The Starz series, “American Gods” premiered on Sunday, and the first episode included a number of WWE references. What does this mean for the future of wrestling?
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On Sunday night, Heels premiered on Starz, introducing viewers about the Spade brothers and the Duffy Wrestling League. The program is set in the fictitious town of Duffy, Georgia, and big wrestling organizations such as the WWE and All Elite Wrestling aren’t explicitly referenced. However, the program does include a few glimpses of the wider wrestling world outside of the DWL, many of which observant wrestling fans will see or hear.
Wild Bill Hancock (Chris Bauer) returns to his former promotion to perhaps scout Ace Spade (Alexander Ludwig) for a developmental contract, which takes up the most of the first episode. Although it’s suggested that he works for WWE, the business is simply referred to as “up north.”
Early in the episode, Charlie Gully (also the series’ showrunner) is introduced as the promoter of Florida Wrestling Dystopia, a hardcore wrestling organization that competes directly with the DWL. Gully is casually mocked by Stephen Amell’s Jack Spade for considering himself “Vince McMahon,” and the video used to depict the FWD is made up of outdated Impact Wrestling clips (back when it was known as TNA).
On top of a water tower, Jack speaks with Big Jim Kitchen (Duke Davis Roberts) late in the episode. Before Kitchen can inform Spade that he intends to retire after the next DWL event, Jack recalls how he used to sneak around and watch old WCW pay-per-views while his father and pals were breaking down the show. Ric Flair vs. Sting for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship is mentioned (likely referencing when Sting beat Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at the 1990 Great American Bash). He then attempts to persuade Kitchen to turn heel in the main event between Jack and Ace, but Kitchen declines.
The program concludes with the most recent DWL event, which features a battle royale involving current Impact Wrestling and AEW standout Luke Gallows. During a battle royal, he is shown practicing in the locker room with other wrestlers, then taking a diving crossbody from Rooster Robbins (Allen Maldanado).
Michael Waldron, the show’s creator, recently talked with about hiring Amell as Jack, a well-known wrestling enthusiast. “Well, casting the lead in any program is difficult because they have to be an amazing, fantastic actor who can carry a show on their shoulders,” he said. When it comes to playing Jack Spade, you’ll need to have the physicality of a great wrestler. We needed someone who could carry off these stunts both in and out of the ring, so that when framed against his wife and kids, as well as other residents of the town, you’d think he’s a pro wrestler who lives here.
“There aren’t many individuals who look like that and are also excellent performers. One among such individuals is Steven Amell “Added he. “We were very lucky to get him, especially given the popularity of Arrow and the fact that he enjoys wrestling. He may be our most ardent supporter, and he’s even wrestled for WWE. So, God, we were very fortunate to land Steve.”
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