AEW has successfully created several homegrown stars, and among them is Darby Allin, who has gotten over for his devil-may-care attitude to his own safety. However, many worry about his career longevity, and it appears among them is the WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, who would discuss the AEW original on his latest podcast episode. Specifically noting, he feels he needs to add layers to his character, so the necessity of taking more and more extreme bumps isn’t always there.
He’s a phenomenal athlete, and he comes from the world of extreme sports. He’s like a cat, and then he lands on his feet. He’s got incredible body control. But I think every performer has to find a different gear so that they can go into as much wild stuff as I did. I was able to temper it with the promos and by shifting gears and injecting humor.
I think almost every guy with a long history, not talking about the guys who could go from territory to territory and basically recreate that same push each time, talking about the guys who had the long runs in WWE, WCW found another gear and that it often involved humor. And so Darby, I haven’t seen him in a couple of years or talked to him, but he’s a soft-spoken young man, and he probably should find a way to add layers to that character that doesn’t necessitate taking those risks all the time.Mick Foley
Foley destroyed his body to stand out from the crowd and achieve wrestling stardom; however, it took years of his in-ring career and left him dealing with persistent pain. Therefore it would be wise for Allin, and any wrestler who chooses to wrestle an extreme style, to listen to Foley’s advice, as few know better than he does when it comes to hardcore risk-taker wrestling.
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