Ahead of Saturday’s AEW All Out pay-per-view, Darby Allin was interviewed this week on the Battleground podcast.
Here are a few highlights from the interview:
Darby Allin was asked if he was a fan of wrestling growing up: “Yes and no. I was a fan when I was a lot younger but then I fell out of it because it got so boring and mundane to me. I didn’t want to spend my time watching something that was painful to watch. I got back into wrestling probably in the last 5 years once I started training. There’s a lot growing up that I liked as a young child, like Mankind.”
They asked Allin if watching Mankind is where he got his wrestling style from: “I think I get my stuff more from skateboarding. Growing up and seeing all these skaters that would destroy themselves just for the passion. It’s not about the money. It’s not about fame. I feel like that’s what I want to convey through my performance. I would be doing this crazy sh*t with or without a big company. I would be jumping off bridges in my free time anyway so I might as well bring my world into professional wrestling.”
Darby was asked what being ranked #55 in the PWI 500 meant to him: “It doesn’t mean anything to me. I don’t care. I really don’t care about that. I care more about what the people that I look up to and respect think about me. To me, that’s just a bunch of random strangers.”