Posted 28 May 2012 - 09:36 AM
Slade wins for the following reasons:
1) Better fighter - Wolverine's list of fighters can include Deathstrike, and Mariko's dad, or SIlver Samurai, or DD, or Punisher; his list of conquests however, is grey, instead of black and White. He was on the ropes against these fighters every time (almost) they faced, and it was pretty much one on one. They are at best, hand to hand combatants who go for the jugular, instead of staying 'inner calm' calm, and dropping their opponent with ease with the minutest of movements. DD, by far would be the most 'level headed', and he drew all stops before either losing, pulling a draw, or getting a 'consolation' win.
Stroke's famous one feat puts him above Wolverine immediately: Taking on multiple super powered beings, who are trained to work in tandem, and keeping them on the ropes. These include, the fastest, the ones with reach, the one with utterance effect, the one with slam and drop reflex, the one with marksmanship, the one with a powerful universal weapon. True, he lost in the end, only because he let his 'demons' get in his own way. Whether it was prep, or whether it was not, it is a feat, that even with prep, I can't see folks pull off, without over the top powers. Plus, Deathstroke has bested Batman, on the fly too, not with loads of prep.
2) This fight has been relayed before. Even though folks will come out and say 'non-cannon', please allow me to correct that notion: Cannon might be regular continuity. Non-cannon is 'non-regular, out of continuity' occurrence. That does not allow it to be just discarded. Titans/X-men happened, was penned by scribes from both DC and Marvel, and they decided mutually, or begrudgingly to the outcome of a Titans and X-men charge at Stroke. Stroke downed Wolverine in seconds in that fight, a'la staff strike to the heart, with just enough pressure to cut the blood supply for that precious time, and knock him out. I believe that was only another instant of Stroke taking on a 'team' and out brawling them. It is typical of Stroke, it adds up, and with seemingly 'inferior' fighters with regards to experience, and fighting skills, he trumps them, a correct implication. Hence, I take my cue from there as well. Again, scribes agreed on it, it was not fan vote, and not 'favourism'. He dropped 'Rine before, and did it in typical, convincing fashion.
There are other reasons, but these two will suffice. Deathstroke does not need to 'kill' Wolverine to beat him. Most likely, Wolverine will fight 'out of element' in a rage, and that is the 'window' Stroke needs to lure him close enough, avert the initial Wolverine rush or salvo, take in the info. and then decide that this beat ain't going down with a kill stroke, but can be brought down with a little strike to the heart. Nothing stops him there.
- He is a more articulate figher
- Better hand to hand fighter
- Better reflex oriented fighter
- better defensive fighter
- Able to use more than 85% of his brain while in heat of combat
That last point? No other fighter in marvel or DC boasts it. Not to be underestimated by any degree, and rather an overwhelming factor against Wolverine going in this fight. Brains over brawn, savvy and improvisation over rage and adrenaline. A no show for Wolverine.