DEADSPIN: “This Is Darby Allin… And I Love Him”

BY LAUREN THEISEN – OCT 17, 2019


Screenshot 2019-10-16 at 11.04.14 PM - EditedThe Tim Burton creature pictured directly beside these words is a pro wrestler named Darby Allin, who currently performs for the start-up promotion All Elite Wrestling.

Today I am here to tell you that I would die for this skeleton twink. Allin has only been wrestling for about four years, and he’s only ever been on TV twice—the past two Wednesday nights, on AEW’s TNT show. But in just a limited amount of time in the spotlight, he’s become absolutely captivating.

Allin, as you can at least partially tell from the photo, is doing a sort of goth skateboarder street rat gimmick, with a character name that I will bet $100 is a reference to the Germs’ Darby Crash and the much more aggressively gross punk icon GG Allin. (Darby’s real name appears to be legitimately unknown to the public.) As a wrestler, he is a nihilistic risk-taker who heedlessly throws his skinny little body into heavy bumps because, uh, half of him is dead. His signature move, the coffin drop, is just him trust-falling off the top rope, and his career is already littered with daredevil spots.

You can hear him do promos—calmly, intensely, thoughtfully—at this link. But Allin’s magnetism, as with many great wrestlers, is more about what he can get across without saying anything. His most visible tattoo—“Nothing’s over till you’re underground” on his chest—sums up the character with… Read More HERE

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