Many many years ago, Tomo Ohira ruled Southern California as the top street fighter player in the nation. He won over 100 tournaments from SF2 World Warrior to Hyper Fighting. Tomo was featured in videos and magazines the nation over.
Tomo would soon discover the intriguing world of girls, cars and deejaying. Therefore Tomo vanished from the Street Fighter Community. When this happened, it was Tomo’s young friend and rival who was ready to begin his era of Street Fighter dominance. This young teen was Mike Watson.
Since then, Mike has carved his legacy in the Street Fighter world. Mike has won National Titles, been featured in Game Pro, Tips n Tricks, and the Versus Alpha Guides. Mike was a member of Team USA that travelled to Japan in the documentary Bang The Machine.
Alex “Calipower” Valle even credits Watson, saying it was Watson who who was influential in “breeding” his skills.
Mike has never stopped dominating. And after all these years, after all the accolades and awards, Mike still looks fondly back to his time with Tomo. The time when they battled it out in masterful Hyper Fighting Ryu mirror matches.
Daigo Umehara aka The Beast. As Kuni says, “God in form.” Daigo is arguably the most famous Street Fighter player in the world. He first came to the American eye when he won the National Alpha 3 Tournament in Japan, and later cementing his legacy by defeating Alex Valle to claim the title of A3 World Champion. He is only one of two people on the planet to have won two different games at EVO in the same year (the other being John Choi).
Daigo is consistently in the Japanese SF scene. He flew from Japan to the National Gamestop SFIV Exhibition and defeated Justin Wong, Poongko and Iyo. He is an expert in Alpha 3, CvS 2, Third Strike, SFIV and everyone’s favorite Old Man’s Game: Super Turbo.
Daigo’s Ryu in ST is godlike. In his hands, Ryu is precise and possesses the divine Ume-shoryu. All his peers recognize his skills. Daigo is truly “God in form.”
Now, the question is: through *all *the Capcom games, which incarnation of Ryu is the strongest? It boils down to 2: Hyper Fighting Ryu or Super Turbo Ryu?
At EVO, we’ll get our answer!!
In a First to 7 set, Watson will play Hyper Fighting Ryu and Daigo will play ST Ryu in a no-holds-barred Ryu master battle. This will be on Anniversary Edition. The winner gets bragging rights and the Golden Ryu Trophy.
Since schedules are all tentative with the enormous SFIV Turney, the plan is to do this Friday night. Keep your eyes peeled in the BYOC area, and prepare yourself. This is going to be a master class in Shoto.
See you all in Vegas!