|Match Date||Wednesday, July 10th, 2002|
|Ryo Hazuki - 77.27%|
Believe it or not, Ryo Hazuki didn't always suck. In fact, Ryo Hazuki was respected by the 2002 contest stats even after all was said and done. Unfortunately for him, we now know that Ryo Hazuki's numbers were vastly inflated in 2002 due to facing some horrid competition.
Unlike Ryu Hazuki, Guybrush Threepwood has always stunk it up in these things. Before getting killed by Bowser in 2004, Guybrush was busy getting his face pounded in by --- you guessed it --- Ryo Hazuki. And unlike other matches in the 2002 contest, bracketmakers going with the character that they had actually heard of wound up paying off. From an unbiased perspective, Shenmue is simply much more well-known and popular on GameFAQs than the Monkey Island series is. When the bracket was first released, Ryo was the sentimental favorite simply because virtually no one knew who Guybrush was. Oddly enough, it worked out.
For one day, Ryu Hazuki actually looked good in a match. Unknown or not, he managed to break 70% in a match, which was no easy feat at the time. But was this a result of Ryo's strength, or Guybrush's weakness?
Of course we all know that both characters suck now, but at the time, Ryo surprised some people. Bear with me here =P