There is nothing quite like professional wrestling on television. It is a strobe-lit, patent-leather wonderland where literally anything that can happen, will happen — and often does.
On last week’s “Monday Night Raw,” “Arrow” star and noted WWE fan Stephen Amell was spotted in a ringside seat and something bizarre happened.
Headliner Stardust totally freaked out, claiming to the crowd Amell really was his fictional CW character Green Arrow and that he was his nemesis.
For those unfamiliar, here’s Stephen Amell on the series:
Since then, Amell was being rumoured to enter the ring and face off against Stardust in this year’s huge SummerSlam event.
Amell seemed really into the idea.
Time for a break. Features to film. Wrestling moves to learn. Revenge to be had. Kiddos to be cuddled.
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) May 26, 2015
But he quickly squashed these rumours.
However, fans overwhelmingly want the showdown to happen.
While the gist of last week’s events is pretty simple — Stardust got in Amell’s face and seemed intent in starting a feud — the reason why it happened the way it did actually makes sense if you hear a bit more from someone who follows wrestling, like comic book critic Chris Sims over at Comics Alliance.
According to Sims, in the current WWE storyline Stardust used to perform under the name Cody Rhodes (his actual real name is Cody Runnels), and adopted the Stardust persona after a personal crisis caused him to doubt himself.
As Stardust, the wrestler formerly known as Rhodes has taken on a stage presence that’s styled after comic book supervillains — only it’s being suggested that Rhodes is losing himself to the Stardust persona and really believes he’s a villain. It’s pretty wild.
Since Stardust now seems to believe that he is really a comic book villain, it makes sense for him to assume that Stephen Amell really is a comic book superhero. And Amell is totally ok with that.
It might be time to get into wrestling, folks.