• The title references the film Rocky IV in which Rocky Balboa takes on the Soviet fighter Ivan Drago.
  • The opening recap is a parody of Survivor.
  • Shirtless Vladimir Putin, as well as Peter and the guys, parody a series of photographs taken during a Siberian camping trip in 2009 as part of a publicity stunt to highlight Putin's macho image.[1]
  • The "octopus song" that Ringo refers to is "Octopuses's Garden", which was only the second song written by him for "The Beatles".
  • Putin refers to an incident in which baseball player George Brett defecated in his pants.[2]
  • Peter's response to Putin calling him a chicken mimics that of Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Parts II & III.
  • Donald Trump sends a text, "Hey I heard you were in town. You up for grabbing some <PUSSY>?", referring to the Access Hollywood tape, where he had stated that he would 'Grab 'em by the pussy'.
  • Putin states that he rigs all the U.S. presidential elections, referring to the 2016 election interference by Russia to aid then-candidate Donald Trump.[3]