So before we get to a preview for the next episode of the Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig-starring Heels, we have to kick things off with major congrats to series star CM Punk for his return to professional wrestling as of Friday night. Signing with All-Elite Wrestling (AEW), Punk made his official debut on the second episode of TNT's AEW Rampage. But if you've been following the production on STARZ's pro-wrestling drama then you already knew Punk was returning to the ring- in the role of Ricky Rabies (as well as serving as a consultant). So you would think that of all people, Amell would've had the inside scoop, right? Which means he's been sitting on it this entire time, of course? Nope. "Got to know [CM Punk] pretty well over the past year. Finally cracked after a few months and asked him if he was ever getting back in the ring. He gave me nothing," Amell revealed in a tweet on Saturday. Still, Amell made it pretty clear that he was as impressed as everyone else, finishing with, "What a moment last night. Seriously… what a fucking MOMENT!"
Here's a look at Amell's tweet from earlier today, clearly written by his inner wrestling fanboy (hey, we're not judging- not when we watched the clip of Punk's return six times already):
Now here's a look at the trailer for this weekend's episode "Dusty Finish" along with a sneak preview where Allen Maldonado's Rooster Robbins, James Harrison's Apocalypse, and Robby Ramos' Diego discuss their future with the DWL and the various types of "s**t" one needs to consider (it'll make sense in a minute):
For a look behind the scenes at the folks that make up the world of the Duffy Wrestling League and the community that's built around them over the years, check out the following clip:
Now here's a look at what's ahead for STARZ's pro-wrestling drama in the following season trailer:
In Heels, the focus is on the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals — Jack Spade (Amell) and Ace Spade (Ludwig) — war over their late father's legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.
In the ring, Amell's Jack Spade is the charismatic villain, or heel, of the Duffy Wrestling League (DWL). In the real world, he's its hard-working owner, a husband, and father trying to make ends meet while fighting to realize his impossible dreams. He has the mind of an artist in the body of a warrior, and a Steve Jobs-ian need for perfection — and for control. He says he'll do whatever it takes to build the DWL into an empire. Will he go so far as to risk his marriage – or his relationship with his brother, Ace?
Ludwig's Ace Spade is the beloved hero and star of the DWL. Things are more difficult in the real world, where he struggles to reconcile his town idol status with his insecurities and demons. He's brash, cocky, and self-destructive — yet so damn charming and good-looking that you can almost forgive him. If he can keep it together, he'll have a ticket out of Duffy and to the big time. But that's a big if…
Written by Michael Waldron (Loki), directed by Peter Segal (Shameless), and with Mike O'Malley serving as showrunner, Heels stars Stephen Amell as Jack Spade, Alexander Ludwig as Ace Spade, Mary McCormack (The Kids Are Alright) as Willie, Chris Bauer (For All Mankind) as Wild Bill Hancock, Kelli Berglund (Animal Kingdom) as Crystal Tyler, Alison Luff (New Amsterdam) as Staci Spade, Allen Maldonado (The Last O.G.) as Rooster Robbins, James Harrison (NFL star) as Apocalypse, Trey Tucker (What Lies Below) as Bobby Pin, Robby Ramos (Snowfall) as Diego, Alice Barrett as Carol Spade, series showrunner Mike O'Malley as Charlie Gully, Duke Davis Roberts as Big Jim Kitchen, CM Punk as Ricky Rabies, and Bonnie Somerville (Blue Bloods) as Vicky Rabies. Waldron and O'Malley are also set to executive produce, alongside LBI Entertainment's Julie Yorn, Chris Donnelly, and Patrick Walmsley. STARZ and Lionsgate TV produce.
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