The cinema has a long tradition of iconic characters squaring off in an epic crossover battle. Frankenstein versus the Wolf Man. Batman versus Superman. Freddy versus Jason. Ecks versus Sever. The list goes on and on.

For decades, fans have imagined a similar showdown that would be tantalizing yet impossible: Rocky Balboa versus John Rambo. The reason it could never have happened — besides the fact that it would make very little sense — is that both were both played by Sylvester Stallone. But that is paradoxically the same reason fans dream about it. The characters are so similar; two unstoppable underdogs with the will to win no matter what. So what would happen if they squared off?

Apparently even Stallone himself has wondered about who would win this titanic hypothetical struggle. In a recent Instagram post, the guy who created Rocky and embodied Rambo onscreen laid out how he saw the fight playing out. If Rocky and Rambo squared off, Stallone thinks the winner would vary depending on the fight conditions and location.

Here was his rationale:

If the fighters [were] to remain upright Rocky would prevail. His body punches and Right Hooks Would eventually beat Rambo… If the fight goes to the ground , Rambo will prevail In a bloody brutal fight to the end. .. rethinking this scenario, I believe that upon initial contact, since they will not be in the rain but fighting outside, basically a street fight, the Rocky will land the first five or six blows. If that does not incapacitate Rambo, which I don’t think he will unless he’s caught clean, Rambo’s skill set will definitely be in full display, , Which means incredibly vicious assaults on the eyes, the throat, every vulnerable part of the body eventually leading to being pulled to the ground and most likely mauled… Then again Rocky is incredibly resilient and pretty good on the ground too !!!

Personally, my.pick is Rambo. He’s the guy with a bow and arrow. Rambo just has his fists. As everyone who has ever played Rock Paper Scissors knows, explosive arrows always beats boxing glove.

Regardless of who would win, Stallone added, “Final result is neither man will ever be the same.” Well sure. Imagine fighting a guy who looks and sounds exactly like you! That changes a man. Stallone’s full Instagram post is below:

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