wXw has announced the next name for 2019’s 16 Carat Gold tournament. wXw legend Ilja Dragunov will be taking part in the 2019 iteration. Dragunov is a former 16 Carat Gold winner and he hopes to join the exclusive 2 time winner’s club. Ilja has been heavily linked to WWE recently, specifically the NXT UK brand.
wXw and WWE have been working together recently with tryouts taking place in Germany for NXT. The German company are apparently part of the ‘greenlit’ promotions for NXT UK talent to perform in, alongside PROGRESS, Fight Club: Pro, OTT and ICW.
This follows the news that NXT Superstar Axel Dieter Jr/Marcel Barthel will be making his way home to Germany. The former wXw and PROGRESS star will be in Oberhausen March 8th-10th to take part in the prestigious event. Other names confirmed for the tournament include WALTER, Daisuke Sekimoto, Pentagon Jr, Fenix, Jurn Simmons. Chris Brookes, Timothy Thatcher, Shigehiro Irie, Mark Davis, “Avalanche” Robert Dreissker, David Starr and Rey Horus.
Dieter Jr recently appeared as part of the company’s Anniversary event. The NXT Superstar took part in a six-man tag team match alongside Ringkampf members Timothy Thatcher and WALTER. The team faced NXT UK Superstars Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate.