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Darby Allin
Allin in 2019
Born (1993-01-07) January 7, 1993 (age 31)
Seattle, Washington
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Darby Allin
Darby Graves
Billed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Billed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Billed fromSeattle, Washington
Trained byBuddy Wayne
Debut2014

Samuel Ratsch (born January 7, 1993) is an American professional wrestler. He currently wrestles for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) under the ring name Darby Allin.

Ratsch has also wrestled in Evolve, Major League Wrestling (MLW), Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA), and Progress. As well as competing on the independent circuit for many different promotions.

During his time in AEW, Allin has been a two-time AEW TNT Champion and one-time AEW Tag Team Champion.

Career[change | change source]

All Elite Wrestling[change | change source]

On April 12, 2019, Allin signed a contract with All Elite Wrestling (AEW).[1] Allin made his AEW in-ring debut at Fyter Fest on May 25, 2019 fighting Cody to a draw.[2]

On November 7, 2020 at Full Gear, Allin defeated Cody Rhodes to win the AEW TNT Championship, winning his first championship in AEW.[3] After his win, Allin teamed with Rhodes. They feuded with Team Taz. Powerhouse Hobbs turned heel by attacking Rhodes and Allin on the November 18, 2020 episode of Dynamite.[4]

Allin and Rhodes would defeat Hobbs and Ricky Starks at Winter Is Coming. After the match, Team Taz went to attack them but they were saved by a debuting Sting.[5] Sting would then take Allin as a protege. He would manage him and sometimes tag with him.

Allin would lose the TNT Championship to Miro on the May 12, 2023 episode of Dynamite.[6]

On September 5, 2021 at All Out, Allin was defeated by CM Punk. This was Punk's first professional wrestling match in AEW and his first match in 7 years.[7]

Allin would win the TNT Championship for second time when he defeated Samoa Joe on the January 4, 2023 episode of Dynamite.[8] He later lost it back to Joe on February 1 edition of Dynamite.[9]

On the February 7, 2024 episode of Dynamite, Allin and Sting would defeat Ricky Starks and Big Bill to win the AEW World Tag Team Championships. This was Sting's first championship in AEW.[10]

At Revolution, Allin and Sting would successfully defend their championships against The Young Bucks (Matthew and Nicolas Jackson). This was also Sting's retirement match and with his retirement, the championships would be vacated.[11][12]

Personal life[change | change source]

When he was five-years-old, Rasch got into a car accident. He was riding in the passenger seat on a car when his uncle was drunk driving. His uncle ended up crashing and dying. Ratsch paints half of his face in a skull when he wrestles because he says that he has been "half dead" ever since. This event is also why he is straight edge.[13]

Ratsch is also a fan of skateboarding. He skates down the ramp to the ring during his entrance and sometimes uses it as a weapon.[14]

Ratsch was married to professional wrestler Priscilla Kelly until they divorced on August 10, 2020.[15]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Darby Allin joins AEW, will face Cody at Fyter Fest". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  2. "6/29 AEW Fyter Fest results: Powell's live review of Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks vs. Pentagon Jr., Fenix, and Laredo Kid, Jon Moxley vs. Joey Janela in an unsanctioned match, Cody vs. Darby Allin, Cima vs. Christopher Daniels". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  3. "6/29 AEW Fyter Fest results: Powell's live review of Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks vs. Pentagon Jr., Fenix, and Laredo Kid, Jon Moxley vs. Joey Janela in an unsanctioned match, Cody vs. Darby Allin, Cima vs. Christopher Daniels". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  4. "AEW Dynamite 11/18/20 Results: NWA Women's Title Match, Death Triangle Reunites & More!". Fightful. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  5. "AEW Dynamite 11/18/20 Results: NWA Women's Title Match, Death Triangle Reunites & More!". Fightful. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  6. "7/14 AEW Dynamite results: Barnett's live review of Fyter Fest Night One with Ethan Page vs. Darby Allin in a Coffin Match, Jon Moxley vs. Karl Anderson for the IWGP U.S. Title, Brian Cage vs. Ricky Starks for the FTW Title, Matt Hardy vs. Christian". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  7. "AEW All Out results: Powell's live review of CM Punk vs. Darby Allin, The Young Bucks vs. The Lucha Bros in a cage match for the AEW Tag Titles, Kenny Omega vs. Christian Cage for the AEW Title, Britt Baker vs. Kris Statlander for the AEW Women's Title, Chris Jericho vs. MJF". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  8. "1/4 AEW Dynamite results: Powell's live review of Samoa Joe vs. Darby Allin for the TNT Title, The Acclaimed vs. Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal for the AEW Tag Team Titles, Ricky Starks vs. Chris Jericho, Jade Cargill and Red Velvet vs. Skye Blue and Kiera Hogan, Swerve Strickland vs. AR Fox, Bryan Danielson vs. Tony Nese". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved October 1, 2023.
  9. "2/1 AEW Dynamite results: Powell's live review of Darby Allin vs. Samoa Joe in a No Holds Barred match for the TNT Title, Hangman Page vs. Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson vs. Timothy Thatcher, Jade Cargill vs. Red Velvet for the TBS Title, Konosuke Takeshita vs. Brian Cage, AEW Tag Champions The Acclaimed in action". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved October 1, 2023.
  10. "AEW Dynamite results (2/7): Powell's live review of Swerve Strickland vs. Hangman Page for a shot at the AEW Title at Revolution, Ricky Starks and Big Bill vs. Darby Allin and Sting for the AEW Tag Titles". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved February 10, 2024.
  11. "AEW Revolution results: Powell's live review of Sting and Darby Allin vs. The Young Bucks for the AEW Tag Titles in Sting's final match, Samoa Joe vs. Swerve Strickland vs. Hangman Page for the AEW World Championship". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved April 10, 2024.
  12. "Tony Khan Announces AEW World Tag Titles Will Be Vacated, Multi-Bracket Tournament Will Crown New Champions". Fightful. Retrieved April 10, 2024.
  13. "Darby Allin: 'I paint my face because 50 percent of me is dead inside'". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  14. "Legit skateboarder, talented young wrestler bridging those sports in All Elite Wrestling". Miami Herald. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  15. "AEW star Darby Allin and former MLW star Priscilla Kelly are getting a divorce". WrestleView. Retrieved October 4, 2023.

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