Ralph Macchio on the One Way ‘Cobra Kai’ May Never Call Back to ‘Karate Kid’

YouTube’s “Cobra Kai” is full of flashbacks and callbacks to “The Karate Kid.” There is one perfect piece of audio nostalgia that hasn’t been implemented into the sequel series yet — and star/executive producer Ralph Macchio tells TheWrap it may never be.

“‘The Best Around’ is the one piece that the three writers always toy with, and it’s the one place they feel — to this point, now, who knows seasons down the line — to this point, it has been parodied and used so much that it would take you actually out of the show,” Macchio told us of the All-Valley Karate Tournament anthem. “Like, it is the line in the sand of when the nostalgia or the Easter eggs or the callbacks could go too far and hurt the fabric of the show.”

It won’t hurt to remember the classic Joe Esposito ditty during the classic ’80s-movie montage below.

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