The Contender would’ve been a half decent show had Sly Stallone not ruined it. Firstly, the show constantly tried to portray him as a boxer. Sly, you’re an actor! Rocky was a boxer, but, um, Rocky was a fictional character. Secondly, Sly constantly tried to create drama that simply didn’t exist. A tiny cut was always desribed as “blood pouring out of his eye.” Thirdly, he must’ve said “there has to be a rematch” more than ten times during the final fight. C’mon, Sly, we’re not dumb. It’s obvious you’ve been planning the Contender Rematch series for quite some time. You were talking rematch in the 2nd round when the fighters were still feeling each other out.
I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever be able to watch Rocky again.
I haven’t been this upset since the first time I saw the Tony Danza talk show.