preview for The Best Fights In The Rocky Franchise

This week, in things you absolutely love to see: Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren are beefing like it’s 1985.

If you missed last week’s news, Variety reported that the Rocky-verse would soon expand, with a spinoff centering on Lundgren’s Ivan Drago in the works. The report was a somewhat pleasant surprise, since the Creed films have found a new generation of fans who love (fictional) boxing. Then, Mr. Balboa got a whiff of the story. In a now-deleted Instagram post, Stallone wrote, “Another Heartbreaker… Just found this out…ONCE AGAIN , PATHETIC 94 year old PRODUCER and HIS SELFISH USELESS CHILDREN are once again picking what is left OFF THE BONES of another wonderful character!!! Seriously, how do you weasels look in mirror???”

Sly, man, easy on the all-caps! We hear you. Stallone doesn’t name names, but in another deleted Instagram message (which you can still glimpse on Twitter), he seems to confirm that his target is Rocky producer Irwin Winkler. “I’d like to congratulate Irwin Winkler and family beating another wonderful character into the ground! #no shame,” Stallone wrote. Now, If that wasn’t enough Sylvester-Stallone-deleted-Instagram-rant news for your Monday, the man turned to his Rocky IV co-star, with words ripped straight from a canned ’80s film script. He wrote, “Dolph, why? Not a phone call?”

Dolph, why? Why, Dolph! Stallone continued, in another (!) deleted Instagram post, “By the way, I once had nothing but respect for Dolph but he NEVER told me about what was going on behind my back with the character I created for him !!! REAL FRIENDS Are more precious than gold.” Well, Dolph told us his side of the story, in a post that is actually still on Instagram. “Just to set the record straight regarding a possible Drago spinoff,” Lundgren wrote. “There’s no approved script, no deals in place, no director and I was personally under the impression that my friend Sly Stallone was involved as a producer or even as an actor. There was a press leak last week which was unfortunate. In touch with Mr Balboa – just so all the fans can relax…There ya go. 👊”

You heard the man: 👊. Is this the most senseless beef of the year? Maybe. I’d put it somewhere between Baby Yoda vs. Gizmo and Doja Cat vs. Noah Schapp. Maybe we should all try being nice to each other. Just a thought.

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