Darby Allin has opened up on how he expected to end up in hospital due to his intense match with Jeff Hardy earlier this year.
Whilst Jeff Hardy now seems to transcend eras in wrestling with his unique style, Darby Allin is considered by many to be his modern-day equivalent. When ‘The Charismatic Enigma’ made the switch from WWE to AEW, it was only going to be a matter of time before the pair would face off inside the squared circle.
The match would end up taking place on the 11th May 2022 edition of Dynamite, and was fought under the stipulation that Anything Goes. Both men used the stipulation to their advantage, and whilst Hardy picked up the victory it was Allin who created one of the most memorable moments when he took flight from a ladder in the ring to crash through Hardy and a load of chairs on the outside.
Speaking with Renee Paquette on her The Sessions podcast, Darby Allin admitted that when he tested for the move earlier in the day he knew things had a chance of going badly.
Earlier in the day, I climbed that ladder and I looked down and I was like ‘yeah, I’m for sure going to the hospital tonight.’ There’s no way around it. AEW-wise, that was the craziest thing. I thought for sure I was going to meet my doom.
Darby Allin continued, explaining how it was his request that it wasn’t just a straight one-on-one match, and how he wishes it could have taken place just one week later.
It felt like I was putting a match together with myself…It was like I was talking to myself. It was fun. A week before, it was just supposed to be a normal match. Just a straight-up match. And I went up to Tony [Khan] and I said ‘hey, nobody wants to see us exchange wrist locks.
It was in New York where there’s a state commission, and I was like ‘why couldn’t we wait a week when we’re in Texas when no-one gives a sh*t?
Jeff Hardy has recently been absent from AEW whilst going through rehab, with his brother Matt giving an update recently on how Jeff is doing.
With thanks to SEScoops for the transcription.