- Rocky's hallucinations and flashbacks to the match in Russia in Rocky V; specifically, when his cut-up face suddenly runs drenched with blood.
- Ivan Drago, the one opponent so terrifying that Rocky has flashbacks to the beating Drago gave him in V.
- The first few minutes of the movie, taking place minutes after the climax of the last. You'd expect a jubilant scene, as Rocky has once again gained a hard-fought victory, but instead we see Balboa reduced to a terrified, blubbering mess, scared near out of his mind at how he may be so broken inside his own body has turned against him."I can't- I can't stop my hands from shakin'! I just wanna go home, Mick- I just wanna go home..."
Nightmare Fuel / Rocky V