Mick Foley knows a thing or two about taking his physical limits to the extreme, and he regularly took things to the extreme during his wrestling career.
It’s no surprise, then, that the Hardcore Legend would be drawn to daredevil Darby Allin on AEW television as the 30-year-old has become well known for launching his body during matches as well as employing weapons such as thumbtacks.
During his latest episode of Foley is Pod, Mick Foley called Allin a “phenomenal” talent in terms of his body control and in-ring work, but noted that he feels the star should up his game by shifting gears in his presentation, potentially by adding humor.
“He’s a phenomenal athlete and he comes from the world of extreme sports. So he’s like a cat and then he lands on his feet. He’s got incredible body control. But I think every performer has to find a different gear that they can go into as much wild stuff as I did. I was able to temper it with the promos and by shifting gears and injecting humor.”
Mick Foley Believes Darby Allin Needs To Add Layers To His Character
While Foley was known for his hardcore style, he was also known for his incredible promo work. He could convey intensity and emotion better than most on the roster, but he also regularly found ways to inject humor into his presentation, whether portraying the silly Dude Love or participating in comedy skits alongside The Rock.
Continuing on the podcast, Mick Foley noted that Allin would do well to find a way to add humor to his own character to add another layer and to help lessen the need for extreme stunts on such a regular basis.
“I think almost every guy with a long history, not talking about the guys who could go from territory to territory and basically recreate that same push each time, talking about the guys who had the long runs in WWE, WCW found another gear and that it often involved humor. And so Darby, I haven’t seen him in a couple of years or talked to him, but he’s a soft spoken young man and he probably should find a way to add layers to that character that doesn’t necessitate taking those risks all the time.”
Darby Allin last competed on the February 1st episode of AEW Dynamite, losing the TNT Championship to Samoa Joe in one of the most violent and creative matches in Dynamite history. After the bout, Wardlow returned for the first time since having his hair cut by Samoa Joe.