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Smash pro Salem slammed for not shaking Armada’s hand at Mainstage

Published: 22/Sep/2019 23:48 Updated: 23/Sep/2019 2:42

by Andrew Amos


Controversial Smash Ultimate pro Saleem ‘Salem’ Akiel Young has been criticized for not shaking Melee legend Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren’s hand at Mainstage following their set.

Mainstage marked Super Smash. Bros Melee icon Armada’s return to competitive play. The celebrated player has taken up content creation in the downtime, streaming on Twitch and uploading guides on Youtube so fans can emulate the abilities of one of the best Smash players of all time.


However, tensions rose once the member of the Five Gods of Smash came up against Salem at the event.

Beyond The SummitArmada made his return to pro Smash this weekend at Mainstage.

The two matched up in the lower bracket at the tournament, with the winner securing themselves a spot in the top 16. While many were hopeful for a competitive matchup, Salem managed to run away with a convincing 3-0 sweep over the Melee legend.


It wasn’t what happened in game that had people talking though – it was what was happening on stage. The former Team Liquid player got up from his chair and didn’t even acknowledge his opponent on stage, storming off without shaking his hand.

The unsportsmanlike move immediately got fans fired up. Reddit user ‘SuperSceptile2821’ called Salem’s antics a “real asshole move,” and that sentiment has been echoed across all platforms.

He was also criticized for not showing the same amount of respect for Armada as he did William “Leffen” Hjelte. After losing to the TSM player, Salem accepted a fist bump in defeat, even though he has expressed his contempt towards him.


“Didn’t see you turning down Leffen’s fist bump, despite not liking him,” said Twitter user ‘areallyloudguy‘.

Armada himself expressed his disappointment with Salem’s antics, describing his opponent’s behavior as “pathetic.”

However, the Snake main came out and said that he isn’t obliged to shake the hand of his opponents, and clapped back at his critics. 


“The only unsportsmanlike thing here is trying to berate someone because you think you deserve something, something that is in fact someone else’s decision to make.”

Salem has been blasted in the past for comments regarding Melee’s place in the Smash community. In a series of tweets in December 2018, the Ultimate player said that “Melee isn’t part of the actual Smash community,” with the catchphrase “years of research” becoming a meme after the saga. 


He also threw shade at idolized members of the Melee community, including Armada. Salem called the icon “a one trick pony” as well as discrediting the achievements of the decade-long professional, which includes multiple EVO titles.

Salem is still running his way through the Mainstage bracket after making top eight, with spots at Smash Ultimate Summit 2 on the line. A top six finish will secure him a spot at the 16-man tournament on October 24.


Minecraft Smash Ultimate leaker teases Ryu Hayabusa DLC fighter

Published: 6/Oct/2020 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam


An established Super Smash Bros Ultimate leaker who has leaked several of the game’s fighters before and after launch, including Minecraft’s Steve, has returned with some comments on Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa.

Vergeben, who is one of the most reputable leakers in the Smash community having leaked many of the game’s fighters, was asked about rumors of Hayabusa joining the roster.


The Ninja Gaiden protagonist has long been a fan-favorite to join the Nintendo fighting game, and has even been rumored. Amusingly, he had been discussed even before Fighters Pass Volume 2, along with Minecraft content.

“I remember you mentioned in the past that you heard that there were talks about Ryu Hayabusa being one of the fighters but in the end, he may have been delayed to enter the second wave of DLC,” a user remarked the leaker on GameFaqs.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden in Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2
Koei Tecmo/Nintendo
Ryu has been rumored for a long time.

“Now that Minecraft content finally came and as how Sakurai mentioned he reworked all stages to add the blocks gimmick to the game, it is possible that Hayabusa may also be coming?” the user asked.

To this, Vergeben simply replied: “Stay tuned?”

“I’ll keep looking into it. But the discussions did happen with Koei Tecmo in regards to Smash,” he continued, seemingly confirming that Koei Tecmo was in fact in talks to bring a character to the game.

Leaker comments on Ryu coming to Smash
The leaker has teased news coming with Koei Tecmo in Smash.

He further added that due to Nintendo’s positive relationship with Koei Tecmo, it’s unlikely that the discussions “ fell through and didn’t result in anything.”

As it’s been established, the discussions to get Minecraft into Smash took five years, so it’s clear that adding certain characters can be a long process.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden staring at castle
Ninja Gaiden has a history on Nintendo consoles.

This all said, the discussions with Koei Tecmo may also have potentially resulted in a different representative joining Smash Ultimate such as a character from Dead or Alive, Fatal Frame, or even Dynasty Warriors.


Only time will tell if this ends up being yet another thing that Vergeben has been right about.