hitting him up. I was like is this for sure because I’m taking $12,000 out of a loan and then I was like I need to know like what’s going on.”
“This is before Double or Nothing even happened. So like I just heard that there was this new company starting up and then this is before TV was like even talked about. I was like oh, this is crazy. All I heard when they were promoting it was the word creative freedom, and I was like that’s where I need to be. Then eventually I went to his house and then we talked.”
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