Celebrity News: Dave Bautista misses the punchline as Arrow’s Stephen Amell jokes about celebrities taking up pro wrestling while Guardians of the Galaxy star prepares for Wrestlemania return
02:36 EDT, 13 March 2019
03:12 EDT, 13 March 2019
Stephen Amell’s wisecrack aimed at Dave Bautista didn’t land as expected.
The 37-year-old actor made a joking comment referring to his own brushes with the squared circle amid the news Monday that Bautista, 50, would step into the ring for the biggest pro wrestling show of the year – Wrestlemania 35 – in a match against Triple H.
Amell, a longtime fan who was the focal point of a celebrity-driven WWE storyline in 2015, took to Twitter Tuesday with a tongue-in-cheek jab at Bautista, the former WWE champ who’s gone on to Hollywood fame playing Drax alongside Chris Pratt in the Guardians of the Galaxy series.
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Amell wrote, ‘Just landed and found out about @DaveBautista v @TripleH — Really pumped for the match but also don’t want to see a celebrity angle detract from an awesome wrestling card.’
Bautista didn’t seem to sense the irony Amell was intending with the self-deprecating post, reminding the Arrow star that his pro wrestling pedigree preceded his success in Tinseltown.
‘Considering that celebrity could actually f*** someone up,’ Bautista wrote, ‘and that celebrity is a former 6x heavyweight champ, and that celebrity is there because he loves it, maybe it just adds to the card. Maybe.’
Amell – who’s been seen on shows such as Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl playing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow – got back on the site to clarify he was not intending to start anything with the comment, which was meant to be self-deprecating.
Opening salvo: Amell made a joking comment referring to his own brushes with the squared circle
Feedback: Bautista didn’t seem to sense the irony Amell was intending with the self-deprecating post, reminding the Arrow star that his pro wrestling pedigree preceded his success in Tinseltown
Mea culpa: Amell posted again making clear to Bautista he wasn’t disrespecting him
‘Hey Dave – I went out of my way to introduce myself to you in Atlanta at a convention so I could tell you what a big fan of yours I am,’ Amell wrote. ‘You couldn’t have been more pleasant. My tweet was meant to poke fun at me. It clearly wasn’t funny.’
The Toronto native, who’s also gotten in the ring for the organization Ring of Honor, ended the post in writing, ‘Please don’t kill me.’
Bautista makes his return to the ring at Wrestlemania 35, which will air April 7 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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On guard: Bautista plays Drax in the popular film series