Darby Allin, whose real name is Samuel Ratsch, has emerged as one of the most captivating figures in the world of professional wrestling. Born on January 7, 1993, in Seattle, Washington, U.S., Allin’s journey in the squared circle has been nothing short of remarkable.
Early Life and Personal Details
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Darby Allin was born on January 7, 1993. Standing at 5 ft 8 in and weighing 175 lb (79 kg), Allin’s physical attributes might not be the most imposing, but his heart and determination more than make up for it. His theme song, “I Fell”, encapsulates the essence of his character. Allin was previously married to Gigi Dolin, but the couple parted ways in 2020.
Beginning of a Wrestling Odyssey
Darby Allin’s wrestling journey began in 2015 when he made his professional debut at GCW. Over the next five years, Allin honed his skills on the independent circuit, showcasing his talent in various promotions including WWN, AAA, and Progress Wrestling.
AEW: A New Chapter
In 2019, Allin’s career took a significant turn when he joined All Elite Wrestling (AEW). His debut match in AEW against Cody ended in a draw, setting the tone for his future in the company. Despite facing setbacks against top talents like Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara, Allin’s resilience shone through.
One of his most notable achievements came when he defeated Cody Rhodes to clinch the TNT Championship at Full Gear. This victory solidified his place as one of AEW’s top stars. His association with the legendary Sting added another layer to his character, with the duo teaming up on several occasions. Together, they faced challenges from the likes of Ricky Starks, Brian Cage, Scorpio Sky, and Ethan Page.
However, every champion’s reign must come to an end. After holding the TNT Championship for 186 days, Allin was dethroned by Miro. His journey in AEW didn’t stop there. He went on to face the returning CM Punk in a highly anticipated match at All Out, which saw Punk emerging victorious. Following this, Allin entered into a feud with MJF, another top talent in AEW.
In 2022, Allin’s association with Sting continued as they teamed up with Sammy Guevara to take on the trio of Matt Hardy, Andrade, and Isiah Kassidy at Revolution.
Championships and Accolades
Throughout his career, Darby Allin has achieved significant success. In AEW alone, he’s held the TNT Championship. His accolades aren’t limited to AEW, as he’s also clinched the NEW Heavyweight Championship.