We’ve gotten through Christmas, so it’s time to dig up our living-and-breathing preview for 16 Carat Gold 2023…

Running from March 9 through 12 in Oberhausen, this’ll be the 17th Carat – and perhaps the first full-size Carat since the pandemic, unless we’ve just jinxed it and ushered in restrictions again!

16 Carat Gold Entrants
We’ve got 11 of 16 names confirmed – with two coming from the Road to 16 Carat Gold tournament in Bielefeld in mid-February…

FRANCESCO AKIRA
Last Year in Carat: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

TRISTAN ARCHER
Last Year in Carat: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

SHIGEHIRO IRIE
Last Year in Carat: 2022
Best Finish: Semi-Finalist (2022, lost to Jonathan Gresham)

KOMANDER
Last Year in Carat: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

MAGGOT
Last Year in Carat: 2022
Best Finish: Quarter-Finalist (2022, lost to LuFisto)

METEHAN
Last Year in Carat: 2022
Best Finish: Winner (2019, as Lucky Kid)

TREY MIGUEL
Last Year in Carat: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

DAVEY RICHARDS
Last Year in Carat: 2011
Best Finish: Semi-Finalist (2011, lost to Sami Callihan)

JURN SIMMONS
Last Year in Carat: 2020
Best Finish: Semi-Finalist (2020, lost to Mike Bailey)

MASHA SLAMOVICH
Last Year in Carat: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

PETER TIHANYI
Last Year in Carat: 2022
Best Finish: Quarter-Finalist (2022, lost to Jonathan Gresham)

Shows

Inner Circle
The Thursday-before-Carat show is sold out, for the first pre-Carat show in Gelsenkirchen. Doors for this are at 6.30pm, with a 7pm bell time…

16 Carat Gold – Night One
As is the norm, night one is all about the first round of Carat – with an alternate’s match likely to fill in the pre-show slot. 6pm doors, 8pm bell time for this one, as the first round card will be decided after the final two qualifiers are decided in Bielefeld.

wXw NOW & Friends Showcase Event
Following up on the last Showcase event, wXw is running this one back – with some different promotions involved. Doors for this one are 11am on Saturday, with a noon bell time as the first of three shows in the Turbinenhalle…

ACTION (USA)
APC (France)
BODYSLAM! (Denmark)
ICW (Scotland) – promoting an ICW World Heavyweight Championship match as Leyton Buzzard defends vs. Vaughn Vertigo
Passion Pro (Hungary)
PROGRESS (England)
Pro Wrestling Österreich (Austria)
SMASH (Canada)

Ambition 14
An afternoon matinee here, with 2.15pm for doors and 3pm bell time for wXw’s regular shoot-style tournament, along with a pair of showcase fights…

FUMINORE ABE
Best Finish: Finalist (2022)

BOBBY GUNNS
Best Finish: Winner (2022)

KEVIN LLOYD
Best Finish: First Round (Wildcard Edition/2019 & 2020)

FAST TIME MOODO
Best Finish: N/A

DAVEY RICHARDS
Best Finish: N/A

LAURANCE ROMAN
Best Finish: First Round (2018/2019/2022)

THOMAS SHIRE
Best Finish: N/A

PETER TIHANYI
Best Finish: N/A

16 Carat Gold – Night Two
“Championship Saturday,” is typically is where the spotlight of the entire weekend falls. Doors are at 6pm, with first bell at 7.30pm. So far, nothing is announced, but there’s usually the big title match in addition to the Carat quarter-finals…

wXw We Love Wrestling
Sunday kicks off with a We Love Wrestling show taping that has our name on it (literally)… Doors for this are at 11.15am with bell time at 12 noon…

16 Carat Gold – Night Three
Your semi-finals and finals go here, along with other matches that typically set the table for the remainder of the year. Doors open a little earlier at 4pm, with opening bell at 5pm.