Justin Wong keeps running into people successfully recreating Evo Moment 37, much to his existential horror.
The professional fighting game player has had an illustrious career- he was EVO’s ranking champion for Marvel Vs Capcom 2, and even won first place in tournaments for Killer Instinct, Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter Alpha 2.
Despite this, most fans would know Justin Wong for his part in Evo Moment 37- a heated battle in Street Fighter 3rd Strike wherein his round was stolen for him when Daigo Umehara successfully parried every hit of his super, gaining just enough meter to finish Wong off with his own super.
The moment lives on in infamy for it’s technical skill- parrying Chun-Li’s super is an act of reading it beforehand, since once you see the super flash it’s already too late to get the timing for the first hit of the parry.
Now, 18 years later, Wong finds himself in a strange situation as he streams 3rd Strike, and keeps running into players who have all mastered the parry timing, as if they were waiting for this exact moment.
2022 just started man…. WTF
How did I let this happen already pic.twitter.com/m5Bco0Txza
— Justin Wong (@JWonggg) January 4, 2022
“Oh, he Daigo!”, Justin exclaims, as another player recreates the moment, even using Ken to complete the punish.
“It’s not scripted, he Daigo’d me”, he continues after the round.
This wasn’t the first time someone had attempted this on Wong- it famously almost happened last year, too, though they didn’t quite nail the execution. Even he recognized the similarities, echoing the infamous “Let’s go Justin!” battlecry that directly preceded Daigo taking that round all those years ago.
Flashback to when it almost happened. pic.twitter.com/bpX7CQtByn
— Lethal_Latch (@MetalTailCroc) January 4, 2022
In 2022, it’s now happened a total of three times- shortly after the first clip was posted, Justin Wong had it happen yet again, this time by another Chun Li player.
Nah… 2022 is not my year…
Bruh wtf people just go for it against me huh pic.twitter.com/p1vEbc1xHa
— Justin Wong (@JWonggg) January 9, 2022
“Bruh wtf, people just go for it against me huh”, he says in a tweet linking to the clip.
Some fans accused him of throwing out the super too predictably- hence why it keeps happening. However, Justin mentioned that the last clip was more of an error on his part with regards to timing:
“People keep saying I am just throwing this super out. I actually messed up my execution and buffered too early which cause the super to come out by accident and then Randomator just randomly went for the parry and here…we…are”, he tweets.
As of this writing it’s seemingly happened a third time, though with a twist- the other player didn’t parry the whole super, instead rolling out of the way of the last hit to get a throw in:
We can all agree that this doesn’t count right??? 😅😅😅😅 pic.twitter.com/3p8yrVldqP
— Justin Wong (@JWonggg) January 10, 2022
Jokes aside, it’s great that Justin Wong takes all these moments in stride. If anything, it’s a great testament to the popularity of 3rd Strike- decades later, people are still learning an incredibly advanced technique, all for the purpose of tormenting one of the greatest fighting game players in the industry.