Believe it or not, we will not – repeat, NOT – be talking about our old pal Ye this week.
Could we? Absolutely – the dude is very much spreading his wings with regard to what he’s decided he’s OK with saying and to whom he’s saying it. He continues to go hard, talking trash about everyone and even landing in some hot water after allegedly decking some dude who approached him for a photo.
But again – we’re not talking about Ye. At least not this week.
This week’s item involves a far more meaningless beef, one with its roots in the worlds of professional wrestling and TV shows featuring DC superheroes. Like we said – meaningless.
John Cena is currently starring on the HBO Max series “Peacemaker,” built around the character he played in James Gunn’s rescue of “The Suicide Squad.” It’s quite good as far as those sorts of shows go, albeit a bit cruder than most – if you’re into that sort of thing, you should check it out.
Anyway, over the course of the series, Cena’s character makes off-color jokes about some of the DC superheroes. Whatever, no big deal – it’s a TV show. No one thinks that Superman has a thing for poop or that Aquaman does it with fish.
But when the character makes a joke about Green Arrow, well… that’s apparently a bridge too far.
(Note: We’re not going to get into the specifics of the joke because this is a family publication, believe it or not. Suffice it to say, it involves Green Arrow being the back half of a horse costume with a *ahem* strategically-cut hole in it.’Nuff said.)
Apparently, actor Stephen Amell – who played Green Arrow on the CW show “Arrow” for eight seasons – chose violence when the gag was pointed out to him on Twitter, responding with:
“Haven’t seen it. Too busy showing Cena what professional wrestling should actually look like on TV.”
For the record, Amell’s current project is the Starz show “Heels,” which revolves around a pro wrestling promotion. And the actor is a longtime wrestling proponent, having participated in a number of WWE events in the past and even competing in matches.
We’re happy to go on record as declaring this whole deal utterly stupid. Like, we’re talking staggeringly dumb. It is just spandex-clad nonsense on a couple of fronts.
Obviously, we’re here for it.
Our take is that this is pretty clearly a work. Now, that isn’t to say that we believe there was some sort of overarching cross-promotional plan in place – not at all. However, we do think that when Steven Amell saw that tweet, he saw a golden opportunity. There’s no way that Amell is actually mad at John Cena for saying a line that someone else wrote on a show that is completely disconnected from anything that Amell is currently working on. Even if he feels some ownership over the Green Arrow character – which would be totally understandable, by the way – he’s not a dummy. If he had any beef, he’d have directed it at James Gunn or whatever. The fact that he took aim at Cena means that he’s not actually mad, but making a calculated decision.
Meanwhile, John Cena’s just out here saying the lines from the script and doing his job. We honestly don’t know if he even knows about any of this or whether he has any interest in perpetuating this little feud.
Our best guess is that this is the opening except in something that will almost certainly lead to some sort of in-ring faceoff between the two of them at an upcoming WWE pay-per-view. It’s a win-win for all involved – both shows and both performers get a bump in awareness (although it’s pretty clear that Amell is the underdog, both on TV and in the ring) and we get to write about something that isn’t Ye’s ongoing public meltdown for a week.
Honestly, the biggest question will be if either one of these dudes breaks kayfabe.
We’re grateful for this item, a wonderfully stupid throwback to the joys of utterly insignificant Celebrity Slams past. As for Amell versus Cena, well… our money’s on the current professional wrestler. Besides – you can’t see him.