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Published on April 21st, 2017 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Preview: ELEAGUE Street Fighter® V Invitational Celebrity Showdown

Shaquille O’Neal, Lupe Fiasco, Reggie Bush & Natalie Eva Marie face off in ELEAGUE Street Fighter® V (@ELinvitational celebrity showdown, Friday, April 28, at 10 p.m. ET on TBS

Street Fighter® V Tournament Will Raise Money for Each Celebrity’s Charity of Choice

Turner and IMG’s ELEAGUE Street Fighter® V Invitational Celebrity Showdown will feature basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, Grammy-winning recording artist and fighting game enthusiast Lupe Fiasco, Super Bowl Champion Reggie Bush and pro wrestling star Natalie Eva Marie in a Street Fighter® V tournament televised on TBS, Friday, April 28, at 10 p.m. ET.

The celebrities will compete to raise money for the charities of their choice. O’Neal will support the Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund, Fiasco will support his foundation M.U.R.A.L. (Magnifying Urban Realities and Affecting Lives), Bush will support the 619 Charitable Fund and Marie will support the American Cancer Society.

Tournament Format

The single-elimination tournament will consist of two first-round matches and a winner’s match (three matches total). The champion will earn a majority of the prize pool, with all other participants receiving a portion of the funds for their charities.

ELEAGUE Street Fighter® V Invitational host Richard Lewis, along with analysts Steve “Tasty Steve” Scott, Zhi “Zhieeep” Liang Chew, Stephen “Sajam” Lyon, Reepal “Rip” Parbhoo and reporter Malik Forte will serve as game coaches for the celebrities.

More about ELEAGUE

Fans can watch live “Group B” coverage of the ELEAGUE Street Fighter® V Invitational tomorrow, Friday, April 21, beginning at 6 p.m. ET across Twitch and YouTube, with live showcase matches airing on TBS at 10 p.m. For the latest on ELEAGUE, visit or follow ELEAGUE on Facebook ( and Twitter (@EL).

Bonus: Behind the scenes


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