Alex Shelley won't be appearing at wXw in Germany this weekend due to potential coronavirus exposure. Shelley was scheduled to compete at the 16 Carat Gold event, which runs from Mar. 6 through Mar. 8.
Shelley posted the following statement, explaining his decision.
“To anyone who cares: I will not be coming to wXw this weekend. I have my own ideas of what the Corona Virus is and why it exists (Transmitted by fish and bat? Xenosuperbug that just so happened to shut down a major economic force? Pangolins are my favorite animal. you bastards!) but two things that are very real would be the fact that it makes people sick and has caused immense risk within the travel industry. Logistically and biochemically. As many of you know, I work. I have a regular job. Like you. And many of my patients need me. Some of them are also very immunocompromised. Even if I don’t get sick, I could be a potential vector. As much as I want to finally wrestle in a legendary venue against someone awesome. I have to do what’s right by my ethical compass. I hope you understand. If your mother. brother, lover, any other sucker was being treated by a clinician, I believe we can agree we would want them to knowingly minimize their risk of exposure to an epidemic. Thanks for your understanding and support. Slay rad.”
wXw posted a statement as well, saying they understand his decision.
We do understand Alex’ decision and hope to be working with him in the future. As there is a lot of insecurity regarding travel to Germany and events in Germany at this time we will not be bringing in last minute replacements for #wXw16Carat.— wXw Germany (@wXwGermany) March 2, 2020
Fightful will have full results from each 16 Carat Gold event following its conclusion this weekend.