It’s a moment WWE and Arrow fans alike have clamored for. Over the last few months, the feud between Arrow lead Stephen Amell and WWE star Stardust has achieved fever pitch; starting with Stardust calling Amell out – claiming to know his “secret” – and escalating when Amell charged the ring two weeks ago and attacked Stardust at a WWE match, the final showdown was inevitable.
Last night at WWE SummerSlam, in a two-on-two match, fans finally got what they had been hoping for as Stephen Amell – partnered with pro wrestler Neville – took on King Barrett and his nemesis, Stardust.
Amell performed admirably alongside the WWE stars, both taking and delivering some heavy blows as the match unfolded. Despite a vicious and thorough pummeling at the hands of his opponents, at the end of the match Amell climbed one of the corner turnbuckles and delivered a skillful acrobatic assault that put Stardust down. Neville would deliver a similar attack to King Barrett, claiming ultimate victory for himself and the Green Arrow.
The Arrow star was far from the only celebrity who got in on the action; comedian Jon Stewart shed his more well-known button down persona, appearing at SummerSlam in a guest host role that quickly became something much more. After introducing the match between John Cena and Seth Rollins, Stewart made his way backstage to observe the proceedings. Towards the end of the fight, Stewart rushed out into the ring – armed with a chair – and delivered a powerful blow to Cena that would lead to Rollins’ inevitable victory.
Stephen Amell’s appearance in WWE SummerSlam serves as a great means of whetting our appetites for the fourth season of Arrow. In terms of physicality, we already knew Amell could pull off the necessary high-flying maneuvers; he regularly engages in parkour both on and off of the show. As he arrived — at least partially — adorned in his soon to become standard Green Arrow tunic (which debuted at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con) we further got a chance to see how the hero will aesthetically make the transition from the Arrow to the Green Arrow. Beyond that, Amell’s solid (yet inherently somewhat ridiculous) performance as the Green Arrow in a WWE match gives hope for the lighter, more comedic elements that Arrow‘s fourth season will introduce.
That being said, in his source material Green Arrow is still a character known for his wise-cracking, generally smartass demeanor — more Tony Stark than Bruce Wayne — and Amell stayed relatively stoic throughout the skirmish. With that in minds, Stephen Amell’s chops for the lighter direction of the show still have yet to be truly proven.
Arrow returns for Season 4 on Wednesday, October 7th, at 8PM on The CW; The Flash returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, October 6th, at 8PM on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow is expected to air on The CW in early 2016.
Source: WWE (via TVLine)