THE SEVENTH INSTALLMENT in the Rocky canon, Creed, comes out in November, but the first trailer drops this week. This exclusive shot from the set, with Sylvester Stallone's Rocky tutoring the son of Apollo Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan, raises the question of where the latest installment will fit among its predecessors. Assuming the original is the undisputed champ, here's how the contenders would stack up.
This is an article from the June 22, 2015 issue
Rocky vs. Rocky V
The final fight takes place in the street, not the ring. An apt metaphor for a movie that never rose to the level of its predecessors.
Rocky in a first-round KO.
Rocky vs. Rocky III
Mr. T was at his seething best, but that wasn't enough to challenge the champ. Prediction for the fight: plain.
Rocky by knockout in eight.
Rocky vs. Rocky IV
Thanks to Vladimir Putin this one has renewed meaning, but it's still pretty thin gruel. Ivan Drago, we must berate you.
Rocky by TKO in 10.
Rocky vs. Rocky II
Apollo promised no rematch, but this was the fight everyone saw coming with the ending everyone wanted.
Rocky by last-second KO in the 15th.
Rocky vs. Rocky Balboa
The champ comes full circle, now wiser and touched by loss. Stallone once again toggles between punch drunk and profound.
Rocky by split decision.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani thought that Jamaica, Uruguay's first opponent in the Copa América, was in Africa.