Neo League 126 - #144: Ryu vs Shenwoo

Description: This battle between two rockin' pugilists takes place deep in the heart of Mexico City! I see you firing up Babelfish, there. (Winner: Ryu)

"¡Bienvenidos y buenos tardes senoras y senores de Ciudad de México y del MUNDO!" The voice of the announcer rings out over the huge stadium known as Plaza Mexico, located in Mexico City, as a crowd of more than 50,000 people roars in anticipation of the fight to come. Though the Mexican sky is dark, the starts drown from the sky by the harsh light of a living city; huge stadium lights bathe the stadium in artificial daylight. "¡Le traemos hoy una lucha entre dos titans del mundo el luchar, Ryu, El Guerrero del Mundo, y Shenwoo, El Dios de la Batalla!" The crowd roars even louder at the mention of the two fighters and their illustrious titles. "¡Esto sera una lucha a recordar, mirar de cerca para el motivo de sus nietos, si no de usted mismo!"

And you know, Shenwoo just lives for this sort of thing. A fight, and not just /any/ fight, but a fight with the world-renowned Ryu, who he's admittedly faced off against twice in varying levels of 'handicap' matches... But this is different. This is the real thing, a one on one battle. A true chance to test his strength against someone who could probably be considered a legend in his own lifetime. The self-styled 'God of Battle' might not really understand what's being said by the announcer, but he knows enough to recognise his own name, grinning wolfishly and raising his left fist in acknowledgement to the crowd. Oh, but the only thing better than a straight-up fight is a straight-up fight with an audience to play off of. The tall, lean man from Shanghai adjusts his gloves a bit, where he stands on the arena floor of the Plaza Mexico, already slipping into his casual boxing stance - leading with his right hand - in preparation of the fight to come. Oh, but he can hardly contain his excitement, even letting out a quiet chuckle at the prospect.

He might not be entirely balanced, you know?

Hey! He can't understand the announcer. Ryu could get USED to this. Of course, that's assuming someone shuts off the brightass lights and the stadium full of cheering fans all go somewhere else. Ah, the joys of arena battle. It's certainly not the fanfare or the spectacle that draws Ryu to the battlefield.... but the fight itself. Why come to a place like this, then? Well, there's two solid reasons.... one, his best friend in the host of this league, and two, the league is a great way to run into interesting challenges. Shenwoo is a challenge Ryu has faced down before, though never in solo battle, and not for... well... quite some time. WIth the strength and potential the nomad saw in the self-proclaimed God of Battle last time the two came to blows in this friendly sport, it's a match that the Ansatsuken master looks forward to.... Shenwoo must have some new surprises for him, after all.
There's no bullfighting going on in the center ring tonight, no... just two fighters, one of whom pads out across the fine Mexican soil with bare feet, his trademark white gi fluttering lightly in the cool breeze that sweeps through the stadium. Dark eyes pan once across a section of crowd, before his attention settles on Shenwoo himself, the World Warrior all but tuning the other distractions out. A nod is paid to his opponent, calmly respectful, as the nomad lifts his own guard, crimson sparring gloves firmly in place as his feet shift lithely along the ground,just waiting for the word to come. It may not be his language, but there's no mistaking that final countdown.

The announcer nods to both fighters as they step forward, the roar of the crowd quieting slightly as the anticipation of the fight to come begins to settle in. "El Guerrero del Mundo, el Dios de la Batalla. El tiempo está sobre nosotros. ¡Luche honorable, lucha bien, pero lucha! ¡Luche, Luche!" The announcer says as he motions to both fighters, prancing backwards and releasing the microphone with his last words, the man in the tuxedo motions once more to the foreigners. "Fight, fight senores, fight!" the announcer shouts to the men without the aid of a microphone as the crowd begins to surge once more.

COMBATSYS: Ryu has started a fight here.

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Ryu              0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo has joined the fight here.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Ryu

It's actually difficult for Shenwoo to restrain himself long enough for the actual signal to begin fighting... The anticipation of the moment, of the /fun/ that he could be having, is almost overwhelming. "Heheheh," he chuckles, nodding in return to Ryu, and once the instruction to fight is given in a language the berserker can understand, his wolfish grin broadens still further, his dark eyes glinting as his entire body tenses for a moment... And then he takes off like a shot, straight at Ryu. There's no thought given to defense, no thought given to sizing his opponent up or waiting for the 'right moment'; the brawler is focused entirely on landing the opening shot, like an arrow fired from the bow straight at the World Warrior. "GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!" he roars, his unbuttoned silk shirt flapping behind him as he thows his left fist forward, ring and all, to try and get in a good, solid punch on Ryu.

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo successfully hits Ryu with Gekiken.
- Power hit! -

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Shenwoo          0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0              Ryu

Now /that/ is a charge. And a hell of a punch. Solid indeed, the slam drops Ryu to his knees right off the bat, something you don't see all that often! Let's hear it for Shenwoo! Ryu's not cheering, though. His dark eyes simply snap back upwards as he steadies himself, not bothing to rise before he shoves both hands forward, splayed in opposing directions. Centered on the meeting of the heels of his hands surges a rampant swirl of luminescent blue chi, the multifaceted burst growing in an instant, and blasting outwards just as quickly, looking to slam the conjured energy blast squarely into Shenwoo, at just about point-blank range, in synchronous motion with a rise back to a ready footing, "Hadooouken!!!" Shenwoo may have started off with a bang, but Ryu isn't going to make this easy on him.

COMBATSYS: Ryu successfully hits Shenwoo with Hadouken.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/--=====|===----\-------\0              Ryu

Yeah! Isn't it impressive? Isn't it flashy?! Admittedly, though, it doesn't have quite the pizzaz of lobbing chi blasts around, which is an area of fighting that Shenwoo has never had much experience with. He sees the blast of energy coming, though, and he tries to get his tattooed forearms in the way of the assault, but to no avail; instead, he gets quite solidly hit, the force knocking him back, and causing him to stumble, though he recovers fairly quickly. Certainly quickly enough to suddenly twist around on one foot, swinging his other foot out in a big kick aimed at Ryu's kidney, and if he hits, immediately followed by a second. "ORAA!!"

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo successfully hits Ryu with Fusen Kyaku.
- Power hit! -

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Shenwoo          0/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0              Ryu

Rising to his feet... maybe not such a good idea in retrospect. As he tries to weave away from Shenwoo's suddenly renewed assault, he gets kicked quite solidly in the kidney, the second strike sending him staggering back. It's hard momentum to fight, but Ryu's footing is a bit more stable in this moment, and a sharply anchored leg meets his backward motion, stopping him solidly as he looks to meet the incoming Shenwoo directly this time, a hand shooting out for the berserker's fancy shirt. Should that ironclad grip be secured, well, /then/ Ryu does what he felt like doing initially, dropping straight backwards. This motion is controlled, however, intent on dragging Shenwoo right along for the ride, the World Warrior's right leg snapping up for the berserker's ribs, this time, intent on adding a bit of force to the leverage of his arms, and send Shenwoo saaaailing across the arena, with a fervent, "Haaaaaah!!!" Yes, Shenwoo /does/ have new surprises. And they HURT!

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo endures Ryu's Tomoe Nage.

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Shenwoo          1/---====/=======|=======\-------\0              Ryu


That... Is one helluva throw, Ryu. Shenwoo gets tossed in what would be, from anyone else, a pretty normal judo throw, but from Ryu? From the World Warrior, it hurts like the /bajeezus/. The funny thing is, Shen doesn't even /try/ to get out of the way of the grab, or reduce the impact of the throw, instead getting handily lobbed and twisting in midair so that he /does/ land on his feet, skidding along the packed dirt of the arena floor, but none of the impact is mitigated. It still hurts, it still stings. A lot. But the self-styled 'God of Battle' has already whirled about, heedless of the pain and potential injuries, hurtling headlong at Ryu with his own aura briefly flaring into the visible spectrum, violent and red! "RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!" Shenwoo roars in barely-constrained fury, now a berserker in truth as he lashes out at Ryu, ideally before the other fighter can recover from his throw, and tries to catch his opponent in a powerful, punishing combination of blows using his feet, fists, elbows, knees and forehead almost equally!

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo successfully hits Ryu with Bakuma Assault.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|=======\==-----\1              Ryu

Once more Ryu gets met as he swings to his feet, though this time it's a hastily erected guard that's battered aside by Shenwoo's offensive momentum. The repeated strike slam quite soundly into the nomad's head and chest, the brutal, unpredictable series leaving the World Warrior defenseless after the initial failure to intercept the rush... and it shows. Blood sprays from the Ansatsuken master's nose with one particularly punishing elbow, sending him reeling back by the end of the assault, sprawling into a dust cloud produced by his impact as he slides on his back away from the berserker. Gritting his teeth, the nomad kicks his feet up skyward, backflipping despite the impact to land a short span away, a tremendous surge of chi already crackling through his form, to be centered between his cradling palms at his side, "Shiiiiinkuuuuuu...." Ryu incants, as a crackling cerulean vortex surges into being in the formerly empty space, swirling about itself and consuming, or trying to consume, everything near it with a tremendous inward gust, the energy levels growing rapidly, rampantly, as the World Warrior's attention locks firmly on Shenwoo.
... then, the near-epic charge of chi is swept forward, coruscating into a densely packed sphere of fiercest chi, which digs a rather impressive trench between the two fighters, the arena ground disintegrated within the power of Ryu's ultimate Hadouken without slowing the blast for a moment, "Hadooooouken!!!!!" He finalizes, as the rampantly flaring burst swirls its dangerous path for the berserker.

COMBATSYS: Ryu successfully hits Shenwoo with Shinkuu Hadouken.

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Shenwoo          1/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0              Ryu

In his time since he first left the 'small pond' that was Shanghai to step into the larger world of professional fighting, Shenwoo has learned an important lesson. Perhaps even a /key/ lesson to life as a fighter: Hadoukens are not conducive to a happy, healthy life. Of course, normally this doesn't stop the lean man from treating them the way he does most any other attack, but in this case, there's a slight vein of wariness that runs through his usual madcap, reckless bravado. He tries to avoid the attack, but it doesn't do him much good, and instead he's quite soundly blasted by the fast-moving chi assault, and... Oh god dammit, it totally trashed Shenwoo's shirt. "Keh," the berserker half-coughs, half-chuckles as he barely manages to stay standing, wisps of painful blue energy still clinging to him. "What, is that all ya got?" he teases, taking a pair of steps forward... And then practically disappearing from sight. To someone of Ryu's caliber, he likely doesn't entirely vanish, but most people find his sudden transition from normal walking to blurring-fast movement difficult to follow, as he tries for another rushing punch, this one digging a trench of his own through the packed dirt as he's surrounded by a bluish shockwave of pure energy, rocketing towards the World Warrior like, well... A human Hadouken. "SHYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!" Oh, but he's enjoying himself.

COMBATSYS: Ryu dodges Shenwoo's Zetsu Gekiken.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0              Ryu

Well, that surge of chi, and the speed of the attack, are certainly impressive.... but the issue here is, Ryu isn't quite where Shenwoo expected him to be anymore. With speed that matches the blurring motion of the berserker step for step, the World Warrior sidesteps and twists, all but throwing himself sidelong out of Shenwoo's path. Of course, he doesn't go far... this fight isn't over, and he's not inclined to take it back to a distance. Not with the God of Battle's fervor in chasing him down, so far. Instead, the World warrior lands lightly on his feet, reversing his momentum sharply to step back in on Shenwoo as his attack abates, looking to catch the stopping warrior rather sharply on the side of the head with a suddenly rising right elbow, which snaps from his side towards Shenwoo's skull with plenty of speed and force of its own. Not as dramatic as the last few techniques, but it could be quite a jolt nonetheless, "Hyaaaaah!!!"

COMBATSYS: Ryu successfully hits Shenwoo with Medium Punch.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0              Ryu

Oh, the humanity! After all those big attacks, what finally got to Shenwoo was a simple elbow to the noggin? The God of Battle gets hit despite an attempt to duck out of the way of the strike, and he can tell that's it for him, darkness creeping in around the edges of his vision... But Shenwoo isn't the sort of person to just give up and sit down. Staggered for just a moment, Shenwoo's hands clasp together, fingers interlacing as he throws himself into one last hurrah at the World Warrior, swinging his fists in an axehandle /up/ at Ryu's jaw. "GRAAAH!!" And then back /down/ at the fighter's face, if the first one hits! "RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!" He sure likes to yell a lot.

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo can no longer fight.

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Ryu              0/-------/-----==|

COMBATSYS: Ryu dodges Shenwoo's Kouryuu-Geki.

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Ryu              0/-------/-----==|

The sound impact is confirmation enough for Ryu of the accomplishment of his goal, here, and just as quickly as the strike was launched, the attacking arm snaps back in towards the nomad's body, a sharp pivot and weave sending Shenwoo's last-ditch, dangerous swing sailing clear of his head. Despite the rigors of the fight, the nomad's found his pacing, now... but with the fervor both fighters approached this one, it's only had to last a couple moments. As Shenwoo falls away, Ryu breathes heavily and backs a few small steps away from his opponent, giving the berserker time to be counted /officially/ out.... after the rest of this fight, he's not giving Shenwoo any more chances to pummel him.
Once it's apparent that that last smack did take the last of the fight out of the berserker, the World Warrior approaches steadily, if a bit tiredly, even deep breaths calming the exertion withing him. The roar of the crowd is a dull secondary distraction to kneeling, extending a hand to Shenwoo, and commenting simply, "You've... improved." Despite the bruise-inspired terseness in Ryu's voice, he sounds pleasantly surprised, if anything, "Nicely fought."

And with his attack missing, Shenwoo ends up overbalanced, first landing on his duff before actually ending up down and 'out', though he's not quite unconscious... All the fight is gone out of him, that's for sure, and there's not much the battered and tired brawler can do /but/ concede the match! Not that he seems all that upset about it, since he's chuckling to himself again. "Heh, yeah, that was fun," he agrees with another of his near-feral grins, pushing himsef up to a half-seated position again, before accepting the offered hand. And really, the fun is what's important... Sure, winning would've been a remarkable upset /and/ a pleasant surprise, but his essential goal is fulfilled, and the former thug seems pleased as punch. "And I plan to keep on improving, too," Shen adds, with a short, barking laugh.

COMBATSYS: Ryu takes no action.

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Ryu              0/-------/-----==|

COMBATSYS: Ryu has ended the fight here.

Log created by Ryu, and last modified on 17:12:09 02/12/2007.