In a celebrity special for American Ninja Warrior, Stephen Amell proved that all his muscles aren’t just for show as Oliver Queen on Arrow.
American Ninja Warrior is not easy. It seems fitting to open this post with that statement. Last season, no one even managed to make it to the final stage. However, the show didn’t necessarily make things that much easier for last night’s celebrity edition. (There was, however, no time limit on the special stage.) It didn’t really matter for Arrow‘s Stephen Amell, though.
He wasn’t the only person to finish the course, but he did do it without dropping into the water, and then he went on for bonus obstacles to earn $35,000 for charity.
Check out the video, posted by NBC to Facebook (and via CBR), below:
We can't believe our eyes! Watch Stephen Amell glide through the course in our partner M&M's U.S.A. Run of the Night.
Posted by NBC on Thursday, May 25, 2017
No one else bothered to even try the Salmon Ladder or go onto the second portion of the course, content to finish what would be the qualifying round’s six obstacles. However, as the hosts, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Matt Iseman, pointed out, he’s done the Ladder on Arrow before. A quick YouTube search shows that there are definitely clips of those (shirtless) scenes floating around. The Swinging Peg Board, however, proved to be too much.
We have to disagree with the idea that only fanboys would like seeing this, though. Even though Amell does keep his shirt on, it’s a lot of fun just to see him put that strength to use, and he’s clearly having a great time.
Arrow is returning for a sixth season on The CW this fall, but hey, if the show ever does get canceled or Amell decides he wants something to do in the off-season, might we suggest a real run at Mt. Midoriyama? As CBR also found, Amell expressed some interest in returning to the show on Facebook.
Besides, it’s not like ANW doesn’t already have a superhero in Jessie Graff.
What’s one more?