Names are starting to fall into place, so let’s take a look at the runners and the riders for a rather different-looking 16 Carat Gold!

Running from March 6 through 8 in Oberhausen, this will be the 15th Carat and once again features a mixture of big names from around the world and wXw’s regulars. We’ll update this and add in some predictions nearer the time…

16 Carat Gold Entrants
The line-up is now complete, as you’ll see below. With NXT UK taping on the Friday and Saturday of Carat weekend, anyone contracted there is off-limits, so we’ve got a lot of newer names to wXw, making for almost a Battle of Los Angeles-like line-up. The last two names on the list (after Mike Bailey) are spoilers for the February 8 tournament from Obertraubling…

Lucky Kid
Last Year: Winner
Best Finish: Winner (2019)

Daniel Makabe
Last Year: Did Not Enter; Finalist in 2019’s Ambition Wildcard Edition tournament
Best Finish: No prior 16 Carat Gold experience

Lio Rush
Last Year: Did Not Enter
Best Finish: No prior 16 Carat Gold experience

Bandido
Last Year: Did Not Enter
Best Finish: No prior 16 Carat Gold experience

Black Taurus
Last Year: Did Not Enter
Best Finish: No prior 16 Carat Gold experience

Cara Noir
Last Year: Did Not Enter
Best Finish: No prior 16 Carat Gold experience

Jurn Simmons
Last Year: First Round (lost to Avalanche)
Best Finish: First Round (2019)

Alexander James
Last Year: Did Not Enter
Best Finish: First Round (2018)

Marius al-Ani
Last Year: First Round (lost to Marcel Barthel/Axel Dieter Jr.)
Best Finish: Quarter-Finalist (2017)

Eddie Kingston
Last Year: Did Not Enter
Best Finish: Quarter-Finalist (2013)

Shigehiro Irie
Last Year: Quarter-Finalist (lost to Avalanche); Won Ambition 10
Best Finish: Quarter-Finalist (2019)

Puma King
Last Year: Did Not Enter
Best Finish: No prior 16 Carat Gold experience

Chris Ridgeway
Last Year: Did Not Enter; Semi-Finalist at Ambition 10
Best Finish: No prior 16 Carat Gold experience

Mike Bailey
Last Year: Did Not Enter
Best Finish: Quarter-Finalist (2017)

Julian Pace
Last Year: Did Not Enter – was involved in the alternate’s four-way
Best Finish: No prior 16 Carat Gold experience

The Rotation
Last Year: Did Not Enter
Best Finish: No prior 16 Carat Gold experience

Inner Circle
The Thursday-before-Carat show is already sold out, so if you don’t have a ticket, you’re going to be best served waiting for it to drop on wXw NOW – and if you’re looking for an announced card, well, wXw’s teasing that this will be a mystery show, so expect surprises, because that’s all that’s confirmed!

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.

16 Carat Gold – Night Two
The four quarter-finals take place here, along with several other matches – including a title vs. career main event:

wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship: David Starr vs. Bobby Gunns (c) – if Starr loses, he leaves wXw.

Ambition 12
wXw’s single-elimination, shoot-style tournament returns for the fourth time in a year, having been seen in wXw’s trip to Toronto last summer and of course as part of World Tag Team Festival last October in Oberhausen. So far the following names have been announced for Ambition:

Mike Bailey
Previous Ambition Experience: Finalist at Ambition 9 (2018)

Scotty Davis
Previous Ambition Experience: Went out in the first round at Ambition: Wild Card Edition (2019)

Tyson Dux
Previous Ambition Experience: No prior tournament entries; lost to Yuki Ishikawa in the Super Fight at Ambition 11 (2019)

Kevin Lloyd
Previous Ambition Experience: Went out in the first round at Ambition: Wild Card Edition (2019)

Daniel Makabe
Previous Ambition Experience: Finalist at Ambition: Wild Card Edition (2019)

Veit Müller
Previous Ambition Experience: Went out in the first round at Ambition 10 (2019)

Chris Ridgeway
Previous Ambition Experience: Semi-Finalist at Ambition 10 (2019)

Rust Taylor
Previous Ambition Experience: Semi-Finalist at Ambition: Wild Card Edition (2019)

In addition to the tournament, we’ve got these two fights:

Next Generation Ambition Fight: Ethan Allen vs. Luke Jacobs – these two have been tearing it up around the North West of England as the Young Guns, but their match at Tetsujin last year – refereed by Tassilo Jung – opened a lot of eyes… and so that match is coming to Germany!

Super Fight: Daisuke Ikeda vs. Yuki Ishikawa

wXw NOW Showcase Event
This is exclusively made up of offer matches from Bodyslam! (Denmark), CZW (USA), BEW (UK), Rising Sun (Italy), SMASH (Canada), WrestlingKult (Germany) and WhiteWolf (Spain) – and we have a card too!

SMASH – Brent Banks vs. Tarik vs. Tyson Dux vs. Sebastian Suave
CZW – Joe Gacy vs. Anthony Greene
WhiteWolf – Kaiden vs. Rizo
BEW – Lexa Valo vs. Kat von Kaige
Bodyslam! – Peter Olisander vs. Emeritus vs. Michael Fynne
WrestlingKult – Carnage vs. Mexxberg
Rising Sun – Luca de Pazzi vs. Nicolo Inverardi

wXw We Love Wrestling Feature Event
Sandwiched in on Sunday lunchtime, for those whose heads aren’t quite as sore after the after party, the old Shotgun slot is once again being used to tape a wXw feature event. Given that wXw’s taking part in WrestleMania weekend again, this could well become a Road to Tampa-style event, with no card announced ahead of time. Talent announced for the card so far:

WALTER

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.

Aside from Inner Circle, every wXw card on Carat weekend will be taking place within Turbinenhalle 1 – there’s no lap around the building to get into the Steffy this year! Remaining tickets for 16 Carat Gold weekend events are on sale via Eventbrite – for further details and event timings, check out wxw-wrestling.com