Darby Allin was hand-picked by CM Punk for his first match in seven years. Allin is considered a huge part of the future of All Elite Wrestling. Punk said that he would’ve been a fan of Darby if he were a teenager. The two put on a well-received bout at the company’s All Out pay-per-view.
Darby recently talked to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight show where he discussed how he was notified that he’d be wrestling the Second City Saint. He said he didn’t believe the match would ever happen. Allin noted that the gravity of the moment was not lost on him.
“I was talking to Tony [Khan] on the phone, that was it pretty much. You don’t believe something until it happens, and then once I cut that promo about the best in the world that aired in North Carolina, I knew that it was a done deal and it was go time.
That was the high pressure moment ever, because I knew everyone was going to be watching him because it’s such a big thing. Seven years, holy sh*t that’s a long time. For him to leave wrestling the way he did and to come back, people were not sure if he ever was going to come back. So when he did, and I was the first opponent, I was so nervous.
I was in a zone, and I’ve been in a few zones in life, but like I was in a zone that day where I was like it’s not going to get more nerve wracking than this. It’s cool to get moments like that because it does make you mentally stronger. But it started hitting me hard because I remember when he left wrestling in 2014, it was the same year that I started wrestling. At the time he was my favorite wrestler.
Besides the whole straight edge, it was the punk rock and I don’t give a sh*t what you think about me attitude. It was cool as a kid watching him, but then it hit me. When he left, I was a dishwasher and dude, life is a trip, so I got a little teary eyed before that match.”
Darby Allin has been involved in a blood feud with MJF in AEW. The two are set to lock up at Saturday’s Full Gear PPV. Darby’s star continues to rise in Tony Khan’s brand, as he’s now gone from wrestling CM Punk to the company’s most hated heel in MJF at the last two pay-per-views. You can check out the entire interview below.
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