If you consider yourself a Street Fighter fan, then there's no way you should miss this one, especially if you already missed the live stream yesterday. It's the final match of the Evo 2009 Street Fighter IV (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) event between two of the tourney's biggest names: Ryu master and SF legend Daigo Umehara, and the beast known as Justin Wong. The event saved the best for last - this fight was the best fight of the entire tourney.
It was quite a long match, given the tournament format and that Justin Wong managed to tip Daigo into the losers' bracket during the final. For the first match, Wong went for Abel perhaps because of Abel's anti-fireball moves, which makes sense since Daigo loves to give Hadouken showers. That didn't work - clearly, the master of Ryu knows how to handle Abel.
Things got interesting when Wong switched to Balrog. Despite being tempted a bit to go for Rufus, his showboating character in the semis, Wong eventually opted to represent the US with an American character, complete with the stars-and-stripes getup. Since the Japanese Daigo Umehara stayed with Ryu, both players were playing under their flag.
It's interesting to note that it was a very aggressive Balrog from Gram/Graham that eliminated Daigo from the Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (let's just call it HDR from now on) contest. Balrog (the boxer in US versions, he's M.Bison in the Japanese) is not a very popular character to use in Japan, so Daigo may not have been as well prepared to handle him than the others.
Well don't let me spell it out for you. Watch the vids and enjoy the show!
More Evo 2009 finals matches:
- Evo 2009 Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Finals: Justin Wong vs. Jimmy Tran
- Evo 2009 Tekken 6 Finals: Rip vs. ChetChetty