Being a straight-edge individual in professional wrestling is certainly rare. Former WWE Superstar CM Punk is an example of one who lives a straight-edge lifestyle. Current TNT Champion Darby Allin also follows the lifestyle and fans can see that every week on AEW Dynamite.
Darby Allin recently spoke to Sirius XM’s Busted Open Radio with hosts Ryan McKinnell and Mark Henry. Among various topics of discussion, he talked about living straight-edge.
Allin described in detail the reason why he chooses to live this way and why it is doubtful one will spot him at an AEW after-party.
“In wrestling…I’m very much of a loner, you’re really not gonna see me at the after party you’re not really going to see me like really anywhere for that matter when it goes to like big social settings I kind of like doing my own thing. But with the straight-edge lifestyle. It makes me feel like I’m in complete control at all times. And if I fail at the end of the day I have no one else to blame but myself because I’ve had so much friends in skateboarding, or whatever it may be, failed at their career and look, well it was the alcohols fault or it was the drugs fault, whatever it may have been.
“And now I get a look at myself in the mirror and say, I have no one to blame but myself. And that’s why I like doing it and then plus like people are surprised that I don’t even take pain pills, after everything I do in the ring like all I do is ice and physical therapy with like stretching and stuff like that like DDPY, and everything like that. I want to show people that you don’t need to necessarily turn to that stuff because my style is the some of the most like grueling on the body and you just show people that hey yo, just take care of yourself, natural and everything’s gonna be okay.”
Darby Allin has a very high risk and high reward in-ring style as he has taken quite a few bumps during his career. Some fans fear whether his in-ring style might reduce his time in the ring as an active wrestler.
“Yeah, the way I look at it is I take things from skateboarding like Tony Hawk is still skating and he’s like 52…53 and that guy has had some gnarly slams. So, all the way, like I said earlier, the way I look at is just taking care of yourself. Being responsible and not, you know what I mean like, I want to do this as long as possible but I am always living in the moment by the same time when the ring, physical therapy to me is just as important as the in ring stuff. So I like to get lost in the moment, but at the same time I know that I’m so disciplined with taking care of myself, because I don’t want to stop anytime soon if I don’t need to.”
Darby Allin is currently involved in a feud with Team Taz and we will have to see what is next in store for the enigmatic wrestler.
h/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.