Watch celebrity Street Fighter V tournament featuring Shaquille O’Neal next week

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal set to compete in Street Fighter V on ELeague. (ELeague)

ELeague has announced a Street Fighter V Invitational “Celebrity Showdown” taking place Friday, April 28 on TBS.

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, Grammy-winning musician and Daigo Umehara-slayer Lupe Fiasco, Super Bowl champion Reggie Bush, and pro wrestler Natalie Eva Marie will battle it out for a charity of their choice in a single elimination tournament.

The tournament will feature three matches total, with the contestants playing first round matches, and the winners competing in a final. The champion will take home the majority of a prize pool for their charity, with the rest of the competitors getting a portion for their respective charities.

Preview: The ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational Celebrity Showdown from Turner Sports on Vimeo.

The competitors will represent the following charities:

Shaquille O’Neal – Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund
Lupe Fiaso – M.U.R.A.L. (Magnifying Urban Realities and Affecting Lives)
Reggie Bush – 619 Charitable Fund
Natalie Eva Marie – American Cancer Society

Marie recently tweeted a tease of a Laura cosplay. If that is any indication of who she mains, she might be a favorite considering Laura is one of the best characters in the game in Season 2.


ELeague Street Fighter V Invitational Group B action will resume Friday, April 21, with Groups C and D picking up after the celebrity event on May 5 and May 12, respectively.

We ranked ELeague’s groups and successfully predicted Victor “Punk” Woodley and Yusuke Momochi as the finalists from Group A.


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