Published On: Tue, Nov 1st, 2016

‘Arrow’ season 5: Cody Rhodes confirmed as a ‘thug’ with no WWE rematch coming

WWE fans have been clamoring for a rematch between Cody Rhodes and Arrow star Stephen Amell ever since SummerSlam 2015, where the two collided in a tag team match which Amell won alongside Neville.

Though Rhodes has now been released by WWE, essentially nixing any chance of a “sanctioned rematch” (at least through WWE), the producers of Arrow offered the masses the best alternative by casting Rhodes (via iDigitalTimes) in a guest role for the upcoming season.

According to Cinema Blend, Rhodes will be the main villain for episode three of season five (which is titled ”A Matter of Trust”) and he’ll be playing an original character by the name of Garret Runnels, a drug dealer thug who newly arrives in Star City.

One of Green Arrow’s superheroes-in-training Wild Dog (played by Rick Gonzalez and billed as a ”guest star”). A synopsis for ”A Matter of Trust” is below.

“WWE STAR CODY RHODES BRINGS THE SMACKDOWN TO STAR CITY — Now that Oliver (Stephen Amell) has his new team, they are ready to hit the streets but Oliver doesn’t feel they are ready. Headstrong Wild Dog (guest star Rick Gonzalez) defies the Green Arrow’s orders and sets out on his own after a new drug dealer, Garret Runnels (guest star Cody Rhodes), who is terrorizing Star City. Runnels proves more powerful than Wild Dog and it is up to the Green Arrow to go head to head with Runnels to save his teammate.”

Arrow will be going through something of a soft reboot this season, as Oliver Queen’s previous team of vigilantes/friends went their separate ways after the defeat of Damien Darhk (and the death of Laurel Lance) at the end of season four.

The fifth season of Arrow premiered October 5 with “Legacy,” and “A Matter of Trust” featuring Cody Rhodes will air on October 19.



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