You should be thankful for a player who is stronger than you who is willing to play you at his fullest potential. That is the only reason why I got to an acceptable level at so many of them old fighting games on ggpo. Every room I got too there was always at least one player who was way stronger than me who was willing to go all out on me and thus force me to adapt and learn how to focus.
ST: DJ Sylenth
LB2: Asuka Langley
Garou: Spelunker and Subeteokoesimono
Jojo Bizarre adventure : cane77 for the most part. Sometimes ZAKO. Access kept me wanting to beat his S.Dio
Alpha2: randomdps years ago/Retranca recently
3s: Don’t really have one but Denjizz kept me interested in the game.
kof98 had too many short term rivals and mvc1 I just don’t remember.
I name them cause I am thankful to them and will not forget them.
I don’t feel as if I deserved to have such players ( relatively stronger than me for the most part ) help me level up, because although I like to help other players improve by giving them tips if I can, I tend to just stop playing anyone whom I can easily streak 5 games, which is very selfish. But it is because I always have this mentality that I should only play stronger players to help push my limits, forgetting that I should at least try to help the weaker players as well.
If you can only enjoy yourself when you fight people at your level or weaker players, then I feel as if fighting games is not for you.