Former TNT Champion Darby Allin has revealed how he used to prepare for AEW shows in the boiler room before Sting put a stop to that.
Darby Allin has been one of the stand-out stars among the crop of AEW originals that burst onto the global wrestling scene when the company formed in 2019.
Since then Allin has taken his daredevil offence to the heights of winning the TNT Championship as well as holding the honour of being the man that faced CM Punk in his first match back in wrestling in over 7 years at All Out in 2021.
However, it is the 29-year-old star’s on-screen partnership with wrestling icon Sting that has captured the attention of most AEW fans. Speaking to the New York Post Allin discussed his friendship with the WWE Hall Of Famer and says Sting took him out of the boiler room and into his own locker room:
“When people first heard that me and Sting were going to be partnered up they automatically said, ‘hey, it’s the face paint. It’s the only thing they’ve got in common.’ If they knew how we were behind the scenes and how we are right now they would understand this is more than just the face paint. We have such a connection.”
“I remember back when we were (filming) at Daily’s Place for the year during the pandemic, I would be changing in the boiler room and Sting walked by and Sting has his own locker room, and Sting walked by and said, ‘What are you doing in here?’ I said, ‘It’s a place I feel I can really be myself and cut loose and just think about what I want to do.'”
“I don’t work well when I’m stuck in big groups of people. And then he’s like, ‘Dude come in my locker room. My locker room is your locker room from now on.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh crap, really ok.’ From there I’ve been changing in Sting’s locker room. It’s just me and him, painting up in his room and we talk for hours. There is so much stuff that goes into that partnership that people don’t get to see.”
As far as that time spent with Sting, Darby Allin adds that he learned from the legend that there can be as many positives in defeat as there are in winning in the ring:
“It’s just staying humble and how important it is to stay humble and how you can win in losing. You don’t have to have this big ego like, ‘Hey, I need to win everything’ or ‘look at me.’ Don’t have an ego. You can get just as over and just as popular losing.”