Despite the linear style to Balrog I like to think that I play him tricky… Well, as tricky as a casual nub can…
There are quite a few advanced techniques that do not involve RU Loops.
Here’s but a few.
Some players are actually capable of crossing up using JLK - He has no TRUE crossup so it may be range or character specific, but people are aware of it here on the forums and it does get used.
Referring to above crossup, I actually managed to 100% crossup a Bison using JRH - The reasons how or why are unknown, but it happened, so it’s quite possible this could be replicated if someone was willing to test in the training room. The Bison was stand-blocking and didn’t execute any moves, so there’s no fancy reasons.
Balrog can dash under FA Crumple airborne recovery in the corner on most of the cast. Example, if you happen to land a crumple in or near the corner, you can wait then throw out a delayed CMK to hit them into airbourne recovery, forward dash under them and this effectively works as a ‘dash under’ crossup. If they block incorrectly, you land a free combo from the other side.
You can force stand with CSMP - As far as I’m aware, if used to blow up crouch-techs or done meaty, you land yourself a free standing JAB combo of your choice (Someone will need to re-explain / confirm this, I’m unsure if it works against late techs etc).
Thanks to my experimentation in the training room about 1-2 months ago it was decided that Balrog has a great benefit from late-charging on L3 Focus attacks - In short any charge character can start charging a move at the extreme end of a Focus Attack (When it becomes uncancellable) - If you input a dash at that point, you wont dash during the FA but only after it connects (If it connects at all) - This led me to having a lot of fun using L3FA’s into fully charged moves. This isn’t very viable in actual proper fights as landing an L3 FA is often only going to happen against either braindead players, or people in dizzy, but it can have fun results and some pretty slick looking combo’s if you want to be fancy. It also makes it EXTREMELY EASY for even beginners (If capable of landing an L3 FA) to perform dash Ultra/Super or any Dash Move, including a downcharged headbutt… Ever see Balrog forward dash into a headbutt? Looks fucked up, but extremely easy. Only thing that looks sillier is a Crumple Forward Dash Overhead Standing Jab Headbutt Ultra. Can see what Im talking about at the 1:55 mark.
Relating to above point, you can headbutt off a few of his standing normals. You can headbutt from standing jab, standing lk, close.standing forward (Which actually hits harder than the common CMP Headbutt punish).
In short, Balrog may be straightforward and linear but there’s no doubt about it - He requires just as much learning as the majority of the cast - This is what I love about him - How everyone believes Balrog is a boring, linear straightforward bruiser and yet we’re still disecting him and finding new tricks to add to his kit.
Ironically this doesn’t change the fact that it’s generally more beneficial to play a defensive tank Balrog over a rushdown in most cases - But that doesn’t mean the Rogster can’t be an absolute wrecking ball in rush-down.
He’s just too much fun.