**8-2-07 UPDATE:**Well, after EVOWest, Mr.Wizard and EVO Staff decided to make a change to the big screen 2-man tournament event. Alex “Calipower” Valle was taken out of the equation and John “Choiboy” Choi was put in. That is, for EVO’s Saturday Night special big-screen event.
Noone that attended EVOWest can doubt Choi’s amazing skill level. He won ST and got 3rd(?) in CvS2. This is in comparison to Alex Valle, who achieved a tie for 7th in Third Strike.
Am I disappointed that Alex is out? Sure. But am I glad to see Choi vs Wong? Hell yes. Choi’s performance shows that even years later, and after multiple sabatticals, and never officially staging a “comeback” he still has it. In the Street Fighter documentary BANG THE MACHINE, those interviewed called him a real-life Ryu. Living for the challenge, and not for the accolades. When Alex was Michael Jordan, Choi was Magic Johnson (minus the AIDs). And whenever he touched SF, he was top two.
So good luck to Wong and Choi. Their match will still achieve all the hype that I hoped for, and still ask the question: who **IS **better? OG or YOUNGBLOOD?
There’s talk that the Alex vs Wong match can still occur in the BYOC. I don’t think that’s necessary. The hype, the hope, the question now rests on Choi and Wong.
If someone else wants to arrange Alex vs Wong, please post here. But otherwise, it won’t happen.
Thank you to everyone who followed this thread and posted and got hype. See you in Vegas.
So, first off, niether Justin “Marvelous” Wong or Alex “Calipower” Valle have agreed to this. This is basically my suggestion for the greatest Monet Match of all time, and hopefully if enough hype drums up, they’ll agree.
**EDIT: **Justin has agreed and said this, “yo lets bet this shit. Im down to play mr.og in these 5 games. I’ll put up a 100 right now and I know alot more ppl would back me on this”
Now we wait for Valle. If he agrees, I’ll move this to EVO forum.
EDIT: Valle has agreed and said this, “Practice Up “KID” =)”
I came into the Street Fighter scene in the mid nineties, and by the time Alpha 2 came out, I was at the arcade every weekend. And if anyone remembers those days, approximately 1996, then you remember that Alex Valle was the Michael Jordan of Fighting Games. Every turney result had his name in it, and the man dominated Alpha 2, Alpha 3 (Natinal Champion in 1998), Tekken Tag, ST, Second Impact, etc.
I was a huge fanboy. I must still have a softy spot for those days since here I am mentioning this thread. Anyway, so Alex Valle diappeared for a while and just recently reemerged last year (he even defeated Daigo in 3S at EVO2k6). For me and all the other 1996 fanboys, watching Alex return is reminiscent of that Street Fighter era when it was all about Rushing That Shit Down!
I’m not sure when Justin came into the scene. I never got to into Marvel2, but I just remember all the hype as the kid came out to Cali and beat Viscant, then Alex, then Duc to establish himself as Marvels’ Greatest. But in recent years things have changed. He has become the Alex Valle of now, and wins every turney he enters, or atleast top 3. I’m talking every game. Look at the recent Evo North results. Justin won in Alpha 2 *and *Alpha 3, even when facing off against his predecessors.
I think pound for pound, Justin is the best United States Street Fighter player. Possibly ever. He dominates CvS2, 3S, and of course the game that made him famous, Marvel.
So what I would like to see at EVO2k7 is the grandest Old vs New Money Match ever.
Alex “Calipower” Valle vs Justin “Marvelous” Wong.
Previous World Champion staging his comeback vs the New World Champion.
Does OG skill and SHGL tricks still work? Or is Justin too beyond the strategies of yesterday?
Now, this wouldn’t just be on *one *game. Oh no, that would be dull. And not just *two *games. Are you kidding. But across **five **games!
3/5 in Marvel vs Capcom 2, Alpha 2, Super Turbo, Capcom vs Snk 2 and Third Strike.
A true Street Fighter endurance match. Bigger than EC vs WC. Bigger than Darth Vader vs Darth Maul. Bigger than any other possible Street Fighter match. Both Kings of their era.
And remember, in the nineties, the previous “King of New York” Eddie Lee struggled to get out of Alex’s shadow. To surpass him. It never truly happend. But Eddie Lee spoke of the phenom child in New York who was greater than him. He spoke of Justin Wong.
Justin Wong is no longer a padawan. He is a Jedi Master. And now he can avenge Eddie Lee.
Or can he!?
If they agree, I have 50 on Alex.