Dave Meltzer Reveals Which Wrestler Was Nearly Cast As Ivan Drago In Rocky IV

Dave Meltzer Reveals Which Wrestler Was Nearly Cast As Ivan Drago In Rocky IV

Dave Meltzer has unveiled a captivating behind-the-scenes revelation about the iconic film Rocky IV, disclosing that the late Kerry Von Erich was considered for the role of Ivan Drago in the blockbuster movie.

In a surprising revelation during a discussion about Rocky IV’s fictional Christmas Day boxing match, Dave Meltzer dropped a bombshell by sharing on X that Kerry Von Erich was in contention for the role opposite Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa.

Von Erich, known for his brief NWA championship reign in 1984, had a successful wrestling career before joining the WWE in 1990. Tragically, he left the promotion in 1992 and took his own life on February 18th, 1993, eventually posthumously entering the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

The details surrounding how close Von Erich came to securing the role remain unclear, but Meltzer’s revelation has sparked curiosity among fans and movie enthusiasts alike. The prospect of witnessing Von Erich’s athletic prowess and larger-than-life persona portraying the formidable Soviet boxer against Stallone’s iconic character adds an intriguing dimension to the film’s history.

Released in 1985, Rocky IV is hailed as one of the most beloved films in the Rocky franchise, with its climactic fight between Balboa and Drago fascinating audiences worldwide. The revelation of Kerry Von Erich’s potential involvement in the film introduces a compelling “what-if” scenario, leaving fans to ponder the alternate narrative that could have unfolded in this cinematic classic.

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