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.
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.
Should you use any of the above quotes, please make sure to credit the original source and leave a link back to this article crediting Fightful for the transcription.