His skills are unquestionable, but the same can’t always be said of his etiquette. Victor “PG|Punk” Woodley has been making waves at the highest levels of the competitive fighting game scene for the last half decade, and though he’s known to be a little rough around the edges at times, he tends to invoke more of a sense of charm than chastisement from the community.
Regardless of if he’s whiff punishing in Street Fighter, Roman Cancelling in Guilty Gear, or pulling off touches of death in Dragon Ball FighterZ, a lot of hype and a little drama tend to follow Punk. After a few recent major exhibitions in the latter title, we’ve seen some start to call him DBFZ’s potential savior. Others have been calling Punk “the villain the FGC needs,” in a reference to 2008’s The Dark Knight. Wondering how Punk himself feels about all this, Ernesto Lopez Jr. of Button Check decided to set up an interview.
Punk first discusses Dragon Ball FighterZ and the recent surge in attention his exhibitions have brought the game. Last week’s clash with Kofi “Koustics” Miller stirred up a ton of attention as Punk relentlessly, but charismatically, defeated his opponent, and then went on to further taunt on social media by posting footage of his taking some local friends out for some higher priced steak dinners.
— Panda | Punk (@PunkDaGod) January 8, 2022
This drama was eaten right up by the community as many posted reactions to the trash talk as well as to the fact that Woodley’s presence is a good look for DBFZ. Below we see such reactions from both Justin Wong and PG|Hook Gang God:
Punk playing dbfz is what we needed on god
— Panda | HookGangGod (@HookGangGod) January 8, 2022
Damn @PunkDaGod gonna be the reason why NA will get better in DBFZ
— Justin Wong (@JWonggg) January 8, 2022
The young pro continues to walk the fine line of being an FGC villain, of sorts, without being overly off-putting. Beyond his mic drop moments with Koustics, he’s also been known to speak his mind even when the content isn’t likely to be well-received.
Ernesto recalls Punk’s Street Fighter League (NSFW language warning) heated backstage run in with Gustavo “801 Strider” Romero back in late 2020 as well as his post Capcom Pro Tour qualifier win interview this year, wherein he had no qualms saying he’d be spending most of his time playing Guilty Gear instead of training, digging at Street Fighter 5’s netcode woes.
We’ll let you get into it via the embed below, (warning that there’s some NSFW language in it) but please share your thoughts and reactions in the comments once you’ve had a chance to watch.