Last weekend, as Ring of Honor was in town for the Best of the World TV tapings, brothers RUSH and Dragon Lee took some time out of their schedules to do something many tourists and locals of Philadelphia have done before them: climb the Rocky steps.
Ah, Philadelphia. The city takes its name from Greek origin, phileo, meaning “to love” and adelphos, meaning “brother.” Hence, Philadelphia’s nickname as the City of Brotherly Love.
— rush cmll (@rushtoroblanco) July 3, 2019
But Philadelphia is also known for some other things: cheesesteaks, Ben Franklin discovering electricity, the Liberty Bell, throwing snowballs at Santa, the creation of Monopoly and the Slinky, etc. Perhaps chief among Philadelphia’s nationwide fame (other than being the city where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed and agreed upon) and cultural significance, however, is being known for Rocky, one of the greatest underdog stories and cinematic sports heroes ever created.
One of the most iconic things one can do while in Philadelphia is ascend the art museum steps with the same vigor Rocky did while he trained for his fight. Atop the 72 stone steps used to sit a statue of Rocky, as portrayed by Sylvester Stallone, displaying his iconic pose. While the statue has since been moved to the bottom, allowing visitors to snap photos without doing the steps, the climb is still the main attraction.
ROH’s BITW tapings represented just the second time that RUSH and Dragon Lee have teamed up in the U.S. The first took place in February 2019 as they faced the Lucha Brothers (Pentagon and Fenix). Once again, Lee and RUSH took on a set of brothers, this time in the Briscoes (Jay and Mark Briscoe). A fitting match up for the City of Brotherly Love or in this case, to use a term coined by members of the New York media, “brotherly shove.” The 30-year-old RUSH and 24-year-old Lee, both known for their time in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, picked up the victory, which surprisingly enough, marked Rush’s first non-singles win in ROH. In one-on-one singles competition, the Mexican star is still undefeated and is overall still unpinned and unsubmitted.
In the midst of the wrestling action, RUSH and Lee made their way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to live out a dream. As RUSH noted in his tweet (see translation), the brothers watched the movie together and it was a great moment they could spend, climbing the steps. RUSH and Lee even had the proper soundtrack for the occasion as the iconic Rocky theme, used in the training montage that culminated in the climb in the movie, “Gonna Fly Now,” played in the background.
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