Back at SummerSlam 2015, Stephen Amell had one of the best celebrity matches of all time when he teamed up with Neville to defeat Stardust and King Barrett.
Amell has teased reigniting his feud with Stardust, but we’ve yet to see him make his return to WWE television. However, after he more than held his own at the Barclays Center, the star of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows coming back is something that most wrestling fans would be open to.
In an interview with reporter Chris Van Vliet promoting the new TMNT movie, Amell said he wanted to return to WWE at some point.
“I had a blast, there are so many things that I want to do, so many little elements of professional wrestling that I would really want to get into that I felt like, there was a part of me in that match that felt like I’m ‘too cool for school for that,’ but ultimately I should have done it.”
Even though Amell seems open to coming back, he also said that his first run scared the crap out of him. Amell is used to performing stunts for Arrow, but those are done on a closed studio set where you have multiple takes to get it right, and it doesn’t at all match up with the experience of performing live in front of tens of thousands.
“It was absolutely positively terrifying, It was one of the most frightening things I’ve ever done in my entire life because, despite the fact that I am an actor and I am actually used to being in front of crowds, I’m not necessarily used to live performances.”
To make matters worse for Amell, his match was on one of the biggest WWE shows of the year, in front of a rowdy crowd in Brooklyn. Considering the many horrible celebrity appearances on WWE programming over the years, you can’t exactly blame fans for being a bit apprehensive when a new star shows up and gets a high profile match. However, Amell straight up accused wrestling fans of rooting for the celebrity guests to screw up.
“As fantastic as wrestling fans are, and they really are, there is a little piece in all of them and a big piece in a lot of them that want all celebrity guests to fail mercilessly. So I could hear it, I could feel it, but then I think I pulled through.”
Amell isn’t wrong, as the Barclays Center crowd was just waiting for the actor to botch something so they could lay him with a “You F*cked Up” chant, but he fought them off by actually being pretty decent in the ring during his match.
It also helps that Amell seems like he genuinely was trying to do well, and that he has done nothing but good things with his WWE publicity since. Considering the lack of any kind of storyline for Stardust in the recent past, at the very least, Amell returning would give him something to do.