‘Just Don’t Stop’- AEW Star Darby Allin Reveals How Tony Hawk Inspired Him to Reach His Goals

Published 11/11/2021, 7:30 AM EST
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 03: American skateboarder Tony Hawk performs at the Sydney 500 Grand Finale on the Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit on December 3, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)


Pro wrestling is back in full power with fans in the stands cheering on the elite wrestlers. Notably, significant changes have taken place with the sport in recent times, adding to its growth. They have acquired many superstars like CM Punk, Jon Moxley, and even Adam Cole, attracting a bigger audience to their games. But, one superstar who stands out from the rest is Darby Allin.

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The skateboarder turned wrestler is the hottest star in the company right now. Significantly, CM Punk’s comeback match saw Allin face him at AEW All Out. There, he spoke about how Tony Hawk gave him the inspiration to do dangerous stunts.

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Darby Allin’s friendship with Tony Hawk

In a recent interview with ‘Insight with Chris Van Vliet’, he revealed stories in his life and how legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk motivated him to take the next step. A skateboarder himself, Allin often posts videos of his death-defying leaps and stunts on social media platforms. Thus, when two daredevils meet together, great things often tend to happen.

“I’m either skateboarding or something active. That was the one thing that Tony Hawk told me. He’s like 54 and killing it on the skateboard scene still. He said, ‘Just don’t stop because the moment that you take a break, that’s when everything starts to feel like sh*t.'”

“So after I have this crazy match, I’ve got to go to the skatepark, or I have to swim, or jump out of a helicopter, whatever I have to do,” said Allin.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 21: Tony Hawk of United States of America competes in BOWL-A-RAMA at Bondi Beach on February 21, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. BOWL-A-RAMA is Australia’s biggest skateboarding competition. (Photo by Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images)

Hawk is the first man to land a ‘900’ skateboarding trick and is considered being the icon and the creator of the X-Games. Allin’s urge to be the best is right up there at the top and to get advice from a skateboarding legend must be crucial for the young wrestler. But, Allin’s stunts are so dangerous that officials often tell him to slow down.

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His iconic finishing move, ‘coffin drop’ excites the audience for the sheer audacity and magnificence. The wrestler is known to do crazy stunts just like Hawk did in his early years. The willpower to get back on your feet, repeat the same stunts, again and again, until you perfect it speaks for one’s character. However, as they put their bodies on their line, accidents happen and Allin opened up about once such skateboarding accident.

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“I was going down this big hill and I hit a crack at the bottom. My elbow went into my ribs. I thought I broke my ribs. Then my kneecap smashed into the wall. I was laying there, and I thought I had broken everything. I was laying on the ground, and then I saw I was laying in a red ant hill. It just got worse and worse,” said Allin.

“I was like, if I cough up blood then I will go, but I didn’t, so I didn’t go,” said Allin.

Hawk and Allin have shades of similarities between them, as the former is a legend, while the latter is en route to becoming one.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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