“I’d like to see Jun in whatever update Capcom gives SFxT since Dawgtanian mentioned that’s still in the cards. Asuka could remain the 50/50 character (Heihachi) while Jun could be the “footsie” Kazama a la Kazuya or Jin. Also while I’m a big Kaz/Jun shipper, I have a partialness to Lee/Jun as well, and would hope that Lee is Jun’s partner in an SFxT update.”
For the first time since my anime con hustling days, I’ve won tournament money in my main game (last time I won tournament money was in 2011 when I got 3rd at a mystery game tournament in Cincy).
Entering River City Runbacks, I was concerned that the sloppiness that had been plaguing my execution and decision making would be the death of me, but I was blessed with a bracket that started off completely free and gradually became more challenging as I advanced further, giving me the warm-up I needed to make a strong run. I didn’t drop a game until I ran into Rugal B., who beat me in Winner’s Finals 3-2. That one came down to the final round, but I knew if I was going to take him out, it had to have been there. He was DL’ing me faster than I could adjust, and by the time I realized what he had caught onto, it was too late (FYI, it was his Sagat TU’ing me every time I did a Bison backdash to get out of jump-in pressure.)
I went Bison/Hei most of the tournament, but in Loser’s Finals I had Gunz who was rocking people with Jin/Nina. Being that Bison would get blown up bad if Nina stated her shenanigans, and both characters would DESTROY any attempted I made to Stomp or DR, I went with my old mainstay Sagat/Hei. IIt took me forever, but I’ve finally become used to using a spaced s.lk > s.mk for safe confirms into Cross Rush. Thanks to that, as well as some fireball pressure and a few step kicks, I was able to get Heihachi in safely to play clean-up, and get a hard-earned 3-0 victory. Gunz is one of the best at Xanadu, and won the Killer Instinct tournament later in the day, so that for sure is a big deal.
Rugal beat me 3-1 in Grand Final, which was not nearly as hype as Winner’s Finals, but he told me throughout the tournament that I was noticably better than where I was last June when I wandered into Xanadu. We had some great discussions about balancing and tools for SFxT, like saying that Sagat would be better if fireballs recovered a bit faster, since he stretches his arms out so far that he can be jump punished by some characters almost 3/4 screen away. We talked about what kind of updates Capcom could make, both balance and character wise, and he told me what I could improve upon.
Whatever the people on the IRC see when I play them, I wasn’t exhibiting at the tournament, probably because I had been blown up so many times that I was wise not to get reckless. I wasn’t reversing on wakeup, I wasn’t jumping in predictably, I wasn’t getting whiffed punished to hell. Rugal was the only person I dropped games to, and that was because he was just better. I’m looking forward to running it back at Final Round, as that’s going to be my next major unless there’s another local tournament in between now and then.
The gap is finally closing. I’ve gone from smashing tables in 0-2 saltstorms to commentating Capcom=sponsored tournaments and getting some fight money. I was focused, I was calm, and I was collected. The cold rush of tournament nerves were completely absent and I felt like, at that time, I could beat anyone there. That, I think, is what strong tournaments runs are made of.
The absolute best moment came when some random stranger pointed to me and said, “THIS MAN…is the reason why SFxT lives in RVA!” Tekken Tag 2 got cancelled, DOA5U got cancelled, but SFxT lived on. And it shall continue to live on as long as I’ve got runbacks to fulfill, and hype gems to distribute.
WWWF Championship: Bruno Sammartino Vs. Ivan Koloff Live at Madison Square Garden - January 18th, 1971
A lot of people are familiar with the 2,800+ day reign of Bruno Sammartino as the WWWF Champion. What many don’t know, however, is who Bruno lost the championship to. The man who finally ended the longest reign in history was Ivan Koloff, a man known as The Russian Bear. Koloff was the kind of heel that WWWF fans didn’t immediately take seriously, as it seemed Bruno as the champion was something that was set in stone, but once Koloff got the win, there was no turning back, as everyone then realized what a wrestler he was.
One of the YouTube comments below this video puts it into perspective:
I was there that night. The audio and crowd noise in this video is dubbed in. That is not what it sounded like. When the match ended, the crowd was in stunned silence. The quiet (even continuing into the next match) was surreal. Nobody could believe what they just saw.
Koloff held the WWWF Championship for 21 days, essentially the reign of a transitional champion as the company were set to go with Pedro Morales as their new champion, but didn’t want to have Bruno lose it to a good guy. Despite this, the fact that Koloff defeated the beloved champion for the gold, even if just for 3 weeks, made him a despised heel. Despite losing the title, Koloff remained a top contender for the title, facing off against the other 4 of the first 5 champions (Sammartino, Morales, Billy Graham, and Stan Stasiak) on several occasions.
YES! Koloff was awesome, you should see this guy’s Diving Knee Drop in the match he dropped it to Pedro (should be on the History of the WWE Championship DVD). Dude was like 320 pounds and got great hang time on that knee, landed perfectly and got right back up.
The irony that you couldn’t make this movie today, despite the fact that it’s one of the most anti-racist movies ever made, makes me wonder what other ideas we pass over because we don’t like the delivery.