As announced today, Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix have withdrawn from the wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament in March (9/03-11/03 2018). Matt Sydal and Matt Riddle will be replacing the Lucha Brothers in the tournament.
The reason being the Lucha Underground tapings in that time period. There is no word on the status of Jeff Cobb yet. Replacements were announced immediately:
We regret to inform you that due to the scheduled tapings for the next Lucha Underground season @PentaEl0M and @ReyFenixMX have withdrawn from #wXw16Carat. Their spots are taken by @findevan and @SuperKingofBros pic.twitter.com/Y0kbrSzeqd
— wXw Germany (@wXwGermany) December 31, 2017
wXw 16 Carat Gold: Current Field of Participants
Currently, there are 9 competitors announced for the 16 Carat Gold: Jeff Cobb, Matt Riddle, Matt Sydal, Chris Brookes, Mark Haskins, Travis Banks, Jonah Rock, Avalanche and Jurn Simmons. One place will be given to the winner of the Road to 16 Carat Gold tournament which takes place during the shows leading up to the 3-day spectacle.
wXw 16 Carat Gold: The New Additions
The former Evan Bourne is known for his high flying abilities and dives. He was with WWE for a couple of years, as well as NJPW, where he held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Ricochet. He is the current Impact Grand Champion. Riddle is a former UFC fighter and had one of the best years in his young wrestling career. He is one-half of the PWG World Tag Team champions together with Jeff Cobb as The Chosen Bros. Riddle is a former WWN champion until he lost to Keith Lee in a Last Man Standing Match. He was also a former 2x PROGRESS Atlas Champion and a semi-finalist in the 16 Carat Gold 2017 and AMBITION tournament winner.
It will be very interesting to see if the two Chosen Bros will be going against each other in the tournament. Matt Riddle will be going in as one of the favorites after the success he had in the 2017 edition. Matt Sydal is the right choice when it comes to finding someone that matches the high flying move set of Rey Fenix.