Since the death of WCW, there was the only big player in the pro wrestling business and that was WWE.
TNA Wrestling did launch, but it was still the second wrestling promotion in the world even bringing in the biggest names possible and having a weekly TV deal with Spike TV. AEW is the new company that has taken the business by storm thanks to inking a TV deal with TNT.
For Darby Allin, he did have the chance to eventually work his way to WWE as he wrestled in EVOLVE, which was a WWE developmental system. However, when AEW came about, Allin decided to go to the rival promotion instead.
This is something the TNT Champion talked about while doing an interview with Inside The Ropes‘ Kenny McIntosh.
“Yeah, I just heard that he was interested in hiring me. And the moment I heard that, I just blew his phone up and I was like, ‘Dude, I need this, I need this. Like, there’s nowhere else I want to go. I want to have my creative freedom there. This is it, get me involved.’ So I just called him off the hook.
When I heard the words ‘creative freedom’, you know, if I’m going to make it in this world, I’m going to do it as Darby Allin – no-one else. I’m not going to have anybody change who I am. So AEW is my calling card.”
Allin also talked about working with Cody Rhodes, going to Jon Moxley for advice, and more. You can watch the entire interview by clicking on the player below: