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“Arrow” star Stephen Amell makes the leap — and based on the moves he showed last week, “leap” is exactly the right word — from actor and pro wrestling fan to WWE Superstar for one night this Sunday at “WWE SummerSlam,” teaming up with Neville against Stardust (who he’s sparred with over social media for weeks) and Wade Barrett.
Amell is far from the first celebrity to participate in a pro wrestling match — Jay Leno, of all people, did so back in 1998 — but the overlap between wrestling fans, genre TV fans and comic book fans have generated keen interest in the affair (along with the fact that the parkour-training Amell probably will be able to do some pretty impressive things inside the ring). With that type of interest, of course, comes a ton of fan art.
Stardust may have lost his match last night on Monday Night Raw, but that didn’t keep the WWE’s resident supervillain from continuing his recent Twitter war with television superhero and longtime WWE fan Stephen Amell.
After kicking off his pre-match ritual by leaning over the guardrail and hissing in the face of the Arrow star, Stardust (aka Cody Rhodes) was unsuccessful in his bid to defeat the high-flying Neville. Of course, if you take commentator JBL’s word for it, Stardust’s poor showing was due to being embarrassed “right out here in front of his nemesis, the Arrow.”
When her high school was failed by an “awful” prom theme — “Sweet Dreams (or Candy Land)” could only be the work of Ra’s al Ghul — Danielle Taylor set out to make things right … by attending in a dress inspired by Arrow.
In a Facebook post written to series star Stephen Amell, Taylor showcases photos of herself in an emerald-green gown, hood and matching sneakers (for a round of after-prom crimefighting, undoubtedly), and carrying a bow. Her friend Ashlyn, dressed in red, stood in for The Flash.
“I thought that the way Warner Bros. announced the slate of DC movies could have been handled better. I think that someone like Grant Gustin, who has just launched an iconic character like The Flash, to record-breaking numbers — numbers that far surpassed Arrow‘s numbers […] I think that he should have been given a wider berth than two episodes before another actor was announced to play his character. […] I thought that it was shitty that all of this stuff got announced the morning that the ratings — the spectacular ratings — of the second episode of The Flash came in.”
I don’t know if that’s a byproduct of the anonymity there, but when you’re sorta scrolling through looking at Twitter reactions to the show, they exist at the edge of each spectrum. They’re incredibly negative towards some characters. They’re overwhelmingly positive towards others … I don’t think Twitter’s important.
Think of social media like NSYNC. I think that Facebook is Timberlake, OK? And I think that all of the other forums are the other members of the group.
On the Facebook side, connecting with the fans in that way I think holds a lot more value, holds a lot more sway and it’s just been fun. I’m the same person as I was before I got this job, but this job has given me the platform to have fun and do interesting things on Facebook.
I personally haven’t encountered anything negative on Twitter. People I know have. And I think Twitter does a horrendous job of protecting those folks. When they have a better policy, maybe I’ll go back.”
— Arrow star Stephen Amell, who has more than 2.7 million Likes on Facebook, discussing his social media presence and preferences during a set visit
Watching the April 16 episode of Arrow, Dave Jones thought the big fight scene between Slade Wilson and Oliver Queen would look “pretty nifty” as a lightsaber duel. So he transformed the sequence into something straight out of Star Wars, complete with musical score, opening crawl, blasters and cameos by R2-D2, mouse droids and, yes, an Ewok.
The result even received an endorsement from Arrow star Stephen Amell. Watch the video below.