Last night’s WWE SummerSlam was a big night for both winners and losers. While the show saw more than its expected share of celebrity involvement, the guy who was definitely supposed to be in the ring, Arrow’s Stephen Amell, saw victory along with his tag team partner Neville. But is that the end of this feud that’s been going on since before the summer started? Amell isn’t so sure.
Here's what the actor had to say in a post-match interview with WWE.com's Rich Brennan, in reference to the future of his animosity with Stardust (a.k.a. Cody Rhodes).
I don't know if it...I don't know if it's over. I don't know yet.
One can easily infer from his comments that this may not be the last time we seen Amell in a WWE ring. While the SummerSlam match was billed as the culmination of the feud between Amell and Stardust, neither of the two were involved in the final decision of the match. Instead, Neville pinned Stardust’s partner, King Barrett. That wasn’t even the first time we’ve seen that, as Neville and Barrett have been trading victories since before Barrett took on his current moniker when he won the King of the Ring tournament in April. Since neither Stardust nor Amell were the ones pinning or being pinned, nothing was really settled between them, so there may need to be another match to finally bring things to a head.
If another match does occur, don’t expect to see it anytime soon. Amell has a TV show to film, after all, and the WWE would likely want to hold off a rematch for another big event. SummerSlam is WWE’s second biggest event, after Wrestlemania, so it would not be surprising at all to see them hold off until April to bring Amell back. By then, Amell would be done, or close to done with Season 4 of Arrow, so the TV series wouldn’t suffer if Amell ended up with a black eye or a pulled muscle.
This would also give Amell more time to get comfortable in the ring and gain skills, though he did not disappoint last night. Amell gave a few great shots, including his high spot off the top rope; and more importantly, he took a few shots, which is where most celebrities draw the line. Amell didn’t have a problem getting punched in the face. Wrestling fans tend to be harsh when it comes to non-wrestlers showing up and trying to take some of the spotlight, but Amell showed that he was committed to holding up his end of the deal, and he got strong praise from fans for his work.
Take a look at one of his battle scars below, as shared on his Twitter page.
We would love to see Amell come back to the WWE to finish things up with Cody...er… Stardust. He’ll only get better from here and he obviously enjoyed himself. If he thinks the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was great, we’d love to see his reaction to standing on the 50-yard-line of the Dallas Cowboys' home turf at Wrestlemania 32 next April.