By Craig Martin
Professional wrestling is without a doubt one of the stranger forms of entertainment. It’s a mix of reality and fiction, sports and soap opera, comic books and bodybuilding. From the days of Frank Gotch and George Hackenschmidt hosting “wrestling exhibitions” at carnivals, to the massive, international World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that people know today, wrestling is a part of our culture, mainly because fans are enthralled by its athleticism, camp and characters.
Over the past few years, WWE has made strides to turn its product more mainstream. It has started its own film studio, worked to get wrestlers on television shows and created an air of mystery surrounding backstage dealings. But now it seems a meta storyline is in the works involving Stephen Amell (star of The CW’s “Arrow”) and wrestler Cody Rhodes (Stardust).
Over the past few months there has been a small but persistent ongoing feud between Amell and Rhodes. According to the fanbase’s reaction, it has been a tremendous run of fun over that timeframe. While it appeared the rivalry was being put on hold after the sudden death of the legendary Dusty Rhodes (father of Cody Rhodes), they’re once again back at it. Small tiffs over social media have been all the rage in WWE, but recently Amell appeared in the audience at WWE’s flagship program “Monday Night Raw” which culminated in staredowns with Rhodes. A fight nearly broke out between them.
As depicted in a Facebook video, it appears the rivalry may be taking an abnormal path as the “Arrow” star teased an appearance on an upcoming episode of “Monday Night Raw.” It is rumored that his appearance on Raw will lead to an actual wrestling match between the villainous wrestler Stardust and the fictional comic book and television star Green Arrow at WWE’s August pay-per-view event “SummerSlam.”
This, however, remains to be seen. It would certainly be great exposure for both WWE and The CW, especially as the “Arrow” will be undergoing a reboot of sorts with season four finally becoming “Green Arrow” and Starling City renamed Star City.
The world will know come Monday night whether we will see the Green Arrow suit up and try to vanquish a villain running amok in the world of professional wrestling.