This won’t be the only time you hear this, but so much of Rocky III is a cartoon—but that doesn't take away one bit from its awesomeness. Inspired by Muhammad Ali’s 1976 fight with Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki (which was, admittedly, a borefest), the film pit Rocky against Hulk Hogan (at the height of his wrestling popularity) as Thunderlips. Although the bout was supposed to be nothing more than a charity event, Thunderlips is intent on giving the audience a show (“That’s the name of the game,” he says after the theatrics are over). Now, besides the fact that Rocky should have been crippled from the beating he takes, it’s actually pretty shocking when Thunderlips tosses him out of the ring. But shock gives way to an adrenaline rush when Rocky has Paulie cut off his gloves, he climbs back into the ring and takes control, pummeling Thunderlips, putting him into a choke hold that brings the (relative) giant to his knees, and then throwing him out of the ring.
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