When Stephen Amell straps on the wrestling boots, he goes “All In”.
“All In” is the largest independent professional wrestling event to take place in the U.S. in 25 years. The sold-out non-WWE event drew more than 10,000 people to the Sears Centre near Chicago, Illinois on Saturday.
Former WWE superstar Cody Rhodes — son of the legendary “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes — was one of the chief organizers of the event. Looking to add a little celebrity to the lineup, Rhodes picked up the phone and dialled a bonafide superhero.
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Canadian “Arrow” star Stephen Amell agreed to wrestle on the show, competing mono e mono with veteran professional wrestler Christopher Daniels.
Amell’s first foray into the squared circle was a tag team match at WWE’s Summerslam in 2015. One of his opponents in that bout was a character by the name of Stardust, played by Rhodes.
Amell, 37, and Daniels, 47, wrestled a lengthy match with some serious displays of athleticism all around. The actor delivered a stunning, superhero-esque “coast to coast” dropkick, leaping from one corner post of the ring to the next.
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Clearly willing to take some damage, Amell even performed a classic elbow drop. His opponent moved out of the way at the last second, leaving Amell to crash through a table with a thud.
Ultimately, Amell was pinned and the two competitors shook hands, taking to individual corners as the audience applauded both men’s efforts.
The event also drew some famous faces, with “Free Fallin'” singer John Mayer and “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin sitting front row and centre.