Darby Allin has seemingly caught the eye of WWE Hall of Famer Sting ever since “The Icon” resurfaced on TNT and joined All Elite Wrestling.
Of course, because of Darby's painted face and brooding mentality, immediate parallels were drawn between he and Sting's 1996 character inspired by the movie The Crow.
Although Darby has addressed comparisons to Sting in the past, he now has had weeks of interactions with the WCW legend, and speaking with Louis Dangoor of WrestleTalk, Darby said that being a part of the tail-end of such a legendary career maybe the biggest thing to ever happen.
“That was a huge moment, but something about the interactions with Sting are just as big, because this is writing history here. If this is the tail end of somebody’s career, and you have any hand in writing that story, it doesn’t get any bigger.”
In a separate interview with Forbes, Darby would say that Sting has already begun giving him advice before reiterating the out-of-body experience it has been to work with such a high-profile name in the industry.
“The whole time I was sitting in the rafters, I didn’t know I was alluding to anything,” said Allin about his current angle with Sting. "There’s nothing as big as having ‘The Ball’ to me than having someone of Sting’s caliber come in and you’re in charge of helping to write that story of his debut. It doesn’t get any bigger than that. I take that very, very seriously so I was like ‘it’s business time.’
“I’ve gotten some advice from [Sting],” Allin continued. “He’s seen some of the videos I’ve done, and he’s a big admirer of those. He can be in the game for however long he’s been in the game and constantly keep people intrigued. So if you could pick his brain on that, that would be the No. 1 thing. Because he’s in a league of his own with that mystery and everything he controls. He controls the audience. When he walked out there and I’m just laying in that ring, and the music starts, I haven’t had a feeling like that in wrestling as long as I’ve been doing it...there’s nothing that topped that. That was like an out of body experience.”
On the most recent AEW Dynamite, Sting explained why he felt compelled to join the upstart promotion. You can learn more about his reasoning at this link.