Stephen Amell, star of The CW's Arrow, is ready to enter the WWE ring. The 34-year-old actor is, by his own admission, a huge fan of professional wrestling and has been trying to get more involved with the WWE since lobbying to host Monday Night Raw back in April 2015.
This was the catalyst for an ongoing social media feud between Amell and WWE wrestler Stardust (Cody Rhodes). Stardust has evolved into something of a comic book-inspired villain on the show, so perhaps it was inevitable that he'd come into conflict with the TV superhero. A series of tweets between the two ramped up the tension, but after the death of legendary wrestler Dusty Rhodes, Cody's father, it seemed that the feud was forgotten.
However, the feud was far from over. Rhodes re-ignited the rivalry in July, prompting Amell to make an appearance on last night's Raw. Sitting ringside, Amell watched as Stardust launched a vicious sneak attack on Neville, a wrestler whose signature move is conveniently known as the 'Red Arrow.' Stardust then noticed Amell in the audience and that's where things got interesting.
At first, the two men seemed content to stare at each other as the crowd shouted encouragements such as "Kick his ass, Arrow!" Stardust shoved Amell and walked away, prompting the actor to launch over the barrier and pursue the wrestler. Amell nimbly vaulted over the ropes and tackled Stardust into the center of the ring. After security pulled him off, Amell shook hands with the Neville and solidified their alliance.
The show didn't end there. Amell went backstage to talk with WWE Executive Vice President Triple H, claiming that he was just defending himself. While H scoffs at the actor, Amell demands a match at the upcoming pay-per-view event WWE SummerSlam. Amell will team up with his new 'Red Arrow' Neville against Stardust and his fellow wrestler King Barrett. Leaving the details to their lawyers, the two shook hands while fans lost their minds.
Assuming that the paperwork is properly filed, Amell will be appearing at SummerSlam as a competitor. There's no word on whether or not he'll be donning the green hood from Arrow, but considering H's comments and the pageantry associated with the WWE, the odds are pretty good.
Fans of Arrow know that Amell is in excellent shape. During the first season of the show, the salmon ladder earned just as much screen time as Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) and afforded Amell plenty of opportunities to show off his impressive physique. There's no doubt that he's a good fit for the WWE, at least as a one-time guest. Staged or not, his rivalry with Stardust has fans' attention.
As a television superhero and a lifelong fan of professional wrestling, Amell is uniquely positioned to bring new levels of excitement to the event. At their core, the WWE and Arrow have a lot in common. Both feature larger-than-life characters in costume, rivalries and shifting allegiances, and improbable fight sequences. It's a crossover that can potentially benefit both parties as both can tap new fans and grow their respective audiences.
WWE SummerSlam is set for August 23rd, 2015 in Brooklyn.