Today ELEAGUE announces the second annual Street Fighter V Celebrity Showdown, which will see Shaquille O’Neal, former WWE Superstar Natalie Eva Marie, World Series champion Jimmy Rollins, and 13 year NBA veteran Baron Davis going head to head for the charity of their choice! Plus, Shaq and Eva will have their hotly anticipated rematch after Shaq’s controversial victory last year, and Eva is looking for revenge!
The Celebrity Showdown takes place on TBS tomorrow, Friday, June 29, at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The full press release is below:
“Shaquille O’Neal, Jimmy Rollins, Baron Davis & Natalie Eva Marie Compete in ELEAGUE Street Fighter® V Invitational 2018 Celebrity Showdown, Friday, June 29, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS
Street Fighter® V: Arcade Edition Charity Tournament Features Anticipated O’Neal vs. Marie Rematch
Turner and IMG’s second annual ELEAGUE Street Fighter® V Invitational 2018 Celebrity Showdown will feature basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, World Series Champion Jimmy Rollins, 13-year NBA veteran Baron Davis and former professional wrestler Natalie Eva Marie in a Street Fighter® V: Arcade Edition charity tournament televised on TBS, tomorrow, Friday, June 29, at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
During the inaugural Showdown, O’Neal pulled off a “controversial” upset victory over avid Street Fighter player Marie, setting up this year’s anticipated rematch.
The celebrities are competing to raise money for the charities of their choice with O’Neal supporting the Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund, Rollins playing for The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation, Davis on behalf of The Drew League and Marie for A21.
The single-elimination tournament consists of two first-round matches and a winner’s match (three matches total). The champion earns a majority of the prize money for their charity, with all other participants receiving a portion for their charities as well.
ELEAGUE Street Fighter® V Invitational analysts Steve “Tasty Steve” Scott, Zhi “Zhieeep” Liang Chew, Stephen “Sajam” Lyon and Reepal “Rip” Parbhoo serve as game coaches for the celebrities, with Josh Gray as the emcee.”
Kevin has been a fan of fighting games since he first walked up to a Marvel vs. Capcom cabinet at the tender age of 8 at the local arcade. (Kids ask your parents what an “arcade” is) He may not be very good, but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying them.