Just over a year ago, Stephen Amell entered the ring at WWE Summerslam with his tag team partner Neville as the two faced off against Stardust(Cody Rhodes) and Wade Barrett. After months of an on-going feud which included several appearances on Monday Night Raw by Amell as well as numerous trash talking videos via social media, things culminated in spectacular fashion when Amell jumped from the top rope taking out both Barrett and Stardust. Amell tossed Barrett back into the ring for Neville to hit his high-flying signature finisher and secure the win.
Ahead of Rhodes’ debut on tonight’s episode Arrow, CBR spoke exclusively with the now former WWE superstar on how his exit from the world of wrestling lead to his opportunity to guest star on the show.
Selfishly, in my mind, when we did the initial crossover, I always thought, “That would be cool if Stardust made his way to ‘Arrow.’” As time went by, Stephen and I became buds. I thought that ship had maybe sailed. Then, in a dramatic fashion, I left WWE. When that happened, I had more time on my hands. I decided, “Why not? Why not read for it? I’m not asking for anything.” I went through the proper channels. “Let’s go read. Let’s get in the room.”
I have a tremendous amount of respect for Rhodes knowing he didn’t exploit his position as a celebrity as well as the humility he brought when approaching his audition for the show.
Tonight’s rematch between Amell and Rhodes feels like a dream come true knowing Amell will be in full Arrow gear with Black Neely’s rousing score behind them as they duke it out.
To read the full interview head on over to CBR.
Arrow airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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.