The transcript below is from the video “Steven Seagal Vs. Jean-Claude Van Damme” by WatchMojo.com.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

JCVD and Seagal were once two of Hollywood’s most iconic action stars, appearing in a string of high octane action flicks throughout the 1980s and 90s. Today, these stars continue to battle for the public spotlight, despite having been relegated to B-movie status. Regardless, fans continue to debate which is the greater of the two.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

It’s the master versus the muscles from Brussels. Welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’ll be pitting Steven Seagal against Jean Claude Van Damme to see who is the greater action star.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

Round One: Legacy

In the first corner sporting a totally not gay ponytail is Steven Seagal. He has given us such romps as Under siege, Marked for death, Above the Law, Out for Justice and Hard to Kill. He’s famous for frequently playing a cop as well as rarely raising his voice.

In the other corner is Jean Claude Van Damme he’s appeared in such popular films as Bloodsport, Hard Target, Kickboxer, Double Impact, Universal Soldier and Timecop. He has also played cops but made it big playing underdogs in brutal fighting tournaments, over the years Van Damme has helped pull in over a billion at the box office almost doubling that of Seagal.

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

They have about the same amount of good and horrible movies under their belts and while we’d gladly love to award a tie going in Van Damme slightly edges out his opponent for having been a more bankable actor and having a cooler name.

Winner: Jean-Claude Van Damme

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

Round Two: Combat

Steven Seagal has a seventh Dan in Aikido, Jean-Claude Van Damme is proficient in Shakotan Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Taekwondo when it comes to the fight Steven Seagal has no issues playing dirty, the wrap a pool ball in a cloth and use it to knock your teeth out strike you with a broken pool cue, or just plain punch you in the junk. He’s all about trauma neutralizing his opponent and turning their physical strength into a weakness. Meanwhile Van Damme is focused on the kicks and likes to randomly drop into the splits during a heated exchange. Unfortunately, this Superior strength would be used against him by Seagal when the dust clears Seagal is still standing.

Winner: Steven Seagal

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

Round Three: Physique and Agility

A hulking man of six-foot-four Seagal has unfortunately become known in recent years for his ever-increasing circumference forgetting this and focusing on the earlier years, we can see that both actors make heavy use of stunt doubles. However, look at the way Seagal runs maybe some more stunt double action wouldn’t have been such a bad thing, overall Van Damme is slightly more agile and capable of incredible physical movements including his trademark 360° spin kick after all he did study ballet Unfortunately Seagal simply can’t keep up as he depends almost entirely on his arms and face to do the talking. Van Damme gets the point because he can do this. Tell me that doesn’t hurt to watch>

Winner: Jean-Claude Van Damme

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

Round Four: Screen Personas

Both of these actors are less than impressive when scenes require real acting. However, Seagal fills the void with his hardcore ego and his own brand of charisma this includes quite a bit of trash talking through a quite yet husky voice.
This led to him being hailed as the most gritty and realistic action star during his heyday on the other hand Van Damme comes off as a bit too polished and well-groomed despite having the mandatory foreign accent that the genre requires.

Winner: Steven Seagal

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

Round Five: Later Career and Comeback

These two men were both once very bankable actors now they’re either added attractions or headed direct to home video Seagal has adjusted to a calmer and more Buddhist lifestyle while teaching martial arts and working as a deputy sheriff in Louisiana when cast he takes smaller parts like playing the samurai sword wielding villain in Machete meanwhile Van Damme failed to enter the world of fashion with a line of denim clothing. However, he has starred in the well-received self-titled JCVD several Universal Soldier sequels provided the voice of Master Croc in Kung Fu Panda 2 and played the bad guy in The Expendables 2 Seagal may have a more interesting personal life, but Van Damme edges him out for staying slightly more relevant on cinema. Maybe we’re being overly optimistic but we sense a career comeback as Van Damme appears able to still perform those awesome spin kicks.

Winner: Jean-Claude Van Damme

WatchMojo.com (WatchMojo.com YouTube Channel – Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games – Narration by Rebecca/ WatchMojoLady):

Verdict: Sorry Steven Seagal fans while the Star wins in combat and Screen Persona, he’s left wincing in respect of Jean-Claude Van Damme who claimed the victory 3 to 2.

Did this verdict give you the blues did Van Damme deserve his last-minute Victory upset?




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