Neo League 276 - #284: Shenwoo vs Yamazaki

Description: It's crazy versus crazy when Shenwoo and Yamazaki face off for the Neo League! A short, brutal match filled with knives and punchings, but in the end... (Winner: Shenwoo)

Early evening in Southtown. Normally, this section of downtown would just be bustling with people. Commuters, shoppers, lazy-ass kids looking to steal something fmor one of the shops. Instead, all those aforementioned people have gathered around a particular section of high-traffic street. It's been corded off at each corner of the block, and the local law enforcement has taken it upon themselves to station themselves at either end of the street. Not normal Neo League procedure, perhaps, but the organizers remember what happens the last time they let Yamazaki out in public; a construction worker was used as an impromptu projectile. This time, any potential victims have been kept far, far away from the action. Close enough to see, not close enough to be grabbed.

A little more money has gone into this particular fight; they know who the two combatants are, and people have been writing in with this request for a while now. The self-proclaimed God of Battle against the person who, in the last league fight, beat someone to the point of internal /and/ external bleeding. There are cameras set up on rooftops, area lights set up alone the edges of buildings, and a small stage has been set up for the announcer, the referee, and other assorted officials off towards the background. Again, far away enough that Yamazaki can't reach them.

Speaking of the Yakuza enforcer, he's currently standing off towards the left side of the street. There's a cigarette resting between his lips, not even bothering to remove it to exhale, just breathing the smoke in and blowing it out through his nose at the same time. He looks no more antsy than usual; visibly tense, pacing and mumbling obscenities to himself. The white fur coat has been left aside, and only his sunglasses remain perched atop his nose as he waits for the fight to start.

And who is the self-styled 'God of Battle' to turn down the opportunity for a League match? Actually, for a while... Things simply weren't active enough for the tall, lean blond to get much in the way of action via the Neo League, but at least Saturday Night Fight had returned to the airwaves, giving him another chance to fight strong opponents and make money. And really, that's the important thing, when it all comes down to it. Doing what makes you happy.

So, tonight Shenwoo has answered the call of the Neo League, to face off with the crazy guy he's seen in a couple of fights on the ol' television. Even he knows this is probably going to be something of a gruesome spectacle... But it's not like that bothers Shen, from the looks of him. No, the prospect of personal danger doesn't unsettle him in the least bit, as he arrives at the designated location... Grinning from ear to ear. It's probably for the best he doesn't know what Yamazaki's 'day job' happens to be, or things might get even /more/ violent and gruesome. "So!" the Shanghai-born brawler exclaims, once he's in position, directed mostly at the Neo League officials and their safe vantage point. "Where's the sucker you guys wanted me to punch until his own mom wouldn't recognise him, eh?!"

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo has started a fight here.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|

From their far vantage point, the judges point off in the direction of the Japanese-born, Hong-Kong-raised thug pacing in irritated circles. "Over there." And, it's at that point that the cue to start sparks over the loudspeakers. "LADIES AAAAAND GENTLEMEN! THIS.. IS THE FIGHT YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR!" Now, granted, they wait around for /every/ match, but with the fanfare given this fight over the recent days, the announcer feels like hamming it up a bit. "IN THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RING.. FIGHTING WITH A RECORD OF SIX WINS.. SEVEN LOSSES, AND ONE DRAW FIGHT. THE SELF-PROCLAIMED GOD OF BATTLE... SHENWOO!" The crowd cheers appropriately when the announcer cuts off, and it's right about now that the riled-up Yakuza thug turns to look towards Shenwoo. "AND TO THE LEFT! FIGHTING WITH A RECORD OF ONE WIN.. NO LOSSES.. ADELHEID IS WATCHING THIS ONE FROM HIS HOSPITAL BED, FOLKS! RYUJI YAMAZAKI!"

There. He's let the announcer have his fun. Trumped-up loser that he is. Yamazaki has been forced to sit here and wait for a good ten minutes while the League staff prepares themselves, and that's ten minutes he hasn't been able to mangle the little blonde guy across the way. By the time his name has finished ringing in the speakers, he's already broken into a dead run. "NOW, LET'S GE--What the hell!?" The announcer is cut off on that last line as Ryuji starts the fight earlier than expected, and the larger blonde starts things off the old-fashioned way; by lifting up one of those large leather-clad fists. His left hand comes right up, and on that last charging step, he brings his fist across as damn well hard as he can to try and just bury his knuckles into Shenwoo's mush.

COMBATSYS: Yamazaki has joined the fight here.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0         Yamazaki

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo interrupts Strong Punch from Yamazaki with Gekiken.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0         Yamazaki

Though Shenwoo /does/ enjoy listening to announcers talk about him - especially when they're trumping up his own accomplishments, pride is one of his failings after all - getting straight down to business just plain suits his style better. So he hardly minds when Yamazaki comes at him at a flat-out run like that. In fact, that just makes the berserker laugh out loud. "Good, good! LET'S MAKE SURE THIS IS FUN!!" he roars, and he... Charges right at Yamazaki in turn.

Shen's charge is a bit different from the Yakuza enforcer's, though, as he suddenly starts to blur a little, rushing along that much faster in his best-known technique; still laughing that wild laugh, he throws his beringed left fist forward striking Yamazaki in the face at the /exact same moment/ Yamazaki hits /him/. But, by this point he's probably got more momentum than the gangster, or at the very least an advantage in timing, managing to deflect much of what would probably have been a serious brain-rattling punch.

It's one of those comical moments, really. Two blondes running at eachother as damn well fast as they can, and at the moment of truth? Simultaneous bell-ringing. Yamazaki's head gets tossed back hard as he ends up taking a fist square in the face, and it takes him a moment to stagger backwards before he regains his footing again. He straightens up a moment after, then that near-trademarked grin of his starts to pull his lips up. "You..." He starts to laugh as well, shrill cackling laughter that echoes off the walls as he turns at an angle, putting his left shoulder towards Shenwoo. "This is going to be entertaining!" He tilts down just a little, pointing his shoulder out before his left arm just.. starts to dangle like a sack of meat. A stiff wind makes it move. His head starts to cock back and forth, weaving almost like a snake's would as it started to stare down a potential victim. He just leans and bobs for a good few seconds... and in another blink, that arm snaps to life, cracking like a whip in a blurred movement much akin to the way that the brawler just employed. His arm, however, appears to defy normal boundaries as it stretches out to reach Shenwoo. The back of his hand comes right up, and he aims to crack his leather-clad knuckles right up across the other blonde's face.

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo blocks Yamazaki's Snake Tamer.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/---====|==-----\-------\0         Yamazaki

Of course it's going to be entertaining; it's Shenwoo! The same guy who just stood there when Saishu launched a huge wave of fire at him. The same guy who /punched Vega in the face just because/. The same guy who couch jousted with Haggar. Entertainment is his specialty. ...Well, entertainment and generally doing violent things. Though clearly, he's not alone on the latter, as Yamazaki does some crazy mojo with his /damn hand/, and that's kinda freaky. Shenwoo does not want!

Rather than just take the hit or slip out of the way, Shen ducks to the side and throws up his own hand to deflect the blow, Yamazaki's strike glancing painfully off of one tattooed forearm; and then, of course, the brawler lashes out as well, trying to grab Yamazaki's head with his free hand, pushing down, while his knee comes up at the same time, intent on smashing it right into the big palooka's face! "Ora ora!!"

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo successfully hits Yamazaki with Heavy Kick.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0         Yamazaki

There's a muffled growl rattling in Yamazaki's throat as he only feels forearm against his knuckles, and he straightens up while reeling his arm back in, knuckles clenching hard enough to make them pop audibly. "Hmph." He narrowed his eyes for the oncoming charge, and braces one of his feet in preparation. Much as luck would have it, however, his foot skids across a slick spot on the concrete, which puts his head /right/ in Shenwoo's hand. He continues on his way down, and ends up with his face colliding harshly with the oncoming knee. He staggers right back again, and straightens up a moment after. The grin is gone now, replaced by a rather pissed-looking sneer.

"Alright, alright.. no more fuckin' around." Back to basics. He steps in a little, one arm up coming up in a plain, no-nonsense jab that's headed right for Shenwoo's rib cage.

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo Toughs Out Yamazaki's Quick Punch!

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Shenwoo          0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0         Yamazaki

But Shenwoo, he's still grinning that wide, wild grin, his dark eyes alight with joy. It's the best thing in the world, a good fight, and just to prove it to himself, the brawler just /stands there/ when Yamazaki takes a shot at his ribs, the impact making him shift a little... But not nearly as much as it should've. "This is great, isn't it?!" he asks, half-rhetorically... Shen always kind of hopes that the people he fights will be just as into it as he is. A lot of the time though, they really aren't. Responding in kind, the leaner blond lunges forward at Yamazaki, keeping in close in that casual boxing stance of his, lashing out with his right fist at the gangster's torso, and then his left fist, adding in a quick /third/ punch with that fist as well. "Graaaaah!!!"

COMBATSYS: Yamazaki fails to counter Strong Punch from Shenwoo with Sadomazo.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-======|=======\-------\0         Yamazaki

There's no verbal response to the question that's posed.. of course, he's enjoying it. It's a fight. Sure, money is great and all, but this is what drives the Yakuza enforcer. Breaking people like twigs, and when he can't? Coming back the next time and breaking them then. And when that fist starts to come in, Yamazaki just slowly drops himself down, and braces his heels against the ground. "Come on, damnit! Hit me!" And so Shenwoo does. Not twice, but three times. There're audible grunts as he takes each one of those fists, but for some reason, his mind just won't work with him.. that vapor just won't come to him. And his left hand just.. doesn't come up. He cocks his head off to one side and spits out a small spot of blood before the grin pulls his lips up again. "You're goin' on my short list, kid. Ain't seen someone that could hit like you in a long time." He straightens right back up again, tilting his head and causing his neck to pop. "Come on, hit me again."

As Shenwoo's fists hit home so effectively, there's a hint of... Something, vaguely similar to disappointment. Shen might be kind of violent, and indeed love to fight, but for him it's less Yamazaki's enjoyment of totally wrecking someone else as it is the risk, the clash of strength against strength. And so far, Shen's really in a groove. "Oh? You sure about that?" the younger fighter taunts, any disappointment he was feeling forgotten as Yamazaki displays his usual crazy-assedness, which is at least something he and Shenwoo have a little bit in common. "Fine then, LET'S GO!!" he yells, rushing in to try and sweep aside any guard Yamazaki might put up, before he goes for an old favourite: A big ol' headbutt. And if he lands that, then he'll take advantage of it hopefully knocking the gangster off-balance to just toss him onto the street, hard. "DON'T MESS WITH ME!"

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo successfully hits Yamazaki with Saikouhou-Geki.

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

There's no attempt at a guard made. There's nothing but a big ol' shit-eating grin and arms tucked into pockets as Shenwoo comes rushing right at him. And it's there that he stands when one head clashes against another. Yamazaki does his best to just stand and take it, but there's just enough of a stagger there that he ends up leaning right back into getting tossed onto his ass. He smacks against the concrete hard, rolling backwards once.. but he ends up on his feet just as quickly. Rather than just standing and doing nothing, though, the gangster is pounding across the pavement again. The dress-shoe heels click rapidly as he closes the distance between him and Shenwoo, and there's a moment in which a piece of black flashes across the distance. There's a brief 'clik' of a switchblade snapping into place, right before it comes across the distance, and Ryuji tries to just slice right into Shenwoo's exposed stomach.

COMBATSYS: Yamazaki successfully hits Shenwoo with Nightmare - then Darkness.

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

... and there's that telltale feeling of flesh parting around the edge of the knife. That's all the motivation that Yamazaki needs to put his entire body weight behind the follow-through. His shoulder slams into Shenwoo's midsection, barreling him down to the ground right at his feet. And the grin just spreads right across Yamazaki's face. "Games're over, kid! Time for your own damn medicine!" One of those shiny black dress shoes comes right up, and he drives it hard down onto the berserker's chest. There's even a little twist of his foot, grinding the heel in before he lifts it up and slams it right back down again, this time letting his foot impact Shen's ribs. There're alternations between chest and ribs as the Yakuza just keeps stomping the hell away until there're visible footprints left on his opponent's upper torso. Probably a good twelve to fifteen strikes, total, before his foot comes back up again, only to drive a hard wingtip right up into the smaller blonde's rib cage.

Knives? That's just dirty pool! ...Not that Shenwoo cares. He knew the other fighter used that sort of thing, and it's not like he mentioned it before. No, he gets slashed with the knife, getting knocked down and then the crap is duly kicked out of him. His body shudders with every kick, and he's bleeding a fair bit still too, finally skidding away a bit after the last kick to the midsection. "Keh..." he breathes out, coughing up a little blood. "Heheheheh..." That doesn't sound like somebody who just got stabbed!

"Hahahahahaha!" Shenwoo laughs, dark eyes turning up to look at Yamazaki, his wild grins till in place even though he's been bloodied. "Is... Is that it?" he wonders, suddenly surrounded by a violent red aura of energy as he springs up off the ground with lightning speed, seemingly not caring at all that he's bleeding, not caring about the pain or anything else as he tries to catch the gangster with a big damn punch; and if he does, he launches into a barrage of further attacks, punching and kicking and headbutting. "THIS IS JUST GETTING FUN!!" He finishes the combination off with a vicious uppercut, roaring incoherently.

COMBATSYS: Yamazaki endures Shenwoo's Bakuma Assault.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|====---\-------\0         Yamazaki

The knife is flipped back into a sheathed position, and tucked back into its pocket after that last kick. He taps the heel of his shoe against the ground a couple times to try and knock some blood free before he looks back to Shenwoo while he works on gathering himself back up from the ground. ".. you.. you and me, we're gonna be doin' this a lot more." The grin starts to spread across his face again, and he starts to laugh right at the same time. "Come on, HIT ME, YOU LITTLE PRICK!" Yamazaki goes so far as to throw his arms out wide, this time. He's cackling like a madman as that massive punch lands square in his chest, and his legs dig in, heels burrowing into the concrete. He stands up tall for each and every one of those attacks, hardly flinching as he gets cracked about the head and torso.

It's only until afterwards that the thug realizes that, just once, he may have overdone it. That he finally overstepped his physical boundaries, and that he's about to crash, hard. That uppercut caught him hard and sent his head back hard enough to cause a normal person whiplash. He brings his head right back around, though, and that grin spreads right across his lips again, bringing him just sheer inches from Shenwoo's face. "Gonna have to hit me harder than that, boy." It's at that moment his hand snaps up, trying to catch the blonde by the throat.

COMBATSYS: Yamazaki can no longer fight.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Yamazaki successfully hits Shenwoo with Guillotine.

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Shenwoo          0/-------/-======|

When Yamazaki manages to get a solid grip.. oh, how that cackling returns. "TIME TO GO FOR A RIDE!" The muscles in his legs coil, and his fingers tighten around Shenwoo's throat right before he pushes off the ground and just /lifts/ the Berserker from the ground. Both himself and Shen are airborne for a good two or three seconds, and when the upward arc starts to end, he turns his shoulder down and brings the smaller blonde with it, effectively chokeslamming Shenwoo onto the concrete. He doesn't quite stop there, no. Upon impact, Ryuji's legs start pumping hard, and his grip stays tight around Shenwoo's throat as one blonde drags the other, pulling the back of Shen's head across the rocky cement for a good five, maybe six feet. At the end of the drag, Yamazaki straightens up. "You win this fight, but I sure as hell ain't leavin' without a goddamn partin' gift!" Both fists lift now, and he drives them down onto Shenwoo's sternum in a double-fisted hammer. Once, twice, three, four, five times the fists slam onto Shenwoo's chest, and at the end, he straightens up, just to deliver one final kick into his rib cage.

That was a little too much effort for the Syndicate enforcer to exhert, though, and after the kick, he nearly doubles over with the force of a cough before he spits out another thick hock of blood. Eyes narrow briefly before he mutters something under his breath. "Fuck it, Imma gettin' me a drink. You comin', noisy prick?" .. wait, did Yamazaki just call someone noisy?

Hey hey, now that's unexpected. Shenwoo certainly wasn't counting on Yamazaki to just stand there and /take/ it. That takes some serious stones. And then, there's a hand reaching for his throat. The berserker tries to dodge, but the gash in his stomach slows him down; he gets caught in the rest of Yamazaki's attack, and the rest of what happens is a foregone conclusion, as he gets manhandled pretty badly by the gangster's last assault.

But, just like Yamazaki says... Shenwoo's the one who wins, still with clearly a bit of fight left in him as he gets up, raising his fists rather than holding where he got cut open... Though the blood flow has already started to slow. However, with Yamazaki's admission of defeat, the League officials are quick to declare the result, and then there's medics giving Shenwoo first aid, bandaging up his midsection, but... "Sure, why the hell not?" he says to Yamazaki about the drink. Sure, he'll go drink with fresh bandages. And probably tear the cut back open before he gets home, getting more blood everywhere! Ash can clean it up, he likes doing that stuff.

COMBATSYS: Shenwoo has ended the fight here.

Log created by Shenwoo, and last modified on 16:59:14 02/12/2007.