Rocky Balboa returns home to Philadelphia from his monster bout in Moscow. He quickly learns that he has suffered career-ending brain damage as a result of Russian boxer Ivan Drago’s fists of brick pounding his head repeatedly at the finale of the previous film. Rocky and his wife, Adrian, also discover they are broke, their fortune squandered in the stock market by an incompetent accountant who was recommended by Adrian’s screw-up brother, Paulie. Forced to move back to their working-class neighborhood, Rocky finds that his only asset is the run-down gym willed to him by Mickey (who appears in a variety of emotional flashbacks). Rocky turns down big money offered to him by Don King-like boxing promoter George Washington Duke and decides to become a trainer. Balboa finds a talented young buck named Tommy Gunn and trains him with all of his wonderful heart. While this is happening, Rocky’s son feels neglected and starts hanging out with a bad crowd and getting into fights. Rocky cannot compete with the high salaries and glittering prizes being offered by obnoxious Duke and the now arrogant Tommy turns his back on his mentor to sign a more lucrative deal. Tommy wins a bunch of matches, but the fans just aren’t digging him. Duke convinces Tommy that the only way to win the hearts of the fans is to prove his power by beating up his once mentor. Tommy Gunn finds Rocky hanging out at a local watering hole, and insists he step outside and fight him in the street. Just when you think Rocky won’t fight again due to tremendous amounts of brain damage, Rocky decides he needs to make a point and steps into the street to participate in an epically ridiculous street fight.