The newest ad for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition‘s new DLC release features two of the world’s most prominent professional wrestlers.
The unlikely duo helped unveil the appearance of Cody in Street Fighter V. Xavier Woods, part of the WWE’s The New Day and Kenny Omega, leader of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Bullet Club faction played opposite one another in the ad, unveiled at Combo Breaker 2018 on Sunday in St. Charles, IL.
— Street Fighter (@StreetFighter) May 28, 2018
Cody, who has previously appeared in both the Street Fighter and Final Fight series, becomes part of Street Fighter V through next release in the game’s Season 3 Character Pack on June 26th. Previous releases in Season 3 included Sakura and Blanka. This is not the first time that these two real-life fighters have competed on the virtual stage. Friends off-screen, Woods and Omega battled in a Street Fighter V exhibition match at CEO 2016. CEO and New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced a special co-branded show in Daytona Beach on June 29.
Beyond their adversarial relationship within the Fighting Game Community, Kenny and Xavier have contributed individually to the FGC and gaming community at large. Xavier runs the WWE’s UpUpDownDown YouTube channel. Kenny, an avid gamer and fighting game fan in his own right had his NJPW faction: the Bullet Club represented in Tekken 7, through a special NJPW x Tekken Cross-Promotion last year. The content drop included Bullet Club T-Shirts and an alternate move-set for King.
Kenny Omega, who currently wrestles for multiple promotions across the globe including New Japan Pro Wrestling confirmed the news on Twitter.
A little something I worked on in secrecy. A proud moment to assume the role of my favorite SF fighter! Thanks to @CapcomFighters and all of the kind staff I met on set. You were all great. (Well, I never met the guy on the phone but I’m sure you’re swell) https://t.co/InqpbHWOJR
— Kenny Omega (@KennyOmegamanX) May 28, 2018
Xavier Woods, appears on the phone via voice hinted at his appearance as well.
I wonder who would be taunting Mayor Cody like that??? https://t.co/pL9PmkjWch
— Austin Creed (@XavierWoodsPhD) May 28, 2018
It is quite surprising that both talents were allowed to share the same screen as WWE talent typically will not appear on-screen with wrestling talent from other competing promotions.