Darby Allin has admitted he was in pretty bad shape ahead of Sting’s in-ring debut, but he wasn’t going to let on quite how badly he was hurt.
Sting and Darby Allin successfully defeated Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page at Double Or Nothing 2021, marking The Icon’s return to the squared circle and his second AEW match after he had competed in a cinematic match at Revolution.
In a discussion on Hawk vs. Wolf with Tony Hawk, Darby Allin has discussed quite how much he injured himself in a skateboarding accident a week before the Double Or Nothing match, but he did everything he could to avoid going to the emergency room.
It’s his first live match back in front of an audience, and a week earlier, I was filming some skating down at the Gates of Hell in Phoenix, Arizona. The video I sent you [Hawk] where, I went down, but then hit the crack and flew into the wall, I thought I broke my wrist and kneecap all at once. I’m just laying there in blood. I’m in a red ant hill and shit. I went to Jaws’ [Skateboarder Aaron “Jaws” Homoki] house. I was contemplating going to the hospital, but I told Jaws, ‘I’m going to sit in the bathtub for two hours and if I piss blood, I’ll to the hospital, but if I don’t, I won’t go.
Darby Allin went on to reveal that he let Sting know what had happened on the sly, but he didn’t make it public knowledge backstage how he’d hurt himself.
It was a week before he made his return on pay-per-view and the whole week, I was limping on my knee and icing it like crazy. I didn’t know how to tell anybody that I flew into a wall skateboarding. It was a pay-per-view and so much riding on this match. I showed up and told everyone that I was training and I smashed my knee. ‘Dude, you’re really messed up.’ I low-key told Sting behind the scenes, ‘What really happened?’ He knows that I’m crazy outside of the ring. I showed him the video and he started laughing. That was pretty stressful.
Darby Allin was recently on the winning side of Great Muta’s retirement match in Japan, which was a six-man tag where he also teamed with Sting.
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.