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Ultimate Fan Guide: 2016 X-16 Tournament
The best tournament in the southeast is set for its second run on November 19th and 20th from Charlotte, North Carolina and streaming live both nights on floslam.tv Premiere Wrestling Xperience is set to do it bigger and better the second time around LIVE from the Queen City! The list of participants is more loaded, those participants are hungrier for success and YOU! The PWX faithful are clamoring for the next edition of X-16. Here is all you need to know to prepare yourself for TWO of the biggest nights in independent wrestling this year.
A little over a year ago Premiere Wrestling Xperience introduced X-16. A sixteen man tournament featuring not only the best from the region, but the best worldwide with one goal in mind to advance through the tournament and hoist the X-16 trophy. The 1st annual tournament took place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and immediately gained a lot of respect and notoriety. Over the course of two nights Ethan Case went from tag team technician to main eventer defeating current PWX World Champion "Man Scout" Jake Manning, Trevor Lee, Ricochet, and Cedric Alexander to etch his name into history as the inaugural winner of X-16.
Zack Sabre Jr, 6'0, 181 lbs. - The Pride of the Isle of Sheppey ZSJ is name known worldwide to wrestling fans. The current Pro Wrestling Guerilla Heavyweight Champion and recent WWE Global Cruiserweight Classic standout is no stranger to tournaments having won the 2015 Battle of Los Angeles. No one can underestimate Sabre in this year's X-16 he certainly has all the skills to go all the way.
Matt Riddle: 6'1, 170 lbs.- The only man to be fired from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on a four fight win streak has taken his talents to independent wrestling and he's accomplished a lot in a little bit of time! Starting at the World famous Monster Factory, Riddle quickly became their champion and signed with World Wrestling Network (WWN) becoming fixture in EVOLVE winning this year's Style Battle Tournament. Could another tournament win be in the cards for the former UFC fighter?
Davey Richards: 5'8, 202 lbs.-The most experienced and well-traveled competitor in this year's tournament, Davey Richards has had a phenomenal 12 year career in professional wrestling last competing in Impact Wrestling before being sidelined with an injury. Prior to Impact, Richards competed all over the world including Ring of Honor (ROH), Pro Wrestling Guerilla (PWG), and the top promotions in Japan. Davey racked up tag team titles as well as singles titles, holding both the PWG & ROH World Championships. This will be Richards' first tournament and first appearance in sometime but he's no stranger to tournaments being a winner of The ECWA Super 8 and PWG's Battle of Los Angeles in 2006. 2017 will be the final year for Davey Richards in professional wrestling and he'll be looking to leave a lasting impression starting with X-16.
Ethan Case: 5'8, 220 lbs. - The self-proclaimed "Mr. PWX" has earned a right to that name as the inaugural winner of The X-16. Case went from a tag team champion as a part of Worst Case Scenario (with Elijah Evans IV) to #1 contender to the PWX World Championship following his phenomenal run through last year's tournament. Case defeated Jake Manning, Trevor Lee, Ricochet, and Cedric Alexander in the biggest professional night of his career so far to take the trophy last year. The defending champion is always a dangerous "out" in any tournament and you have to think Case is still a little bit sore he didn't fully transition his win last year into the PWX World Championship and will be battling even harder this year.
Anthony Henry: 5'10, 185 lbs. - The unanimous MVP of Premiere Wrestling Xperience for 2016 has been unstoppable since repairing his relationship with his other half Amber Young and forming The Lethal Lovers. Henry has had a laundry list of memorable wins this year over Tommaso Ciampa, Sami Callihan, Roderick Strong, Moose, and Matt Riddle he has challenged himself against the very best yet still has a very clear goal, The PWX World Championship. A lot of things are happening for Anthony Henry with a recent EVOLVE debut and more marquee shows upcoming. The Lethal Lovers are all business, all the time and now that Henry has his spot in X-16 he could be the biggest thing standing in the way of the fifteen other competitors in this year's tournament.
Trevor Lee: 6'0, 225 lbs.- Born and raised in the Carolinas, the current CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Trevor Lee has already had a tremendous career at the young age of 23 and when you talk about marquee wins you must include the name of Trevor Lee. A former Impact Wrestling X Division Champion and tag team champion Trevor has found great success on the west coast for Pro Wrestling Guerilla (PWG) holding victories over current ROH World Champion Adam Cole, Chris Hero, Michael Elgin, and current WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion Kevin Owens (fka as Kevin Steen). With a track record like that, his standout performances the last two years in Battle of Los Angeles and a pedigree instilled by the state's most famous tag team Matt & Jeff Hardy anyone who matches up with at X-16 had better be on their A game.
Martin Stone: 6'0, 240 lbs.- Another of the United Kingdom's top talents Martin Stone who made his PWX debut in October defeating Corey Hollis via submission impressed PWX management enough to earn a spot in this year's tournament. Stone competed and won multiple championships throughout Europe and has had stints with both World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on NXT as well as Impact Wrestling. Stone, a 13 year veteran of professional wrestling is a genuine tough guy and a well-balanced mat technician who could cause a shakeup in this year's X-16.
Corey Hollis: 5'7, 189 lbs. - The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native has carved out a home for himself in the Carolinas and specifically Premiere Wrestling Xperience over the last several years but Hollis may also be familiar to fans from WWE NXT as one half of The Bruiserweights (with former two time PWX World Champion John Skyler) as well as a handful of appearances on Monday Night RAW and SMACKDOWN! Since the brotherhood known as The Xperience went their separate ways Hollis has been on a bit of a skid in PWX and he would like nothing more than to turn things around at X-16 and get himself right back in the title picture.
Colby Corino: 5'7, 171 lbs.- 1/3 of The PWX World Tag Team Champions and son of the legendary Steve Corino, Colby Corino is one of the wild cards in this year's X-16 tournament. Corino has been mainly participating in trios matches this year but looked very impressive (in a losing effort) in the X-16 showcase match in October at Battlefield X. The Ugly Ducklings have ONE shot at the X-16, Can Coach Mikey coach his duckling all the way to the top and add some more gold?
Fred Yehi: 5'9, 185 lbs. - Yehi has been a standout in the state of Georgia for a few years now and has just started to gain national attention as part of the WWN crew. The current FIP Heavyweight Champion Yehi defeated former PWX Champion Caleb Konley for the title and has since defended it successfully against AR Fox, Jason Kincaid, Martin Stone, and Jonathan Gresham. Yehi is a bit of a wildcard himself with most PWX fans only having seen him on WWN but he has all the skills to go far in the tournament and really make a lasting first impression.
Chip Day: 5'11, 206 1/2 lbs. - 'The Kennesaw Kick Machine" has more wrestling monikers than in ring matches for PWX lately and he is not shy about voicing his displeasure with that fact. One other fact remains and that is CHIP DAY IS DEADLY! No longer "The South's Best Kept Secret" Day openly awaits any opportunity he can get to leave a lasting impression (generally via thunderous kicks) and X-16 presents the perfect opportunity. A former PWX Innovative Television Champion, Day has only scratched the surface on what he can accomplish in PWX and professional wrestling in general.
Jason Cade: 5'9, 176 lbs. - Still a newcomer to Premiere Wrestling Xperience, Florida standout and WWN mainstay Jason Cade had a star making performance in the 4-way X-16 showcase match at Battlefield X. Cade has shown time and time again that he will put his body in harm's way for even a chance at victory and that's a dangerous thing to have in the person opposing you in the ring. Cade is one of the best young high flyers in professional wrestling today and never disappoints, we just have to see if his body can hold up against itself to go the distance in X-16.
Tracer X: 5'10, 170 lbs. - This is a young man who has truly earned his spot in this year's tournament. Tracer had a few shots on PWX main shows early this year and then had standout performances on the PWX 'Pure' preshows which made it undeniable that he should be a main roster member. Once that move was made, Tracer took full advantage picking up a big win in a 4-way with James Drake, Darius Lockhart, and Mason Maddox and then defeating CZW star Joey Lynch and Impact Wrestling star Andrew Everett in a triple threat to qualify for the tournament. Can Tracer throw the ultimate X up and work his way to the top of Premiere Wrestling Xperience?
Darius Lockhart: 5'10, 205 lbs.- Yet another wildcard in this year's tournament, this blue chipper from the Highspots wrestling school suffered a cheap loss to Mason Maddox in October, it was what followed that loss that leaves us wondering where Lockhart's head is going into this year's X-16. The Revolutionary literally took his spot following the match joining alongside Caleb Konley and Zane Riley as the newest member of The Revolt. Much like Colby Corino, Lockhart is the only chance for his faction in this year's tournament and what a feather in his cap it would be to bring this type of return on Zane and Caleb's investment so early on in the partnership.
James Drake: 6'2, 271 lbs.- "The New Age Enforcer" has seen his star rise very quickly in PWX this year and as the brand new Innovative Television Champion he's already done something no one else could in almost a year, defeat "The Modern Day Viking" Gunner for that championship in convincing fashion. James Drake is in the best physical condition of his career and is experiencing a career rejuvenation, chances are he will be one of the crowd favorites at X-16 and with the ITV title already in his grasp he could be focusing on the bigger picture and winning X-16 would certainly put him on the fast track to meet those goals.
Entrant # 16:'?, ??? lbs. - With all this talk of wild cards, the absolute biggest has to be the mystery 16th entrant into the tournament. PWX Management has announced that the identity of the final tournament participant will be revealed on Night 1 of X-16 and that element of surprise has to be the single biggest advantage for anyone in this tournament. How do you prepare for the unknown? I know all 15 announced participants will be at the top of their games and ready for anything but this mystery entrant could be another worldwide talent, a blast from the past, or a debuting talent. Either way this field is stacked and the addition of the 16th entrant will only serve to enforce that.
X-16 Night 1
Saturday November 19th
Charlotte, North Carolina
VIP Doors: 6:00 pm
GA Doors: 6:30 pm
Bell time: 7:00 pm
Ticket Info: pwxpro.com/live
X-16 Opening Round
James Drake vs. Jason Cade
Colby Corino vs. Tracer X
Darius Lockhart vs. Entrant # 16
Ethan Case vs. Fred Yehi
Trevor Lee vs. Chip Day
Matt Riddle vs. Corey Hollis
Anthony Henry vs. Martin Stone
Zack Sabre Jr vs. Davey Richards
PWX World Tag Team Titles Triple Threat Match
The Ugly Ducklings (Rob Killjoy & Lance Lude) w/ Coach Mikey (c) vs. The Bravado Brothers (Harlem & Lancelot Bravado) vs. The Revolt (Caleb Konley & Zane Riley)
X-16 Night 2
Sunday November 20th
Charlotte, North Carolina
VIP Doors: 2:00 pm
GA Doors: 2:30 pm
Bell time: 3:00 pm
Ticket Info: pwxpro.com/live
Matches to be announced following Night 1
Seating Chart for X-16 Nights 1 & 2 at Escapade VIP
You have TWO chances to be a part of this year's X-16 tournament, DO NOT miss out on one of the last major tournaments of the year and join the discussion on PWX's official fan page on Facebook or on twitter @PWXWrestling Who are you backing to take it all this year? Let us know and we'll see you (or hope at least you see us) November 19th and 20th for X-16!!!!
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