Yesterday we popped the cherry on the Top 5 of the Azn Badger’s Top 10 Manliest Man Moments list with a scene from a Godzilla movie.
That right there should tip you off to the fact that this list is very much my list of MANLY moments, and not just some cookie-cutter list for spoon-feeding to the masses.
That being said, our next moment comes courtesy of another one of my personal heroes, Sylvester Stallone.
Yeah, I made this. Damn proud of it too...
Now, as fucking awesome as Stallone movies can be, it’s common knowledge the majority of his filmography could be described as “hit and miss.”
When it comes to Stallone though, at the end of the day it all comes down to his 2 biggest characters and franchises:
Rocky and Rambo.
*GASP!* You mean Cobra wasn't one of Stallone's biggest hits!?
While I wouldn’t discover the MANLY majesty of the Rambo series until a bit later in life, the saga of Rocky Balboa was something I just couldn’t get enough of in my childhood.
Now, the character of Rocky Balboa might not be the cigar chomping paragon of MANLINESS that some of the other MEN on this list are, but make no mistake; Mr. Balboa is all that is MAN.
He’s the epitome of the classic underdog trope in cinema:
A big lovable retard with titanium MAN-BALLS of COURAGE, obsidian fists of AMERIKUHN JUSTICE, and a bionic heart pumped full of unflappable juices of MANHOOD.
ALL THAT IS MAN.
If all of that doesn’t spell AMERIKUHN HERO, I don’t know what does.
Over the course of his colorful 30+ year boxing career, Rocky Balboa did it all.
He fought and defeated the previously undefeated and undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, after losing to him by a narrow margin in their previous bout:
... Then had a "moment" with him on the beach.
He defended his title several times, only to amazingly lose and regain it in stupendously entertaining back-to-back bouts with Mr. T:
Pictured: Mr. T taking one in the nuts.
He dumped a shit ton of his winnings into buying his brother-in-law a horny robot maid:
I don't wanna' know what goes on between these 2 after hours...
He avenged the death of his best friend by beating the ever-loving fuck out of the Dolph-inator himself, Dolph Lundgren:
And he even took the time to grow a pimp-ass beard!
He trained a rough-edged prospect to world championship status, only to later end up beating the shit out of said pupil in a random and highly illegal street fight:
Man, Tommy Morrison makes for one ugly fucking action figure..
And at the end of it all he ended his career by once again losing to a world champion half his age by a narrow split-decision:
... And succeeded in effectively ending Antonio Tarver's real-life boxing career.
Somewhere towards the middle of all this though, after buying the horny robot but before beating the piss out of his pupil; Rocky found time to do something truly MAN-great…
Something worthy of being ranked our 4th MANLIEST MAN moment in all of movies…
Something MANLIER than any mere boxing ring could contain…
My greatest hope is that everyone reading this blog has seen Rocky IV, or failing that; at least knows the story of it.
Should anyone reading this blog not match any of these criteria, congratulations; you are both a pussy and a failure at life.
*ANYWAY* being as the beginning of Rocky IV deals with Rocky’s best buddy Apollo Creed getting killed in an exhibition match with the Swedish, I mean, COMMUNIST RUSSIAN death-machine Ivan Drago; naturally the final act of Rocky IV involves Mr. Balboa flying over to the USSR to pound some AMERIKUHN MAN JUSTICE into the giant Arian fuck’s face.
Unfortunately, unbeknowst to Rocky, Drago is packin’ the ‘roids; making the ensuing battle a clusterfuck of MANLY mayhem the likes of which the Eastern and Western world alike have never known:
CLICK FOR THE FIGHT
For nearly 15 rounds and nearly 10 minutes of screen time, Drago and Balboa slug it out; with Balboa falling to the mat no less than 7 times throughout.
Despite Drago out-landing Balboa about 10-to-1, someway, somehow; the Italian Stallion manages to power through the EPIC FIST-STORM of COMMUNIST RUSSIAN FACE-FUCKERY and do some damage of his own.
As evidenced by the announcer team making note of it just about every 30 seconds, the COMMUNIST RUSSIAN crowd seriously want Balboa’s nuts in their borscht.
Aw, how could anyone hate Rocky?
Also made apparent by the announcer team making note of it every 30 seconds though, is that part way through the fight, Balboa’s MAN-COURAGE in the ring is starts to win over the hearts and minds of the COMMUNIST RUSSIAN crowd.
Well okay then, I guess I'll have to take your word for it on that one.
At the end of the night, it all comes down to the 15th and final round, wherein Drago, is touched by the spirit of Rocky’s AMERIKUHN SPIRIT; turns his back on THE FUCKING POLITBURO, and says “Fuck it!” to fighting for the state in favor of fighting for MANLINESS.
Pictured: Russian Politics.
Despite possessing an incredible height and reach advantage, as well as being ahead on the scorecards by an absurd margin; Drago opts to fight the final round standing toe-to-toe with Balboa, thereby insuring his failure as a COMMUNIST MAN.
Sure enough, Balboa gets some good shots in downstairs, punches some WOMANLY MAN-tears out of Drago’s guts; and ends up flattening the big, Russian, Best-Friend Murderer in spectacular fashion.
The ref’s count reaches “10” and all the previously anti-AMERIKUHN RUSSIANS in the crowd rush into the ring and drape the triumphant Rocky Balboa in an AMERIKUHN FUCKING FLAG that, I guess they just happened to have on hand…
Such is the MANLY-POWER of Rocky.
He can travel to a HOSTILE nation, inexplicably defeat a physically superior opponent as a massive underdog, and then end up winning over the crowd to such a MANLY extent, that they KNIT AN AMERIKUHN FUCKING FLAG during the course of an hour long fight.
Amerikuhn hero or not, that has got to be one stinky-ass armpit...
Equally, uh, inexplicable; is the fact that, after trouncing their champion, the living symbol of their people’s achievements in physical conditioning; the COMMUNIST RUSSIANS offer the marble-mouthed Rocky Balboa the opportunity to voice his thoughts on the fight over the PA system.
Realizing the EPIC-NESS of the opportunity presented to him, Balboa digs deep within his recently brain-damaged mind, and summons an unrehearsed MAN-SPEECH of world-changing POLITICAL MAN-POWER:
In one night, Rocky Balboa won the most physically demanding fight of his life, and single-handedly ENDED COMMUNISM in the USSR.
Thus concludes our 4th MANLIEST MAN moment.
We’ve got 3 more to go folks, with all the EPIC MANLINESS being slung around here, it’s hard to say whether or not we’ll all survive the experience; but godddamnit I’m gonna’ give it my best shot to see it through to the end!
Check back tomorrow for MANLY MAN moment #3!
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