Description: This time, defending champion and rock aficianado Tairyu Katashi takes on Johnny Cage and his repertoire of boy band ballads to serenade the fans and see who is the best vocal talent - through martial combat! Voice and violence collide as our karaoke competition continues!
"ROCK YOUR BODY!"
Is this Electric Serenade really about to go down? Right here at the Electric Fountain?!
"JOHNNY CAGE IS BACK! ALRIGHT!"
The ever-so-popular pop boy band-y sound comes blaring through whatever sound system that the SNF Staff has set up. Maybe it has everything to do with the giant concert stage that has been erected in the middle of the Electric Fountain!
And it becomes even more electric as the shiny jacketed superstar that everybody should know and should love, JOHNNY CAGE, explodes from beneath the stage in a shower of bright pyrotechnics. There's even a huge spotlight that drops to meet him and he spins around in the center of the stage before a microphone is launched at him from somewhere off stage. Johnny snatches it out of the air and likely spins around to face one of the cameras that are recording this for SNF prosperity. The music cuts and Johnny Cage reaches up to peel down his sunglasses for just a moment. Mostly to make the hotties in the audience scream.
"Guess who just brought sexy back?" Wink.
Annnnnnd cue the screams.
Of course things like this keep happening. The relationship between the SNF managers and a certain japanese man from Southtown is... one-sided, at best.
But fates always seem to come together somehow, to bring the man in front of these cameras, wether he likes it or not. And the brief moment of fame he had in a certain karaoke contest that devolved into a cage match has come knocking on his door all over again.
And it all has lead down to here all over again. The stage might be in a different part of the world, with different frills and frames -- but in the end, it's all familiar.
And so, the approach of the other contender of the night may not come with the same bombastic show. But it comes with a significant punctuation.
A stomp of a foot on the floor of the stage, sharp and powerful enough to send a shockwave of a sound through the arena, loud enough to cut through the screams from the audience.
"They expecting us to be singing in the middle of everything now?"
The voice comes from the same direction as the stomp -- from the japanese man in a two-piece black suit and a maroon dress shirt, stalking in an all-too-casual stride towards Cage with one hand stuck inside a pocket.
Tairyu's tongue clicks against the roof of his mouth when he comes to a stop, just a few paces away from the american. "I'm not exactly one for fashion shows like this, you know?"
"Don't worry about it. I'll be the Razzle /and/ the Dazzle."
Johnny Cage takes this exact moment to toss his microphone back off the stage and into the hands of whatever SNF person may be lingering around. This is also the same moment that he peels himself out of his jacket to show off the JOHNNY tattoo across his chest. He's always got to make a show out of everything. There's a moment where he tosses the shimmering jacket off the stage for some of the ladies in the crowd to battle over.
"You can be the Pizz-Ass that I'm about to kick."
Johnny Cage plasters on his witty banter portion of the fight smile and reaches up to straighten out his sunglasses.
"When this is over? You're gonna' be singin' Soprano."
That line leads Johnny Cage into his fighting stance because... "It's Showtime."
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage has started a fight here.
Johnny Cage 0/-------/-------|
The look the japanese man gives Johnny is... an entirely blank one. It lasts for a few seconds, punctuated with a few blinks before he deadpans out a single word.
An exasperated sigh leaves Tairyu's lips with that, and he shakes his head. "The kind of nonsense they put up these days..." he mutters, largely to himself -- before his sharp eyes fixate on Cage all over again.
"Very well." The hand in his pocket slowly draws itself out. "Show me, then."
In an instant, he's suddenly not standing there anymore. In a blink of an eye, ducked down to a lowered posture and set to crossing the distance to the american, briefly below his line of sight.
But as he closes in, he's winding one arm back, hand held palm open -- and his body springs up in a sudden burst of motion that serves to drive that open palm up in a nearly directly-vertical path for the underside of Johnny's chin!
COMBATSYS: Tairyu has joined the fight here.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0 Tairyu
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage counters Rising Claw from Tairyu with Mime Time.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0 Tairyu
Johnny Cage finds himself trapped. Trapped in a box. An invisible box that not a single person can see. Not even himself. This box gets punched on from the inside as Tairyu comes at him but Johnny can barely find a way out of the box. Johnny's even trying to scream at this moment but there's no sound the comes forth from his lips.
It's not until Tairyu's rising claw shatters the invisible box around him that Johnny Cage has a moment to reach out and slap that open palm away from the path headed towards his chin.
JOHNNY CAGE: Thanks! It's about mime you got me outta' there.
Johnny offers a quick wink toward the nearest camera before reaching to yank Tairyu in for a swift sock to the face!
JOHNNY CAGE: Ready for your close-up?
Johnny raises Tairyu overhead for a sudden hurling across the stage!
The viciously-shoved palm thrust aside leaves a great old hole in Tairyu's defense. A hole that Johnny's fist plows right through and into the side of the man's face.
A blow that in turn leaves him open to be leveraged, with his own momentum, over the superstar. Hurling over the air, he lands onto his back with a bounce. Though, granted, it is a bounce that immediately turns into a roll around, guiding his feet to bracing on the ground all over again and rising up in another sudden burst of motion. But it doesn't come with a rising blow this time around.
Instead, Tairyu keeps himself in a briefly lowered posture, sending a quick, no-frills hook for Johnny's side in a probing blow before making to step back again to regrow the distance a measure or so.
COMBATSYS: Tairyu successfully hits Johnny Cage with Medium Punch.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0 Tairyu
INSERT: TAIRYU'S FIST
Tairyu's fist moves with the speed and striking precision of a man that will not be taking any prisoners. The knuckles collide with Johnny's side, buckling him out of his smiling stance and making the Hollywood Hunk grab beneath his ribs as he stumbles away.
JOHNNY CAGE: Okay. That one's gonna' cost you, pal.
Johnny Cage winces through the pain as he reaches behind him and comes out with a camera. Slightly old school but in one of those hipster retro styles.
JOHNNY CAGE: SAY CHEESE!
Johnny Cage takes a moment to splash the flash on that camera to see if he can't brighten up Tairyu's day. And maybe blind 'em for a second or two.
COMBATSYS: Tairyu blocks Johnny Cage's Say Cheese.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/---====|=====--\-------\0 Tairyu
Straightened up the rest of the way after bringing the hook in, Tairyu's arms are brought up, body bouncing and weaving lightly there in place in a boxer's stance.
But the camera's unexpected. He actually blinks in surprise at the sight of it. "Eh?"
But apparently not with enough surprise to stop him from drawing one arm up quickly to shield his arms when the flash comes.
"Who uses a--?!"
He doesn't let himself even finish that exasperated question before he's ducking low again and weaving himself to the opposing side of the arm he used to shield his eyes from the light. Feet guiding his form sweeping to the side and along the other man's perimeter, rebounging back to the opposite side briefly to bring in another quick, fierce hook before he continues his circling around Cage.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage counters Sweeping Strike from Tairyu with Sweep The Leg.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/------=|=======\-------\1 Tairyu
Johnny Cage tosses the camera over his shoulder the moment the flash is done and he's already backpedaling to give himself some room. He must've been hoping for a full on flashbang effect but he'll take what he can get.
JOHNNY CAGE: Nothin' beats the classics, pal.
Johnny Cage manages to get that quip out before he catches sight of Tairyu's movements. They're quick and weaving and Johnny can't possibly keep up with them all. Instead, he decided to take his opponent off his feet!
JOHNNY CAGE: Don't worry...
Johnny drops low and extends his legs out one after another, aiming for a Tairyu's own legs to catch and sweep him right down to the stage beneath both of them.
JOHNNY CAGE: We'll get you a body bag!
* * POP-UP SNF: Johnny Cage's 'Sweep The Leg' move is an homage to the climactic final scene in 1984's The Karate Kid. * *
Johnny Cage rolls up to his feet and hops backward to put some distance between himself and Tairyu after that. Gotta' stay on the defensive with this one.
That's way more sweeping than Tairyu had intended.
Legs, previously in motion, end up tangled with those of Johnny Cage's sweeping ones, and in a very unpleasant swing of motion, the man's sent right down over to the ground--
The rebound from the fall is much less graceful this time, on accoutn of his limbs having much less freedom to move this time around. But once the actor's legs draw back, he pushes himself to rolling the opposite way from Cage's own retreat before he pushes himself to one knee, and boucning up the rest of the way from there.
"...Not bad," he concedes, before spitting a glob of red-tinted saliva down to the ground. He doesn't make a rush for his opponent this time around, instead stepping himself to the side. Taking to a steady stalk around the other man while his hands tug at the lapels of his jacket to straighten it up.
COMBATSYS: Tairyu gains composure.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/------=|=======\-------\0 Tairyu
JOHNNY CAGE: I know, right?
Johnny takes this moment to brush his shoulders off as if he's been going ham this entire time. Maybe he has been. Maybe he's just been playing it a little safe. Or maybe he just ended up with some dirt on his shoulder from being so low to the stage like that. Either way, he has to make this look like it's a cakewalk.
For the fans.
JOHNNY CAGE: Let's see if you're ready for my Fists of Fury! WAH-CHA!
Johnny dives towards Tairyu in the next moment, fists flying with a sudden rush of speed and aiming a collective of quick jabs for his jacket straightening opponent!
COMBATSYS: Tairyu counters Rapid Jabs from Johnny Cage with Dragon's Tail.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/----===|=======\-------\1 Tairyu
The stalking Tairyu seems all-too-open to the incoming assault of rapid-fire fists. Even more so when his eyes close and he takes in a slow, steadying breath--
Only to suddenly snap into a sideward half-step to the left, with his left hand sweeping to smack into the outer side of Cage's punching arm. Right foot sweeps back to send himself into a wide turn, using the motion to tug at the caught arm to send the man off-balance while he continues his own spinning turn.
And when Cage stumbles past him, he uses his continuing spin to send the backside of his right fist into the back of the actor's head. The quick spin ending only after he's been brought back to facing his opponent all over again.
"Words can only hold so much meaning, Cage-san," he rumbles, with a distance-growing step back. "Don't put all your energy into them."
INSERT: JOHNNY CAGE'S FEET
Johnny Cage can't stop the countering actions of Tairyu fast enough. In fact, he doesn't even see them coming until he's already been yanked and stumbling forward in such a manner as to suggest that he's clearly off more than his balance now.
JOHNNY CAGE: What the--?!
INSERT: TAIRYU'S FIST
It slams into the back of Cage's skull and the actor goes sailing forward, off his feet...
Johnny Cage lifts his face up from the stage and gives it a shake to try and get some bit of feeling back into it.
JOHNNY CAGE: Ow.
Cage rolls to the side and back up to his feet.
JOHNNY CAGE: First of all, what the hell is a Cage-san?
Johnny quips and smirks before he swivels on his back heels, bringing one of his legs up in a dramatic showing of signature move lead-up!
JOHNNY CAGE: And secondly...
Johnny Cage lunges forward with a speeding dash, his body glowing and leaving a trail of himself behind as he aims his most stylish and well-known kick for Tairyu!
JOHNNY CAGE: K.
Johnny Cage taking a page out of his cousin's book for that witty banter piece right there!
COMBATSYS: Tairyu blocks Johnny Cage's Shadow Kick EX.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/----===|=======\=------\1 Tairyu
There it comes. Tairyu's eyes narrow at the incoming, lightning-fast kick that crosses across the stage.
He doesn't try to get out of the way. His feet plant down onto the ground, turning slightly to one side to face more of his side towards the incoming actor than his front. In an instant, his outward-facing arm sweeps up, with his other hand bracing against it when Johnny's foot collides with it with a mighty sound echoing out from the physical impact.
Feet skid backwards along the ground from the force of it, and the instant his opponent's foot rebounds off of him, he boucnes back away, too.
But that's not all he does.
A mass of blue-hot flames spirals around the Yakuza's left arm -- before taking the form of, of all things, a dragon. An eastern dragon, coiled around that limb, it's head taking form by his open palm as it's jaws open...
And spew a gout of flames at Johnny.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage negates Dragon's Breath from Tairyu with Throwing Shades.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/---====|=======\==-----\1 Tairyu
JOHNNY CAGE: How the--?!
This response is becoming a bit of a habit when it comes to Johnny Cage and this here fight. He frowns as his foot rebounds off Tairyu's defenses and drops that foot back down to the floor. He can't even be mad, though and even offers a nod of impressed respect. Or something close to it.
CLOSE-UP: JOHNNY CAGE'S SHADES
The eyebrows above the mirrored sunglasses he's wearing raise. In those mirrored lenses the spiraling flames can be seen forming into that eastern dragon shape. As that dragon of flames opens wide, Johnny Cage only has a moment to react.
And react he does.
WIDE SHOT: Johnny Cage steps back and snatches off his shades. In that same movement, he hurls them at the flames, the mirrored lenses reflecting the shape of that dragon's breath as those shades make their way to their fiery death.
Johnny Cage reaching onto his pants, yanking off another pair of shades, flicking them open and sliding them onto his face with a cocky grin.
The more directed gout of flames turns into a brief wall of fire from the... rather bizarre method of deflecting the heat of it all, before it all dissipates. For a second or so, the space between the two fighters is flooded with smoke.
But then, the smoke's swept aside by Tairyu himself leaping through it and coming to skidding along besides Johnny.
Another quick step continues carrying his momentum past the man before he stamps one foot on the ground and turns his body over, to a spinning back kick aimed for his opponent's spine.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage just-defends Tairyu's Improvised Kick!
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/---====|=======\==-----\1 Tairyu
JOHNNY CAGE: Hello there.
Johnny Cage gets his Obi-Wan on when Tairyu leaps through the smoke and shows up next to him. Cage even has time to bring his hand up and wiggle his fingers as some sort of patronizing greeting. It all happens pretty fast, though, as he has to spin in the opposite direction of Tairyu's latest attack so that he can get his arms up and save his spine.
JOHNNY CAGE: Hey, nice shoes, man. Are these off the rack or do you have a guy or what?
Cage is all about letting his words do the distractionary tactic for him as he swivels inward past Tairyu's leg and aims a stiff kick at his opponent's chest. Maybe just to show off his own CageWear(tm) sneakers!
COMBATSYS: Tairyu counters Front Kick from Johnny Cage with Dragon's Clutch.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/=======|=======\===----\1 Tairyu
The Yakuza's kicking foot rebounds off of the defending arms and sweeps right back down in a smooth pull that steadies Tairyu in his stance all over again.
Just in time, too. Apparently the taunting doesn't do much for Tairyu, either, for he's quick to respond to the impending kick. A reaching hand takes hold to tug at Cage's thigh in the instant it starts rising, giving him the room to slide right around the outer side of it.
And forward. His free arm reaches to grab at the back of Johnny's shoulder in the instant his grasping hand lets go -- and he all but pulls the man into the fist that forms up and slams against his gut.
"For the record," he grunts. "They're tailored."
JOHNNY CAGE: (pained) Very nice.
The pain in Johnny Cage's voice and face are all evident and very much trace-able to the fact that he's just been gutpunched to the depths of hell and managed to survive. His eyes are narrowed even as his head nods along with his statement. From this doubled over perspective, he can see those shoes again. Which just affirms how much he likes them.
There's a stumble backward, trying to get some space between himself and Tairyu since his distractionary tactics are not working as well as he originally hoped.
JOHNNY CAGE: When this is over, let's exchange tailors. You should rock some CageKicks.
Either he's stalling or he's just trying to give himself a moment to find his footing again. At least, mentally. This fight's a little harder than he originally thought...
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage checks his pager.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/-======|=======\===----\1 Tairyu
Tairyu's hold on the actor's shoulder might slip -- but when he starts backing up, he's quick to follow right after him. This one doesn't seem to intend to let up, anymore.
Feet kick the Yakuza into flying through the air to cross the distance to the man, with a foot snapping up alongside with his own ascent.
And aimed right for the actor's chest, propelled towards it by the dive through the air, his open jacket flapped up in the air behind him!
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage blocks Tairyu's Diving Kick.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/=======|=======\====---\1 Tairyu
JOHNNY CAGE: Argh!
INSERT: TAIRYU'S FOOT
Johnny Cage's chest is damn near caved in by the sudden arrival of Tairyu's tailored shoe! It connects, something CRACKs deep within and the Superstar goes stumbling backward and across the stage. He even makes it a point to raise a hand back up towards Tairyu when he gets a second. His finger is just haphazardly pointing at his opponent.
JOHNNY CAGE: Nice... ow... jacket flappin', bro.
Never let it be said that Johnny Cage is not one to recognize talent. Just, uh, not when it comes to fighting apparently.
Johnny moves as quick as he can, which by now isn't as quick as he was moving when all this started, to get himself into a position to reach out for Tairyu's stylish jacket, perhaps even hoping to catch it during one if its flapping sessions! He just goes for the tug and pull so that he can twist in towards his opponent and give him the ol' heave-ho over his shoulder!
COMBATSYS: Tairyu counters Strong Throw from Johnny Cage with Tiger Drop ES.
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Johnny Cage 1/-======/=======|=------\-------\0 Tairyu
Tairyu's feet land easily on the ground after the leaping kick, and he takes the opportunity while Johnny is down to stretch his neck some with side-to-side leans of his head.
"You're not done yet," he calls after him, with slight bounces on his feet. "Come on."
And come at him the actor does. Tairyu's sharp gaze maintains itself right on him while he's at it. Watching as he closes in and reaches to grab at him--
And in an instant, Johnny won't feel that jacket in his reach anymore.
In barely a blink of an eye and with a sudden flash of blue fire, Tairyu has not only dropped down onto one knee -- but launched his flame-wreathed fist into his opponent with such speed and force that all sound seems to briefly disappear.
The violent sound of the sound barrier breaking echoes through the arena with that blow impacting with Johnny Cage with enough force to send a man flying.
SFX: SLOW MOTION
Johnny Cage can't even get another one of his quips out. If he does try to say something, the sound is enveloped in the soundlessness that has overtaken the entire stage. Johnny can barely even begin to think about trying to mount a defense when Tairyu's flaming fist comes tearing at him like there's nothing else in the world but destroying his mind, body, and soul.
The impact rocks Johnny Cage, the stage, the cameras nearby and everything behind him. Johnny's body is launched up and off the ground, sending him sailing end over end and crashing through the opposite end of the stage. The wood and metal shatters and splinters around the body of the superstar.
Johnny's buried beneath the rubble for a long time.
Johnny's fist explodes out of the pile and it is followed by his other one. Johnny drags himself out of the rubble and back up onto what's left of the stage. He barely stands, but he stands, and reaches up to straighten up the cracked sunglasses that are still on his face. When he does so, there's a glint of brass that shows up when he does.
JOHNNY CAGE: (Balboa-Voice) Hey! Hey! I ain't hear no bell!
Johnny Cage clangs his fists together, showing off that he's rocking C-A-G-E knuckles on both hands.
JOHNNY CAGE: One more round.
Johnny grins through a bruised and bloodied face and then he's launched across the stage at a vicious and triumphant speed. Hands are reared back to begin the torrential application of fists to Tairyu's face in a violent series of hooks, jabs, uppercuts and whatever the hell else he can throw at the Tailored Tairyu!
COMBATSYS: Tairyu blocks Johnny Cage's Say Uncle EX.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0 Tairyu
After the explosive punch, Tairyu straightens himself out, brushing his hand briefly along the side of his jacket to scuff some gathered dust off there.
He watches the actor there amidst the rubble -- and then draws one dark brow upwards slightly when he sees him rising up.
He does look a bit satisfied by the fact that he's not quite done yet. Even if he does come up at him with brass knuckles.
Arms come up quickly with that to shield his face. Body weaving from side to side in an effort to at least try to evade the blows proper, but in the end most of them collide with those blocking arms. Pummeling into them, more than likely causing some bruising.
Up until he suddenly sweeps those arms outwards in an effort to knock Johnny's own fists away -- only to sweep right back in again to grab for the sides of the actor's skull.
And cue his own head swinging in, aiming to smash his forehead into Cage's face!
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage interrupts Headbutt Grab from Tairyu with Nut Punch.
- Power hit! -
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COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage can no longer fight.
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INSERT: JOHNNY'S FACE
It doesn't take him long to realize that he's in trouble. Johnny Cage has already been rocked viciously and he's barely on his feet. Launching this tirade of punches has taken a lot out of him but not as much as the collision of Tairyu's head smashing into his face. There's blood. There's crunching. And worst of all, there's the smashing of his shades.
Johnny starts to lose consciousness as he drops thanks to the obliteration of his facial structure. Cage falls but manages to drop himself into his classic split. He only has one movement left, aiming his fist to obliterate his opponent's nuts. It's probably the move that SNFans have been waiting for but it's so late in the game.
Johnny Cage doesn't actually know if he hits or not. All that really matters is that he gives it a shot. His body collapses in that next moment and that's about all she wrote for Mr. Hollywood.
Tairyu's hands let go the instant his forehead has collided with the bridge of Johnny's nose. He has to take a steadying breath right after even while the actor is falling down...
And clearly he did not quite expect the man to manage a hit from down below after slumping down like that. Or at least he didn't expect him to fall into a *split* rather than straight up fall over.
It's a costly mistake, that one.
Tough as Tairyu might be, certain parts of a man just can't be conditioned as well, and the evidence of it comes in the form of the Yakuza doubling over and coughing out in a fit of pain. It takes him all it has to stop himself from dropping to one knee.
Perhaps that particular show of dirty tricks ends up firing something up in him, too. Fire lights up in those green eyes and his hand thrusts down to grab the slumping superstar in a vicious grip by the face, hoisting it up and--
He stops himself there with the realization that his opponent is not, in fact, moving. Surely, it could be a ruse, but... after some time, one gets a feel for things like 'can the other guy still fight'.
And with a steadying breath, he lets himself calm -- and instead of violently slamming the man in his grip into the ground, he simply sets him down calmly, so the medics might do their thing.
COMBATSYS: Tairyu has ended the fight here.
Log created on 10:06:29 02/17/2021 by Tairyu, and last modified on 20:23:40 02/17/2021.