Arrow: Cody Rhodes Comes to Star City

Green Arrow confronting Derek Sampson

[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Arrow ahead.]


Last night's episode of The CW's Arrow finally saw Oliver Queen come to peace with recruiting a new team of vigilantes, and entrusting them with his secret identity. Arrow's fifth season has so far kept with the promise of a more grounded storyline, in the same vain as the series' first two seasons - except for some of the mystical abilities of Ragman. With that in mind, Team Arrow has had their hands full with Tobias Church, and his nefarious plans for Star City. But, it seems like next episode, another menace will be causing havoc - and one who series star, Stephen Amell, has a history with.

In the third episode of this season, Green Arrow will have to deal with a new drug dealer in town, played by former WWE star, Cody Rhodes. What is somewhat humorous about this development is that Stephen Amell has had a bit of a feud (albeit scripted, of course) with Rhodes in the squared circle. Amell, a noted wrestling fan, even appeared at WWE's SummerSlam PPV where he defeated Rhodes in a match. And now it appears the feud has made its way into the Arrowverse - sort of.

The CW has released a new promo (above) for next week's episode, as well as images and a synopsis (via CBM), all of which tease the grudge match of sorts. You can see the images and read the synopsis below:

"WRESTLING STAR CODY RHODES BRINGS THE SMACK DOWN TO STAR CITY —Now that Oliver (Stephen Amell) has his new team, they are ready to hit the streets but Oliver doesn’t feel they are ready. Headstrong Wild Dog (guest star Rick Gonzalez) defies the Green Arrow’s orders and sets out on his own after a new drug dealer, Derek Sampson (guest star Cody Rhodes), who is terrorizing Star City. Sampson proves more powerful than Wild Dog and it is up to the Green Arrow to go head to head with Sampson to save his teammate. Gregory Smith directed the episode written by Ben Sokolowski & Emilio Ortega Aldrich."

Wild Dog

Cody Rhodes as Derek Sampson

Derek Sampson (Cody Rhodes)

Green Arrow

Green Arrow confronting Derek Sampson

Derek Sampson

Oliver Queen Bravta Meeting

Oliver Queen Flashback

Star City Police Felecity Boyfriend

Stephen Amell in Arrow Season 5 Episode 3

Green Arrow

Green Arrow

The promo includes some humorous nods to Cody Rhodes' time in the WWE, including calling him the Stardust dealer (his stage name for a time was Stardust). Of course, he will not go by Stardust in Arrow, but rather drug dealer, Derek Sampson. And all jokes aside, he looks to be a highly formidable opponent for Oliver Queen and team. Despite apparently falling to his death, Sampson is going to emerge with enhanced strength, reflexes, and heightened pain tolerance (no, he's not Ajax from Deadpool).

While the inclusion of Cody Rhodes as the Stardust dealer in Arrow is a fun nod to his feud with Amell, the episode looks like it may operate as no more than a filler. With a season comprising 20+ episodes, Arrow, and all the Arrowverse shows, occasionally have to move away from their main plot with a one-off villain that helps strengthen side plots, and keeps the show moving forward. Unfortunately, that might mean less of Tobias Church next week, and perhaps, even less of Prometheus, who we haven't even begun to explore.

NEXT: Arrow Producer Teases Oliver's Reaction to Supergirl

Arrow continues next Wednesday with ‘A Matter of Trust’ @8pm on The CW.

Source: The CW [via CBM]

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