When it came to action movies in the ’80s, Sylvester Stallone never disappointed! As Rocky Balboa, he won the hearts of America defeating Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago. As John Rambo, he had us on the edge of our seats as he battled Sheriff Will Teasle in First Blood, rescued POWs in Vietnam in First Blood Part II, and battled an evil Soviet Army colonel in Afghanistan in Rambo III, and let’s not forget the badass characters he played in Cobra, Lock Up, and Tango & Cash.
In 1987, Stallone introduced us to a new character and sport that many fans had never seen outside of arm wrestling with their friends or relatives. Over the Top was released in 1987 and featured Stallone as Lincoln “Linc” Hawk, a truck driver who arm wrestles for extra cash. The movie focuses mainly on the relationship between Hawk and his estranged son Michael, and the final scene is a classic. It pits Hawk against Bob “Bull” Hurley in the World Armwrestling Championship in Las Vegas. In typical Stallone fashion, Hawk pulls off an unbelievable upset in front of his son.
Enjoy this look back at Sylvester Stallone as “Linc” Hawk in the final championship match from 1987’s Over the Top!