Biggest Unanswered Questions In The Rocky Franchise

There’s often a schoolyard mentality at work in the “Rocky” movies’ depiction of boxing: Rocky or Adonis face a bigger, meaner bully, win the match because their heart is bigger and/or more pure, and the opponent, now humbled, retreats to the shadows, never to be seen again. The ending of “Creed III,” in which Adonis comes out of retirement in order to defeat his childhood friend Dame and settle a decades-long beef — a beef that, honestly, Adonis is on the wrong side of — is a great example. After Adonis’ explosive last-second victory, the two men share a quiet moment of reconciliation in Dame’s dressing room. The beef is quashed, and Dame’s seemingly revenge-driven desire to become heavyweight champion is apparently over.

This may serve as potent drama, but a boxing ring isn’t a schoolyard; it’s an office. Dame, no matter what his motivations were, is now not just a professional boxer, but a former (albeit very brief) unified heavyweight champion of the world, having beaten José Benavidez’s Felix Chavez in a dirty, foul-ridden match earlier in the film. At the very least, a rematch between Adonis and Dame would be in consideration, or a rematch between Dame and Chavez. To its credit, the “Creed” series makes an effort to make its boxing landscape more realistic, with an elite collection of heavyweights — Adonis, Viktor Drago, Pretty Ricky Conlan (Tony Bellew) — circling each other over a period of years. If and when we see “Creed IV,” Dame might very well join their ranks.

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