Whether you’re a fan of The CW’s hit series Arrow or a devout follower of WWE Monday Night Raw, you’ve likely heard about the growing feud between Arrow star Stephen Amell and wrestler Stardust (Cody Rhodes). What started as an entertaining social media feud has grown to outlandish proportions, culminating last week in a short confrontation in the ring.
Stardust has been evolving into a comic book-inspired villain since he joined the WWE, regularly indulging in over-the-top antics and eccentric speeches in between matches. It seemed inevitable that the wrestler would seek out a hero to serve as his counterbalance. Amell proved to be a great choice, playing a television superhero and being a lifelong fan of professional wrestling. The two men have become embroiled in a “real life” comic book conflict, one that is going to be settled in the ring during the 2015 WWE SummerSlam.
In anticipation of the upcoming event, Stardust and his wrestling partner King Barrett released a video message for Stephen Amell (above). Stardust, the Prince of Dark Matter, calls Amell “overzealous” before Barrett takes over. Barrett solidifies their alliance, naming the two men the Lords of Darkness before calling Amell a “maggot.” The video ends with Stardust bestowing a new cape upon King Barrett and christening him the Cosmic King.
Amell was a good sport about the insult, claiming on Twitter that “actions speak louder than words.” The actor has been building anticipation in his own way, teasing what he’ll be wearing during the wrestling match. While many assumed (and hoped) that he would be wearing his Arrow gear, Amell has promised that he’ll be wrestling shirtless in the ring. However, the actor was coy in saying that doesn’t mean he won’t make his entrance wearing something else.
Amell also tweeted a picture of himself in training gear:
It should be noted that the training gear is not indicative of his final costume. Fans will likely have to wait until Sunday night to get a look at their favorite superhero turned professional wrestler.
The rivalry between Amell and Stardust feels like it was pulled straight from the pages of a comic book, with both adopting personas and gathering allies before the upcoming battle. In fact, Stardust might be the most bizarre villain the Arrow has ever had to face. His eccentricity and penchant for villainous monologues set him apart from those villains typically showing up in Starling City. Their match might as well be an Elseworlds story, taking place somewhere in the DCTV Multiverse.
WWE SummerSlam is set for August 23rd, 2015 in Brooklyn.