Mike Ross: I'm definitely interested in doing Excellent Adventures again - explains why he first picked E. Honda

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • October 5, 2013 at 8:40 p.m. PDT
Mike Ross: I'm definitely interested in doing Excellent Adventures again - explains why he first picked E. Honda We recently had the chance to talk with the man, the myth, the legend — Mike Ross.

One of the most popular players in the fighting game community, Ross spoke with us about why he originally picked up E. Honda, a possible return to Excellent Adventures with Gootecks, and if he'd ever consider becoming a sponsored player again.

What initially attracted Mike to E. Honda may come as a surprise, as he heard about a move that would hit the other character a hundred times from a kid on his baseball team, and it was performed just by mashing the punch buttons.

At the time, he didn't even know the name of the moves, and an attack that allowed you to hit the opponent a hundred times sounded awesome, so he picked up E. Honda.

"I needed to do that move," said Ross, in regards to the Hundred Hand Slap, so he selected the sumo wrestler back in the Street Fighter 2 series days, and has stuck with him ever since.

Switching gears a bit, we asked Ross if he could ever see himself returning to filming Excellent Adventures. The popular series has been on hiatus since early January 2013 and Gootecks had previously said it was unlikely to return. Hit the jump to read on.

"Yes, I'm definitely interested in doing stuff with Excellent Adventures," said Ross, when asked about working with Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez again on the series, although the finer details haven't been worked out, yet.

Some wondered if there was some kind of quarrel between Ross and Gutierrez, and that was the reason that Excellent Adventures had stopped filming, but Mike dispelled that myth, saying he and his Cross Counter partner were on great terms still.

"I'll always see [Gootecks] as a brother," said Ross, and he added that the two of them have never been on bad terms, dismissing the various rumors that there was a rift.

On the subject of if he'd consider being a sponsored player again, as he was last with CompLexity/Cross Counter, Ross said he's talking to a company about potentially being picked up, but couldn't elaborate on who they were, yet. He said it wasn't 100%, but if it came to fruition you'd see an announcement.

This is just part 1 of our interview with Ross, part 2 will be coming soon, and it'll delve into subjects like E Honda's ranking in the Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 tier list, buffs he'd like to see in USF4 and a good bit more.

You can read part 2 of this interview here.

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