Description: Johnny Cage is restless, and when Benimaru Nikaido walks into a beach bar the prizefighter happens to be at, the two end up in vicious HAM-TO-HAM COMBAT!
After a successful shoot it's time to party for Mr. Cage and his crew! The actor is lounging about in a beach bar surrounded by his agents and flirty models clinging to his muscled arms. Despite being in shorts and sandals, Cage still finds the need to be wearing his shades as he listens to his producer.
"That was great, JC, baby! That shoot we did at Gedo High was a total success! The media was all over it! The kid you fought put on an awesome fight and I could tell the public was loving your show boating while you appreciated her Karate! I think this may be it, JC! This is the big one! We're back on track to make you a real star!"
"You mean, a real star, again." Grumbles Johnny Cage who despite the locale where he is, it doesn't look like he's having the time of his life. "I'm sick and tired of this promotional crap. I shouldn't even have to do all this stuff. I'm like, a hundred times better than Fei Long and Mr. Jones and they're still getting all good deals without having to work for them." Johnny flops back on his seat and sips on his piņa colada. "I need a real fight."
Ask and ye shall receive, they say. Perhaps that's true. Because a face that might be familiar enters the beach bar. Said face is attached to a head properly, and that head is properly attached to a body, yes. The person who enters the door is a tall fellow with shoulder-length blond hair. Despite the blond hair, he nonetheless bears a very distinct Japanese look about him. He's almost gangly, with a very 'all legs' look to him, and wears a cropped black t-shirt, pressed slacks, and some kind of flat-soled ankle boot.
If Johnny's been reading magazines, he might have seen that man in clothes ads. It's only if Johnny follows shootfighting that he'll really recognize him, though. It's Benimaru Nikaido, the 'Shooting Star'. He's also been showing his face around Southtown. Not too long ago there was a bit of a scuffle with a fellow who called Nikaido out on using 'special effects' and 'cheating' with a taser on his person. Nikaido didn't take kindly to it, and trounced the man. And immediately after, fought a girl with a sword, but called halt when blood was drawn.
Johnny does keep up with the news, come on. He's Johnny Cage.
He's always on the look out to potential threats to his ego.
Shaded eyes zoom in on the entrance of Benimaru Nikado like a laser. Figures that if he hangs out enough in Japan, he'll eventually run into one of their stars. Cage sips on his drink some more whilst his agent says something or the other that he's totally ignoring, even paying not attention to the caresses and sweet whispers to his ear. Nope, all his attention is focused on Benimaru, in a way that can't possibly be healthy.
Cage interrupts his posse unexpectedly and gets up from his seat heading directly towards the Shoot star, his agent already groaning and holding his head knowing what's Johnny up to. All his hard publicity work going to waste!
"Zup, fruit cakes." Says Johnny as he gets within ear shot of Benimaru. "How come you don't have one of your hair boners right now?" He mentions as he makes a wave of his head to allude to Benimaru's usual hair style. "Finally finished all the gel on this side of the world?"
That too, is one of the downsides to being famous. More people recognize you. Including people you really wouldn't WANT to recognize you. Benimaru blinks in surprise when Johnny approaches. "Eh?" Blink. "...Hair... boner?" Oh, he knows what Johnny's alluding to. The particular appearance of his hair when he fights. And he also recognizes a massive ego when he sees one. It takes one to know one, after all.
He shifts his weight to one hip, crossing his arms over his midriff. It's one of those effeminate poses he's known for. Tilting his head to the side and raising a hand to wave it dismissively, "Nah. I don't see much to get excited about yet." He means Johnny, since... well, Cage is taking up most of his field of vision at the moment. That might have been a burn.
Somewhere a universe is exploding because the ego quotient in the universe is reaching critical mass at one singular point... right here.
...Not really. But the clash of egos is probably going to be epic.
Epic or no.
There is going to be a clash alright.
Johnny chuckles amicably when Benimaru does his little girly pose and flips his insult around. For a moment it looks like he might just have been kidding around. "Hah! Nice one!" He even looks over to his agent and his posse of models to tell them that this guy is alright.
Unfortunately, when egos of that magnitude collide, something is indeed going to explode.
In a fraction of a second, Johnny's demeanor changes immediately from laughter to one of indignant anger. He flips a table out of the way, the universal signal that shit is going down now, and takes a fighting stance in front of Benimaru.
"That's it! You're going down, punk!"
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage has started a fight here.
Johnny Cage 0/-------/-------|
COMBATSYS: Benimaru has joined the fight here.
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Benimaru 0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0 Johnny Cage
It's an almost imperceptible change in Benimaru's demeanor. The table flips, and his shoulders tense, just in case it's being flung at him. It's not, and he relaxes. But there's still a tension in his frame, one that the casual observer just won't pick up on. Johnny, however, is far from the typical observer. He's used to observing opponents. That tension is readiness for a fight.
At the proclamation Benimaru inquires, "Eh? Think so? We'll just have to see." That said, he raises his hands to the back of his head, blue-white sparks jumping between his fingers. And then it's a split-second flick of his hands through his hair, and his hair's in that typical style-- the one Johnny oh-so eloquently termed 'hair boner'. Nope, not hair gel. Static, looks like.
Then he takes a stance as well; it looks a little like a Muay Thai stance, but it's looser somehow. Not sloppy, but looser. Benimaru quirks a brow. "Loser pays for damages," he states. Because this place is going to get wrecked if they fight here. Though he wouldn't have offered if he wasn't prepared to pay should he lose. One should never let one's mouth write checks one isn't prepared to cash.
But now... the fight. First Benimaru needs to poke at this guy, see where his defenses/weaknesses are. So he hops in for a fast knee kick. It's much like a Muay Thai knee, but it's literally fast enough to make his leg appear to be a blur.
COMBATSYS: Benimaru successfully hits Johnny Cage with Iai Geri.
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Benimaru 0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0 Johnny Cage
"You're on!" Responds Cage as Benimaru strikes a bet.
He says that just as he's readjusting his stance into a more adaptable Jeet Kune Do and sees a blurring kick being swung at his mid section. It looks like he tries to coil his leg up to stop it only to take the blow solid on his side causing him to snarl. "Hng!" Scowling he manages to arch an eyebrow once he notices that Benimaru's hair is up on end. So that's how he does it, static electricity. Well, the Shootfighting practicioner, which Cage is well acquainted with also being in the business, isn't the only one that can power up his attacks.
"Eat this, broom head!" Calls Johnny Cage as he steps into Benimaru's grill and swings a green energy covered haymaker punch right at the other star's face.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage successfully hit Benimaru with Director's Cut.
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Benimaru 0/-------/-======|=------\-------\0 Johnny Cage
OUCH! Seems Benimaru's not the only one who can move fast! And it seems like Johnny's capable of greater than average moves, too. That green energy following... that took Benimaru off guard just enough to not be able to dodge out of the way in time. It slams into his shoulder rather than his face, given he was jumping to try to dodge. All the better; he makes money with his face! But it still hurts! Fact, he has to use a sideways cartwheel to save himself from a fall.
"Yare yare~," Benimaru observes. "Looks like you're not the typical rabble that picks a fight with me." A narrowed-eye smirk. "So I guess that means you can take more punishment!" And then he tries to connect a backflip kick to Johnny's chin! And it's not just a backflip kick-- precisely where his leading foot was on the ground, lightning swells and strikes upward.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage blocks Benimaru's Super Inazuma Kick.
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Benimaru 0/-------/-======|==-----\-------\0 Johnny Cage
"Give me all you got, baby!" Johnny replies in his usual cocky fashion just as he sees Benimaru wind up for a kick. Shades flashing in realization, the actor steps in and places his foot right into the incoming backflip kick, using the momentum to catapult himself backwards and do a backflip too in order to minimize the impact. It's the typical showboating that you'd expect from two super stars coming to blows, one is going to try to out perform the other.
"Can you take as much as you give though??" Cage asks sardonically once he lands on his feet. He backpedals a bit to give himself some room and calls another sphere of green energy to his hand. This one, however, actually leaves his hand as he flicks it sideways to make it bounce on a table and ricochet towards Benimaru's ribs.
COMBATSYS: Benimaru dodges Johnny Cage's Out Take.
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Benimaru 0/-------/-======|==-----\-------\0 Johnny Cage
The response is immediate. "We'll just have to see what you can give, ne?" Benimaru is following Johnny, trying to close the distance even as the other fighter's backpedaling. It's a near thing, but he only barely manages to duck the green energy sphere, one getting close enough to him that it crackles with electricity before fading out. His whole body is charged with electricity, it seems!
"You know... you might want to watch who you say that to." As he says this, he's trying to get into Johnny's personal space. "Someone might take you up on that offer~." And then he's trying to headlock Johnny! That and the grab for Cage's belt should be a good indicator of what he's about to try...
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage fails to interrupt Front Suplex from Benimaru with Nut Punch.
- Power fail! -
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Benimaru 1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0 Johnny Cage
Johnny smacks his lips in annoyance when he sees Benimaru dodge his green energy ball. He shifts sideways in an attempt to circle his opponent but Benimaru just keeps coming at him. "Yeah, like I'll take dating tips from a guy wearing a top." It seems that ripped up tops that show mid-drif is where Mr. Cage draws the line.
Then Benimaru is putting him in a head lock and grabbing him by the belt. "Hey! Watch the hands buddy! I'm not into that!" Then up and down he goes crashing on his head and falling on his back. "Agh! Shit!" He curses and begins to stand up looking a bit stunned.
Bam! Benimaru is on his feet quickly. Johnny is stunned, it seems, and Benimaru takes the opening it provides.
He raises a hand into the air. "Are you ready for this?!"
...Or he could taunt.
But then, that's not what he's doing either. Because suddenly he's... not there. Except he is. But with a blue flash, he's also on Johnny's other side! A flash of blue that tried to kick Johnny! And then four more blue flashes pass between where Benimaru was and where he is, each one an afterimage of the shootfighter, each one trying to punch or kick Johnny Cage.
COMBATSYS: Benimaru successfully hits Johnny Cage with Gen'ei Hurricane.
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Benimaru 0/-------/-------|=======\-------\1 Johnny Cage
"Oh great, now there's more of them." Groans Johnny Cage even before he gets struck, one Benimaru was insufferable enough, but now there's more?
His shoulders sort of deflate when he sees absolutely no way out of that attack and then gets what is possibly the fantasy of many a Japanese girl but not to him. Dog piled by a bunch of Benimarus. "Agh! Ow! Ngh!!" Johnny starts being pushed back after each kick and punch taken to the body and face, and when the onslaught finishes, he's bruised, bloodied, and more importantly, his shades are broken.
"Man!" Wails the actor. "Those were 500 dollar shades, asshole!!" Infuriated beyond belief, Johnny flings himself at Benimaru with after images trailing after him, leading with his knee to crash it against Benimaru's jaw and follow it up with a green glowing cross punch to the temple.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage successfully hit Benimaru with Cross Cutting.
- Power hit! -
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Benimaru 0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0 Johnny Cage
Well, there's one thing-- Benimaru is noticeably starting to run out of steam. The sweat's starting to bead on his forehead, and his breathing's quickened. Though the biggest indicator is that when Johnny lunges at him Benimaru doesn't immediately get out of the way. He can see he's not going to get out of the way in time, and instead tries to cross his arms before his face. The knee knocks his arms up into the air, leaving him wide open for the punch to the face.
Benimaru goes sailing into another table, collapsing it under him. He emits a shocked yelp at the uncomfortable sensation of the table collapsing. "...Ouch." Kicking a broken table leg away from him, the shootfighter rises from the ground. "Always embarassing, getting wood in the middle of a fight."
He takes a breath, resets his stance. And then goes in for the attack again. He's trying a combo grapple-- a kick to the leg, a punch to the chest, and then a grab-and-throw.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage blocks Benimaru's Combo Grapple.
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Benimaru 0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0 Johnny Cage
If Benimaru thinks that his crude joke is gonna ruin Johnny's smug satisfaction of punching him, he's got another thing coming. Because Johnny just thrives on this kind of lame stuff. "Haha! Well, you know what they say, pal."
The actor cackles as he rushes in right for Benimaru again, looking ready to keep fighting unlike his counter part. He stops the incoming kick by putting his foot in the way, slaps the Shoot fighter's punch out of the way before he hits him in the chest and then, as he goes for the throw, Johnny digs his heels in and resists it. Interestingly, he's still greening.
"Can't have wood..." Energy begins to build up on his hands again until it forms bright green spheres. "Without balls!" And smashes the chi energy on the sides of Benimaru's head in a bell clap maneuver.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage successfully hit Benimaru with Take Two.
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Benimaru 1/-----==/=======|=------\-------\0 Johnny Cage
The combo's left him vulnerable, Benimaru knows that. And when the chi-powered ear pop swings, he tries to block. But he just doesn't get his hands up in time. He emits a strange, choked down, and staggers back. There's a reason that move is illegal in shootfighting. Even when NOT chi-backed, it can cause hearing loss. With the move backed by chi, Benimaru's ears are ringing HORRIBLY bad and he's dizzy.
Benimaru can also feel that he's on his last leg here. He doesn't have a lot left in him. Johnny has to be close to his limit too, even of he's not showing it. So Benimaru takes a chance. His arms cross over his chest, almost in a blocking maneuver, and he inhales sharply. Blue electricity crackles across his form for a moment...
And then he darts foward. He's trying to grab Johnny's chest... and sink his nails in?! They are very nice manicured nails. But that aside. If he can manage to get a grip on Johnny, he'll SHOCK THE HELL out of him with the electricity that he'd been gathering. This isn't the 'Collider'. This is a full-on assault of the nervous system.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage endures Benimaru's Electrigger!!
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Benimaru 0/-------/----<<<|=====--\-------\0 Johnny Cage
Johnny is an actor in the end. He's pretty good at showing emotions he's not truly feeling! Yeah, even though he has that cocky grin plastered on his face, he's sweating really hard and his breathing is labored, he is getting tired even if he's not showing it. This becomes quite evident when he pulls back from the attack and seems just too out of breath to react properly when Benimaru shoots his hands for his tattooed chest. Looks like he's just going to try and scratch him, how bad could it possible be?
Wait, there's electricity in his hands.
Crying out in pain as he's electrocuted square on the chest, Johnny wheezes out looking very charred with smoke coming out of him, hairs on end, not as long as Beni's, but they're getting there. "Seriously...dude?" Calls Cage as he goes into one knee. "Clawing me??" He wobbles. "You are....such... a punk."
And speaking of punk moves to do, as he's falling forward Johnny swings one last punch right for Beni's groin before falling face first on the wooden floor.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage can no longer fight.
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COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage successfully hit Benimaru with Fade Out.
- Power hit! -
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Benimaru really didn't expect Johnny to have anymore fight in him when he went down. And the shootfighter too is pretty close to collapse. He pauses, takes a moment to collect himself. But he makes the mistake of closing his eyes. Which he discovers is a mistake when...
He doesn't scream. The ability to make sound is rather instantly stripped from him. All the air goes out of him, leaving him capable of issuing little more than a choked 'hrngk...' And down he goes, a few feet from Cage, also collapsed. There goes the win pose. Unless 'on your knees, doubled over, hands over your crotch' counts as a win pose, of course.
Protip: it doesn't.
It takes Benimaru a few to remember he still has legs. He's still not going to stand up for a few more. But once he no longer feels like his testicles are about to abandon ship and jump out of his scrotum, he does take the opportunity to smack Johnny on the back of the head. Not hard enough to hurt, mind. "Asshole," he mutters. His voice cracks a little on the word. Still struggling not to be a soprano.
Log created on 14:58:58 12/10/2014 by Benimaru, and last modified on 20:54:48 12/10/2014.