Lio Rush Facing Alexander James On wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament; First Round Matches Announced

The 16 Carat Gold tournament field is set. 

wXw announced all 16 competitors and the eight first round matches that will take place on the first day of the tournament, taking place in Oberhausen, Germany from March 6 to 8.

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Perhaps the most notable name in the tournament is current NXT star and former Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush, who is facing Alexander James. Other notable names participating in the tournament are Puma King, Mike Bailey and Eddie Kingston among others.

Below are the first round matches for the 16 Carat Gold tournament.

* Marius Al-Ani vs. Cara Noir

* Lio Rush vs. Alexander James

* Bandido vs. Julian Pace

* Daniel Makabe vs. Eddie Kingston

* The Rotation vs. Puma King

* Chris Ridgeway vs. Mike Bailey

* Black Taurus vs. Shigehiro Irie

* Lucky Kid vs. Jurn Simmons

The tournament has been running every year since 2006 when Baron von Hagen won the tournament. Since then, notable names such as Kassius Ohno, Walter, Shingo Takagi, Sami Zayn, Zack Sabre Jr., Ilja Dragunov and Aleister Black have gone on to win the entire tournament.

Previously announced for the three-day event is Timothy Thatcher teaming up with Yuki Ishikawa to face NXT UK Champion Walter and Daisuke Ikeda. In other wXw news, the promotion announced that Melanie Gray suffered an injury and will not face Amale for the wXw Women's Championship during the three-day event.

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