Apparently falling off of skateboards is good practice for preparing your body to take bumps inside the squared circle.
Darby Allin spoke about this and more during a recent appearance on the Wrestling Perspective podcast for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.
Featured below is an excerpt from the interview where the AEW star and former TNT Champion talks about skateboard bumps being comparable to pro wrestling bumps.
“No, it was the opposite. Learning how to skateboard made me how to bump better in the ring. I remember, the first day I was at wrestling school, I was taking bumps and whatnot. My trainer was looking at me like, ‘Yo, so how’s it feel. Does it hurt?’ I was like, ‘Nah, man. I’ve been falling on concrete my whole damn life. Then, at first, he was a little offended by it, but then I would show him the videos and then he’s like, ‘Holy shit, I can’t argue that.’ So just the years of falling off skateboards. where I feel like it’s got my pain tolerance way up. I talked to Tony Hawk about it. I was like, ‘Dude, how can you be like 50-something and just still raging on the skateboard?’ He’s like,’ I just didn’t stop.’ So the fact that I was trying to intertwine [his passions] that I just don’t stop. I have a wrestling ring downstairs in my house. So if I don’t do wrestling training, I’m skateboarding in life, vice versa, whatever other stunts I do. So I just never stopped and my body feels great.”
Check out the complete interview at Apple.com. H/T to Fightful.com for transcribing the above quotes.
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