Darby Allin’s quest to conquer Mount Everest was abruptly halted by foot injury, followed by a getting hit by a bus. Despite these setbacks, adversity couldn’t keep him down for long. Last week on Dynamite, Allin made a triumphant return, showcasing his resilience in the face of challenges. Remarkably, it appears that he hasn’t even taken a bump before Double or Nothing.

On the May 15th episode of AEW Dynamite, fans were disappointed when The Elite announced Eddie Kingston’s withdrawal from The Anarchy In The Arena match due to a knee injury.

However, Darby Allin made triumphant return after the main event of AEW Dynamite. He stepped in as Kingston’s replacement for the Anarchy in the Arena match at AEW Double or Nothing. Teaming up with Bryan Danielson, Dax Harwood, and Cash Wheeler, they are set to take on The Elite in what promises to be an epic showdown.

Allin also appeared on the May 22th episode of AEW Dynamite and brought flame thrower with him but he still hasn’t actually taken a bump, which has concerned fans in a big way.


In an interview with Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp prior to the pay-per-view event, Darby Allin disclosed the chaotic circumstances that led to his inclusion in the match at AEW Double or Nothing. While on a cross-country road trip with his parents to help his dad move into a new home, Allin received the news that Eddie Kingston would not be cleared to compete. Determined to step in, Allin promptly contacted Tony Khan to explore the possibility of joining the match.

“I’m not feeling great. I’m feeling horrible. Honestly, I was on a cross-country road trip with my dad and mom because I was going to help my dad retire and finally move him into the house that I got him in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a cross-country road trip, we’re driving and halfway through the country. We’re in Montana at this point. I hear that Eddie Kingston can’t make it. I pull over, I call Tony Khan and I say, ‘I don’t know what it’s going to take, but if I can get cleared from my doctor, it’s my foot doctor and my nose doctor, to be in this match, can we make it happen?’ He said, ‘Yeah, absolutely.’ I’m on the road trip. I start in Seattle, I’m 12 hours into it, I flip a bitch, and I start driving back to Seattle because that’s where Dynamite was on Wednesday. I’m driving 12 hours back the opposite way and I’m trying to get cleared while I’m going,” he said. “At the same time, I’m thinking, ‘What are you doing? Why are you doing this? Enjoy your time off. There is literally no rush. Move your parents in. Enjoy your time off.’

Shockingly enough, Darby Allin revealed that he hadn’t taken a single bump or run the ropes before Double or Nothing, adding to the uncertainty surrounding his condition.

“No, I felt so compelled to have to be there. It was weird. I drove 12 hours, literally no sleep, showed up, and got cleared right when I was getting to the building. I was still in my walking boot. That was the first day I took it off, when I got to Dynamite. I was literally coming right down to the wire to see what the hell was going to happen. I still don’t know what’s going to happen. I haven’t bumped. I haven’t ran the ropes. I have a limp. My nose is killing me. I got medically cleared, alright, cool, I don’t have to do any of these tests. Let’s just find out what’s going to happen Sunday at the pay-per-view,” he continued. 

Going into Anarchy in the Arena, which is a psychotic match, to find out how I’m feeling Sunday, it’s going to be an interesting ride. The mental pain of sitting by and watching these shows, knowing I couldn’t do anything to be part of them, it was killing me. If I have 1% chance to be there on Sunday, that’s all I need. It was coming down to the wire. I could’ve shown up to Seattle and not been medically cleared, but we got it. I called my nose doctor in Atlanta and my foot doctor in California and everything was good to go. They told me to be careful. They don’t know anything about wrestling. If I showed them a clip of Anarchy in the Arena, they probably shift things.”

We will have to wait and see whether Darby Allin will actually manage to finish Anarchy In The Arena without suffering any major injury, as he is clearly not physically at a 100% for the match.

Do you believe Darby Allin is simply far too reckless for his own good? Let us know in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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