Kenny Omega Co-Hosts Capcom Cup 2019 Street Fighter V Finals


by in Fighting Game News | Dec, 12th 2019

Lifelong gaming fan/professional wrestler Kenny Omega is playing a pivotal role in this year’s Street Fighter V finals during the Capcom Cup 2019 as a co-host of the event.

I enjoy watching Street Fighter V already, but one of my heroes, someone I look up to, will be co-hosting the event. That’s even more reason to tune in. Not to mention, he also played Mayor Cody in the reveal of the character.

Capcom Cup 2019 Street Fighter V Details

All roads lead to the Capcom Cup 2019 for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition fans. There’s $250,000 in the prize pool, and players around the globe do battle for a year to earn a place at the table. There are 32 qualification spots to be picked up, and some real all-stars are coming to this year’s event.

For those that didn’t quite get here, there’s also Friday’s “Last Chance” Qualifier. There 243 entrants confirmed to compete for the final spot in the Capcom Cup 2019, and it’s a double-elimination tournament. These matches are best-of-three, except for the top eight (best-of-five).

Saul Leonardo Mena “MenaRD” Segundo, Hiromiki “Itabashi Zangief” Kumada, Naoki “make” Nakayama, Alex Valle, Riki Ortiz and many more are competing. It’s the best of the best of our community, and I’m so excited for it. The Last Chance qualifier begins Friday, December 13 at 10 AM PT.

Tentative Prize Pool

Place Prize
1st $120,000
2nd $50,000
3rd $21,500
4th $12,500
5th-6th $9,000
7th-8th $5,000
9th-12th $2,000
13th-16th $1,000
17th-24th $500
25th-32nd $250

Please note that this will change with the purchases made of the Capcom Pro Tour DLC on both PS4 and PC.

Who Is Kenny Omega?

It’s not often I get to talk about my favorite professional wrestlers in my work, either here or in my previous writing job. Kenny Omega wrestles for the promotion founded by Tony Khan (co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars), All Elite Wrestling.

Kenny Omega is also an EVP of AEW Wrestling and is the current AAA Mega Champion. He also has a nice long list of accomplishments, including:

  • 1x IWGP Heavyweight Champion
  • 1x IWGP Intercontinental Champion
  • 1x IWGP United States Champion (inaugural)
  • Sports Illustrated’s Wrestler of the Year (2017)
  • PWI 500’s Wrestler of the Year (2018)
  • 3x NIkkan Sports Match of the Year Winner (2016-2018)
  • 2x Pro Wrestling Illustrated Match of the Year Winner (2017-2018)
  • 3x Tokyo Sports Best Bout Award Winner (2010, 2017-2018)

I expect we can see behind-the-scenes interviews with players and other influencers, as well as analysis of the competition. Omega has long-since bridged the gap between wrestling and gaming, even from the first parts of his career. From using Zangief’s Final Atomic Buster in a match to competing against Xavier Woods in Street Fighter, he’s done it all.

As a lifelong Street Fighter fan, Kenny Omega spoke about this opportunity ahead of Capcom Cup 2019:

“Whether it be the World Series, Super Bowl, or Capcom Cup, there’s nothing more captivating than watching the greatest athletes in your sport of choice, do what they do best. No matter where I am on the globe, I never miss the Capcom Cup, and this year I get to see it from the best seat in the house. Best of luck to everyone competing.”

Don’t miss out on all the action this weekend at the Capcom Cup 2019 as it happens live on Twitch.

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