Darby Allin Was Worried He'd 'Break Sting's Face' At AEW Revolution
"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?'"
Darby Allin has revealed the only concern he had with designing the creative process for his street fight match at AEW Revolution was the possibility of accidently dropping a baseball bat on Sting's face.
Allin and Sting teamed to face Ricky Starks and Brian Cage of Team Taz in a cinematic Street Fight match at AEW Revolution, with the TNT Champion taking the lead role in the development of how the match was filmed and produced.
Allin said he was full of adrenaline during the night filming as he rushed around to ensure each spot looked exactly the way he envisioned it, only to briefly stop when AEW boss Tony Khan pointed out that one particular moment could result in injury for the iconic Sting.
Speaking to on Drinks with Johnny, Allin said: "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 f**k out of everyone. I was on cloud nine."