One of All Elite Wrestling’s most enigmatic duos is Darby Allin and Sting. The two face-painted performers teamed up for the first time at AEW Revolution in early May.
However, the match itself was a cinematic street fight-esque match in a warehouse. One of the people who put the match together was Allin himself who recently admitted he was worried about breaking Sting’s face during the match.
“I was writing storyboards for months before the PPV. When I saw the location where we were filming, I took all these photos and was plotting everything in my brain. [I was] sitting in the boiler room, just coming up with all the shots. We had an awesome crew and Steve Yu, who helped direct it. When we’re shooting it, I was running around and doing everything possible. ‘I wanna shoot it like this.’ When we got done with the cut, I’d run through a pane of glass, and go, ‘alright, get the next shot.’ I was doing everything and I felt on autopilot. I had an adrenaline rush and felt we could go all night and was on fire with it.
The only thing that stopped me was when I had to throw the bat to Sting. I was like, ‘Alright, I’m going to throw this down.’ Tony [Khan] put it best, ‘You know how the laws of physics work, right? That bat is going to come down and we don’t know if it’s going to break Sting’s face.’ First time in the whole shoot I started thinking like, ‘What if I do break Sting’s face and he can’t finish the match?’ He’s the one who was like, ‘I’m catching that bat.’ Perfect catch, first try, beat the fuck out of everyone. I was on cloud nine.”
Sting has gotten physical since the match at Revolution but has yet to take part in a scheduled bout. Darby Allin, however, has been defending his TNT Championship in an open challenge each week on Dynamite.