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Darby Allin on how he found out he was wrestling CM Punk, advice from Tony Hawk, his skateboarding accident, being homeless

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Darby Allin was interviewed on "Insight with Chris Van Vliet" to talk about to talk about his friendship with Tony Hawk, why fans relate to him, how he created his finisher The Coffin Drop, his match with MJF at Full Gear, and a lot more.

Here are some highlights:

Allin talking about working with Deathwish Skateboards:

“I’m actually coming out with a Darby Allin collaboration with Deathwish Skateboards. I have their logo tattooed on my cheek. So they are coming out with the Darby Allin skateboard and I wanted to put a video out for it, so they know, and I know my own limits. AEW is my top priority and I can’t show up there with a broken hip.”

Allin talking about a skateboarding accident he once had:

“I was going down this big hill and I hit a crack at the bottom. My elbow went into my ribs. I thought I broke my ribs. Then my kneecap smashed into the wall. I was laying there and I thought I had broken everything. I was laying on the ground, and then I saw I was laying in a red ant hill. It just got worse and worse. I thought I broke my wrist and I had to wrestle next week. It was fu**ed up. I was contemplating going to the hospital for 3 hours. I was like, if I cough up blood then I will go, but I didn’t, so I didn’t go.”

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On Tony Hawk’s advice:

“I feel great and my body feels great. We all know that I am straight edge, but people don’t know all the work that I put into feeling healthy. There is stretching, eating right, and taking care of myself. Plus I feel like I don’t give my body time to rest. I’m either skateboarding or something active. That was the one thing that Tony Hawk told me. He’s like 54 and killing it on the skateboard scene still. He said, ‘Just don’t stop because the moment that you take a break, that’s when everything starts to feel like sh*t.’ So after I have this crazy match, I’ve got to go to the skatepark, or I have to swim, or jump out of a helicopter, whatever I have to do.”

Allin on finding out about his match with CM Punk at All Out:

“I was talking to Tony (Khan) on the phone. You don’t believe something until it happens, and then once I cut the 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 highest 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 weren’t 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 the I don’t give a sh*t about 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.”

Allin talking about his lowest point in wrestling:

“I would say the biggest low point had to have been when I was homeless in my car and I couldn’t catch a break. I just didn’t know what I was missing mentally. I wouldn’t get booked anywhere. I’m like, ‘What the f*ck is going on here?’ The thing with wrestling is, personally, I respect the independents, but I’m happy I don’t do them anymore because a lot of independents was more of not your talent, but more of your friends, and I’m not here to be someone’s friend. You either book me because you respect my work or don’t book me at all because I’m not going to kiss your a*s and go out to the bars afterwards and hang out with you guys. That was annoying when I couldn’t catch a break, and then I would see all these guys that are a*s kissing and being buddy buddies with everybody. I was like, ‘Is that what I have to do?’ My insights told me, ‘There’s no f*cking way. Darby, you’re not going to do that.’ So, I’m happy that I stayed the course because I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror knowing that I was fake.”

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