With Cody Rhodes being instrumental in the early AEW career of Darby Allin, the facepainted star has given his opinion on the former TNT Champion’s recent return to WWE.
The rivalry between Darby Allin and Cody Rhodes throughout 2019 was intense, and helped to create a platform to elevate Allin to an even bigger star in the promotion.
Allin took on ‘The American Nightmare’ in his AEW debut at Fyter Fest 2019, and took Rhodes to a time-limit draw. They would go on to clash again in the TNT Championship tournament, where Rhodes picked up the victory.
Eventually defeating Rhodes to capture the TNT Championship at Full Gear, the former title holder presented the belt to its new owner on bended knees in a sign of appreciation of Allin’s talent.
Speaking to the New York Post, Darby Allin has commented that all that matters is that Cody Rhodes is happy with his decision to leave AEW and return to WWE.
I’m just happy if he’s happy.
That’s all it comes down to. [There are] different roads everyone can take on this journey in professional wrestling. I know I wouldn’t be happy doing anything outside of AEW because of all the free time, all the skating that I get to do, and all my side projects, and the craziness. I can’t be tied down to following a schedule that much. But if he finds that happiness, that’s all that’s important. That’s all that really matters to me. It’s nobody’s business but his own.
Allin continued by noting that Rhodes’ decision to face him at Fyter Fest helped him take a step up from being a relatively unknown star.
He saw the passion that I had to be in AEW in the beginning, and that’s why he chose me to wrestle him at Fyter Fest (in 2019). That was my debut. We went to a 20-minute broadway. To kind of take a relative unknown and work a wrestler like myself at the time and do that, is very special.
Darby Allin recently advanced to the semi-finals of the Owen Hart Memorial Tournament, when he was defeated by Jeff Hardy on the 11th May edition of AEW Dynamite.