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Rocky 7: Ring Rules ‘Creed’ Team Best Follow If They Know What’s Good For Them

Rocky 7 Moving Forward, Ring Rules To Follow

COMMENTARY | Rocky 7 is actually going to happen, but it will be called Creed, and it will focus on the late Apollo Creed’s grandson. That’s the news our own Niki Cruz reported earlier today, and the word that has set the Internet film community abuzz. I’m one of the few people in this world, who adored every film in the series — yes, Rocky V included — and so I’m not too sure how to feel about this. Part of me wanted to string Sylvester Stallone up and beat him like a pinata for doing Rocky Balboa. Then, I saw the actual movie, and it was amazing.

But Stallone has had a long history of doing something good, making a comeback, and then devolving into one crap film after another. Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot, Oscar, The Expendables, Bullet To The Head — he tastes a little bit of success, and then goes off the deep end. Through it all, in my humble opinion, he’s always done right by the Rocky Balboa character. But this time, some new guys are running the show, and while their Fruitvale Station may be as excellent as the critics are saying, I’m still not sold on ever seeing more of Rock-O’s life. That’s why I’ve developed these ring rules for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan to follow. Break one, guys, and I must break you.

Listen To Sly’s Input.

His movies may often reek of stupid one-liners and corny speeches, but when it comes to Balboa, the man knows his stuff. It’s fine to make this movie your own, but remember that you’re dealing with one of the greatest characters in movie history. Do right by him, and if Stallone gives you some direction with regard to the Balboa character, take it, with one small exception.

Don’t Kill Rocky.

Since the news broke years ago that Stallone had planned on killing Rocky in the fifth film’s beyond-words-awesome street fight sequence, I’ve cringed with each new rumor that Sly would be doing another film. I do not want to see Rocky die. Ever. If Stallone tries to get you guys to pull a Rocky III Mick death moment, buy lots of Kevlar and hire bodyguards because I and about 90 percent of Rocky Nation are coming after you. And Stallone won’t be safe either.

Don’t Kill Paulie.

If Burt Young doesn’t want to do a Rocky 7, and you get the urge to give us a Paulie update anyway, remember: he’s moved to Miami to become a gigolo.

Finally, Don’t Touch The Fight Scenes.

Yes, Mr. Coogler, you may have made a great film with Fruitvale Station. You may know your stuff behind the camera. You may know how to direct actors. But don’t you dare even think about putting your own spin on the Rocky 7 / Creed fight scenes. Nobody directs a boxing match like Sylvester Stallone. Nobody. The technique is often more brawl than brains. The head shots may sound like gunshots. The slow motion and musical cues might take away from the realism. But have you seen boxing lately? Nobody wants realistic. We want Rocky. And even though he won’t be better not be stepping into the ring himself, you’re playing in the franchise sandbox here. Give us a fight worthy of Rocky 7 expectations, and we’ll welcome you with open arms. Subject us to the cinematic equivalent of a Floyd Mayweather, Jr., fight, and so help me God, I will be your worst nightmare. (Oops, wrong movie.)

So how about it, Rocky Nation. What do you think of Rocky 7, Creed, whatever you want to call it? And what ring rules do you have for the guys accepting the torch?

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14 Responses to “Rocky 7: Ring Rules ‘Creed’ Team Best Follow If They Know What’s Good For Them”

  1. Dc Tackle

    I'd of thought it would be better if it was rocky training his own son or something like that rather than about creeds grandson but oh well

  2. Dave Ward

    Love the idea! I do enjoy Michael B Jordan since the 1st show I saw him in "Wallace in The Wire" his last scene of that show was heart wrenching! I have never seen Fruitvale Station although I've heard it was great.. Love this with Apollo's grandson & I don't think they could of come up with a better idea even if they were to put Rocky's son as the next coming!

  3. Sarah Mendez Cintron

    If he's gonna die, then what better way than the legendary Rocky still in the ring, but by the side of Apollo's grandson. Have him die if old age or something yet still doing what he loved

  4. Giovanni Ferrari

    I always wondered why Sylvester Stallone never set up a 'passing the torch' to his son. I was thinking from rocky 5 , when rocky was training tommy Gunn , the kid was training with paulie, I thought that was the start of ' passing the torch right there- rocky balboa came out I must say I was disappointed to see the kid was a business man – right about now they could be setting up rocky junior vs creed grandson something like that- but, I always look forward to the next one always a surprise!!

  5. Frances Hannah Miller

    The two best fights were in 3 and 4 but overall the best film was the original.Rocky. If they can put 3 and 4 fighting with the heart of the first Rocky they might have a great film

  6. Ramone DeCurta

    Sage Stallone died a few years ago. R.I.P.

    I would like to have seen a Rocky re-boot named after the title character "Mickey"…the great-great grandson of Rocky's late trainer, Micky Goldmill.

    It would have made more sense, because Rocky couldn't be more invested in seeing Micky succeed – in honor of his former trainer. Secondly, the internal conflict he would have faced by encouraging Micky to fight might have raised the stakes much higher. While Apollo Creed loved the ring, a part of Mickey might have hated it, which would have explained why Mickey spent much of his time trying to convince Rocky to retire. How would Mickey have felt about Rocky training his great-great grandson to be a fighter? Would Rocky hear Mickey's voice when Micky the 5th faced a seemingly invincible opponent?

    Lastly, Micky could have been white, and though many people would deny it, part of Eocky's appeal was his skin color…his ability to dominate a sport normally dominated by Black non-Hispanics, and Hispanics of all races.

    While "Creed" may be a great movie – this new character will likely have a friend's circle that includes the likes of Jay-Z, Warren Buffett, President Obama, Steve Ballmer, LeBron, Diddy, and Nicki Menaj – a story about a poor Irish/Italian from Boston named "Micky" would have been better!

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