Darby Allin: Falling Off Skateboards Prepared Me For Wrestling

Darby Allin says skateboarding prepared him for the rough bumps he would take as a professional wrestler.

Darby Allin has his own style of professional wrestling that is carefree and features intense bumping. Because of this, Darby Allin has a level of realism attributed to his performances inside the squared circle.

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During a recent appearance on the Wrestling Perspective podcast, Darby was asked whether or not bumping as a wrestler helped him for the falls he would take while skateboarding. Darby says that it was actually the opposite and shares a conversation he had with Tony Hawk about the matter.

“No, it was the opposite. Learning how to skateboard made me how to bump better in the ring. I remember, the first day I was at wrestling school, I was taking bumps and whatnot. My trainer was looking at me like, ‘Yo, so how's it feel. Does it hurt?’ I was like, ‘Nah, man. I've been falling on concrete my whole damn life. Then, at first, he was a little offended by it, but then I would show him the videos and then he's like, ‘Holy shit, I can't argue that.’ So just the years of falling off skateboards. where I feel like it's got my pain tolerance way up. I talked to Tony Hawk about it. I was like, ‘Dude, how can you be like 50-something and just still raging on the skateboard?’ He's like,’ I just didn't stop.’ So the fact that I was trying to intertwine [his passions] that I just don't stop. I have a wrestling ring downstairs in my house. So if I don't do wrestling training, I'm skateboarding in life, vice versa, whatever other stunts I do. So I just never stopped and my body feels great.”

Elsewhere on the same podcast, Allin elaborated on why he would prefer a short career where he gave his all as opposed to holding back any passion. Learn more here.

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