When AEW started signing talent, Cody Rhodes knew pretty early on he wanted Darby Allin on board. Darby Allin had no problem making sure Cody knew the interest was mutual.
Darby recently spoke to Inside The Ropes and Allin admitted that once he heard AEW was interested in signing him, he blew up Rhodes’ phone, knowing he wanted the creative freedom AEW would offer.
“Yeah, I just heard that he was interested in hiring me. And the moment I heard that, I just blew his phone up and I was like, ‘Dude, I need this, I need this. Like, there’s nowhere else I want to go. I want to have my creative freedom there. This is it, get me involved.’ So I just called him off the hook.”
“When I heard the words ‘creative freedom’, you know, if I’m going to make it in this world, I’m going to do it as Darby Allin – no-one else. I’m not going to have anybody change who I am. So AEW is my calling card.”
Darby had a lot of options at that time. Thanks to EVOLVE’s partnership with the WWE, Allin was no doubt on WWE’s radar at the time as well. At the end of the day, it boiled down to who allowed him to be himself and the freedom it allowed him. He no doubt feels he made the proper choice at this time. You can watch the rest of the interview below.
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