AEW Superstar Darby Allin has made quite the name for himself in AEW. He has become a top-billed superstar within a short time in the promotion.
But Allin, at one point in time, was contemplating joining the WWE as new talent. He recently opened up on the AEW Unrestricted podcast on how he made the decision to join AEW over the WWE. Allin describes the process of coming into the fold of the WWE, and how he didn’t want any part of it.
Prior to joining AEW, Allin was a part of EVOLVE pro-wrestling, which was tightly affiliated with WWE. “They asked me if I was interested in coming down. At the time, I’m not trying to sound like I’m too good for it, but I was already….you either want me or you don’t. I’m not gonna try out because you already know what I can do based off the company I was working for [EVOLVE], they work so close with WWE.”
Darby Allin wanted no part of the WWE
Allin spoke about the tryouts for the WWE (NXT to be more specific) and how he thought it was arbitrary. “I was already wrestling all their wrestlers like Chris Hero and Velveteen Dream. The people I see get tryout is such a joke, it doesn’t mean anything anymore.”
Darby felt like his talents were being undervalued, and at that time, the idea of AEW seemed extremely attractive. In WWE, with a rather deep roster, the performers get extremely few opportunities to shine. This made Allin’s decision that much easier.
“I’m not gonna sit here and be this clown. Then I thought about it and I didn’t want to go there anymore. I started to talk with Cody more and more. I was like, ‘I see the writing on the wall. I’m not gonna go there and play this game where I’ll be a cruiserweight, 205 Live person. Then my body of work, my art, my promos would never see the light of day,” said Allin.
Allin has made quite a name for himself, since his debut against Cody Rhodes at Fyter Fest. True or not, his decision definitely seems to have paid off.
“I’m not gonna play games. There are thousands of people there and you forget they even exist half the time. I’m not gonna be locked in a Performance Center. I made that very clear to Cody and the rest is history.”