'Arrow' season 5 spoilers: WWE star Cody Rhodes debuts as villain Derek Sampson in episode 3


Last week on “Arrow,” the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) set to work training his new recruits, and his tough training methods and brusque manner appeared to have rubbed them the wrong way.

Oliver, wearing his Green Arrow suit, gathered recruits Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), Curtis (Echo Kellum), and Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin) at the Arrowcave. The recruits were shocked at Green Arrow’s hostility and how tough he was being on them, and when Wild Dog questioned why he was being so hard on them, the Green Arrow reminded them about what happened to Laurel (Katie Cassidy).

Later, the Green Arrow yelled at the recruits, telling Curtis that he was better off behind a computer, he also told off Evelyn for being nave and Wild Dog for being reckless. Soon, the three decided to quit training. At that point, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) told Oliver that the only way this could work is if he showed the group that he trusts them. Upon their return, the Green Arrow dropped the hood and revealed himself as Mayor Oliver Queen. All of them were shocked, and Wild Dog said that he won’t take back his comments about the Mayor being just a “pretty boy.”

This week, in the episode titled “A Matter of Trust,” WWE star Cody Rhodes makes his debut as villain Derek Sampson, and his arrival causes a stir in Star City.

Now that Oliver has his new team, they are ready to hit the streets, but their leader is unsure if they are ready. Wild Dog proves to be headstrong as he defies the Green Arrow’s orders and sets out on his own after drug dealer Sampson, who is terrorizing the city. Later, Sampson proves to be more powerful than Wild Dog, and it’s up to the Green Arrow to go head-to-head with the drug dealer to save his new teammate.

In the promo, The CW show gives a nod to Rhodes’ WWE persona, Stardust, as Oliver tells Wild Dog that a stardust dealer was killed by a vigilante. But Sampson lived and said that reports of his death were exaggerated. Later, it was revealed that the drug dealer can feel no pain and that he’s building an army to take over the city.

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.