Rocky IV Part II?
Obviously Chuck can’t take this lying down. I can’t help but think of Rocky IV, where Rocky Balboa goes to fight the pride of the Soviet Union, Ivan Drago. And like Drago, Putin has considerable combat training, including a black belt in judo. (Here’s a video clip from the DVD with the best title ever, Let’s Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin.)
Unlike Drago, Vladimir Putin is not a roid monster and has never beaten Carl Weathers to death. But as you can see in these images, both men employ the same Soviet supersoldier stretching techniques.
I can only hope that Chuck Norris is in a barn in Siberia right now, doing Pilates or running through the snow with a tree trunk on his back. Preferably with Survivor singing some kind of training montage song. That’s what it will take for an aging underdog fighter with a lowly eighth dan to defeat one of the most powerful men in the world. After that, maybe Putin can be the bad guy in The Expendables 3.