Hot diggity daffodil! Combo Breaker is a mere few days away and I am HYPED for it! Are you? (Well, I guess that depends whether or not you're going.) Anyways, it's time to etch another name onto the Malloy List and, if I do say so myself, this month's pick is insane...
At this point in our time together, I'd like to believe that all you wonderful people out in FGC Land have been enjoying this column over the last year or so. I'm confident in that fact due to one simple truth: Combat (not necessarily violence) unites people. Give the masses a cause they can rally around & watch what can happen. Give them a striking figure to stand behind & they can change history. Those are the people who grab the reins of time to make the world around them take note of their ambitions. However, I'm not talking about anyone like that today. No, the newest addition to these exclusive ranks is someone who not only sees combat as the means to an end... he sees it as life itself!
If that face doesn't look familiar, then stop whatever you're doing right now and go watch The Raid: Redemption. For those of you who do recognize him, that is the one & only Mad Dog. I frankly cannot recall the last time I saw anybody (on film or otherwise) revel in the joy of fighting like this unstoppable bastard. Now, I'm sure most of my fellow Raid fans might be wondering why I didn't choose Rama since he (*SPOILER ALERT*) actually survived to fight again in the AMAZING sequel (*END SPOILERS*). Answer's simple, really: Rama doesn't necessarily want to fight. He is -very- skilled, yes, but it's not a course of action he looks to follow on a regular basis. Mad Dog, on the other hand, lives & breathes combat. Know what? I'm not even going to try to explain this any further... I'll let his actions speak for themselves.
Pretty intense, ain't he? Not only did he give up the opening advantage of having his opponent at gunpoint, he's also the smaller fighter in this match up. Like the old saying goes: "It's the size of the fight in the dog." If this isn't impressive enough for you, go watch his other fight in the movie. I'm not going to link it here because I genuinely want you to experience it at your own pace. I will say this, though... it's a 2-on-1 handicap match & he's still the odds on favorite.
So where would I dare unleash this force of nature? I know some might think he's intense enough to join the MKX roster, but that would seem a bit cliché. I want to put him somewhere that will not only take full advantage of his trademark intensity, but will take it to the next level. My FGC brothers & sisters, I nominate that Mad Dog end up as a playable/unlockable character in Tekken 7! Think about how everything will be enhanced & amplified in that game. Also consider that this will be the end of the Mishima Saga. That right there is nothing to sneeze at... so why not toss a firecracker into that already lit furnace? Well, it's just a thought... and I can dream, can't I?
Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.