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Ricky Starks Discusses His Rivalry With Darby Allin

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The reigning FTW Champion Ricky Starks has had his say on his rival Darby Allin, noting that the two men have both overcome challenges early in their careers to compete on the massive stage of AEW.

Starks and Allin were part of a historic tag team match at Revolution in March which saw The Icon Sting compete for the first time in six years. The cinematic Street Fight saw Allin and Sting team up to face Starks and his then Team Taz partner Brian Cage. Sting pulled out the victory for his team when he dropped Starks with the Scorpion Death Drop for the victory.

Speaking to Inside The Ropes’ own Kenny McIntosh, Ricky Starks says while on television he’s no fan of Allin, he says you can’t take away what the former TNT Champion has accomplished:

“Yeah. You know, I can’t stand Darby as a person – still annoys me. And I think it’s the face paint, the half-face paint. But I can’t deny the fact that that dude has something that obviously everyone else can feel and sometimes you can’t. There’s an aura that you really can’t, like, pinpoint, or really describe. He has that and on top of that, the chemistry that I have with him is undeniable as well.”

“I think that the reason is our mindsets are pretty much one and the same. And to be straight up with you, me and Darby aren’t that far off as far as being the same person, just on total opposite ends of the world. Two guys that came from the indies that really weren’t popular, that really weren’t given a chance at certain companies and whatnot and knew that their value was always that of much more than what these companies were willing to offer or what they saw. And so I think with that in mind, that’s where the chemistry kind of plays in.”

2021 just gets more insane for Darby Allin as he has not only shared the ring with Sting but he will compete in CM Punk’s first match in over seven years when the two men face off at All Out.

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