While the fan response to Arrow season 4 was mixed at best, series star Stephen Amell still got to do something he’s always wanted to do in 2015: make his professional wrestling debut. Amell, a long-time fan of the scripted sport began a war of words of with villainous WWE wrestler Stardust (a.k.a. Cody Rhodes, son of late wrestling legend “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes) on social media, and things picked up when the two got physical during an episode of popular wrestling program Monday Night Raw last summer. Amell and Stardust finally collided in an official match at August’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view event, with Amell teaming up with high-flying good guy Neville to defeat Stardust and fellow villain Wade “King” Barrett.
With Amell’s good showing inside the ring – and the positive fan response he garnered – many naturally assumed that the man behind Oliver Queen would return to continue his feud with Stardust at some point in the future. Unfortunately, that possibility evaporated when Stardust’s portrayer Cody Rhodes grew disgruntled with WWE, and left the company earlier this year. Rhodes currently plies his trade on the independent wrestling scene, although obviously not as the Stardust character, which WWE owns the rights to.
Well, Amell apparently isn’t willing to give up on the idea of a rematch that easily. During a joint convention appearance, he and Rhodes both confirmed that the latter is set to guest star during Arrow season 5. Rhodes will appear during episode 3 of season 5, although full details of what role he’ll play or how his character will figure into the plot weren’t revealed. As one might imagine though, Rhodes is probably gonna be playing a supervillain of some sort, with the wrestler turned actor saying (via TVLine) “You can probably expect Stephen and I to get into another fight.”
While it’s a pity that Rhodes’ Stardust character won’t literally be able to crossover his real life fight with Amell into DC’s small-screen world, it’ll be interesting to see what Arrow foe he ends up playing. Of course, there’s also a chance that Arrow’s writers have Rhodes play an original character, created just for the episode he appears in. After all, unless Rhodes plans to become a semi-regular guest on Arrow, it probably wouldn’t make much sense to assign him to a well-known villain in the Green Arrow comic pantheon.
After a season finale that made the fans running Arrow’s subreddit angry enough to convert it into a Daredevil page – which it still currently is for the record – The CW’s flagship superhero series needs to find a way to get back on track. Here’s hoping Cody Rhodes coming aboard is but one of many more exciting announcements to come for season 5.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.