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After looking closer at the statues in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition's Ring of Prosperity stage I'm still not fully sure who Bison is wrestling

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 31, 2020 at 8:12 a.m. PDT • Comments: 79

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition saw the addition of some new content earlier this week. The Capcom Pro Tour 2020 DLC bundle not only saw the completion of its unveiling, but now the new bits of content shown are available to use in-game.

On top of iDom's Champion's Choice costume for Laura, the new Ring of Prosperity stage featuring a Gill colosseum scene was added, and prominently displayed in the background of this backdrop are interesting statues depicting a handful of the world warriors. Now that we have the stage on-hand and I've taken a closer look at it, I'm still not fully sure who Bison's statue is wrestling with.

Upon the initial reveal of this new stage, the attention of the fans was quickly caught by these stone set pieces. Ryu is seen near the center of the stage holding a discus likely to simulate the Street Fighter poster boy's projectile-throwing ways.

Guile stands opposite of Ryu, arm cocked back and mid-throw of a large spear — again, a reference to projectiles.

To the right of the stage we clearly see Zangief pinning an opponent down to the ground. Though we can't see the other statue's face, this pretty clearly appears to be Alex due to the piece of the bandanna hanging down.

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As we slide back over to the left, a glorious M. Bison statue can be seeing locking horns with an opponent. And here is where things get a little tricky.

When the trailer debuted, I saw some claiming that Bison's wrestling buddy was Urien. Now that we can look at more closely, though, I don't feel this is the case.

The two potential candidates I think this might be are Nash and Ed. However, because of the way the statue is position and how much of Bison is covering of the top of the fighter's head, it's harder to say.

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Both Nash and Ed have ties to Bison, so pairing them up would make sense from the get-go. Nash has a deep hatred for M. Bison and Shadaloo, and in Street Fighter 5 the character's main mission is to find that rascal and take him down.

Ed, on the other hand, is the Psycho Power-wielding pupil of Balrog. He was captured by Shadaloo and was meant to be a substitute body for Bison.

Both characters make sense here, and depending on how you look at it, it could be one or the other.

The main detail we're looking at is the piece over the eyes. To me, this either looks like the bill of Ed's Neo Shadaloo cap or an eye covering to symbolize Nash's glasses — since we're going with the old Greek theme here and contemporary glasses probably wouldn't look right.

Ed's cap sees the bill moved off to the side with a flap of hair underneath it, which makes me believe this statue might be him. Although, Nash has similar hair (though not exactly the same), and the bill of Bison's cap creates a bit of an optical illusion and looks like the tip of the front of Nash's hair at a glance. The top of the character's head also seems to come to a point, but we can't see what's there due to Bison covering it.

All of the other statues also hail from Season 1 of Street Fighter 5, which would make an argument for Nash as Ed didn't come around until Season 2. But at the end of the day — and after looking at these screenshots for way too long — I think Bison's opponent might be Ed.

At this point, it's also possible that I'm entirely off and it's neither. So, let us know in the comments who you think it is.

If you'd like to grab the Ring of Prosperity stage and all of the other CPT 2020 DLC, you can do so for $19.99 USD. Included in the package, you'll also receive iDom's costume, special costumes for Gill and Lucia, a new color for the entire roster, and more.

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