WWE has pulled Lio Rush from the upcoming wXw 16-Carat Gold 2020 Tournament, however the promotion has announced a suitable replacement.
On Tuesday, the official Twitter feed of wXw Germany issued the following statement regarding WWE pulling Rush from the tourney, and announcing Jeff Cobb as his replacement.
"Unfortunately WWE has pulled Lio Rush from wXw1 6-Carat due to his WWE schedule," wrote the wXw Germany Twitter feed. "We are as disappointed about this as you are. We are excited to confirm Jeff Cobb as Lio's replacement for wXw 16-Carat."
In related news, Alex Shelley has also been pulled from the tournament. The same wXw Germany Twitter feed issued a statement on that subject as well.
"We regret to inform you that Alex Shelley won't be at wXw 16-Carat," read the statement from the Twitter account. "As Alex works with immuno-compromised patients in a clinic in his real job, he cannot risk exposing himself to a possible infection with the corona virus by traveling to Germany [and] wrestling."
The tweet also included a statement released by Shelley himself. Check that out, along with the aforementioned pair of wXw Germany statement tweets below.
wXw 16-Carat Gold 2020 is scheduled to take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Oberhausen, Germany.
First round matches for the three-night event include:
- * Marius Al-Ani vs. Cara Noir
* Jeff Cobb vs. Alexander James
* Bandido vs. Julian Pace
* Daniel Makabe vs. Eddie Kingston
* Chris Ridgeway vs. Mike Bailey
* The Rotation vs. Puma King
* Lucky Kid vs. Jurn Simmons
* Black Taurus vs. Shigehiro Irie
Unfortunately WWE has pulled @itsLioRush from #wXw16Carat due to his WWE schedule. We are as dissapointed about this as you are. We are excited to confirm @RealJeffCobb as Lio's replacement for #wXw16Carat.— wXw Germany (@wXwGermany) March 3, 2020
Tickets, info, schedule, FAQ: https://t.co/dyUeDvuS9x pic.twitter.com/vbQ4k9rK4E
We regret to inform you that @fakekinkade won't be at #wXw16Carat. As Alex works with immunocompromised patients in a clinic in his real job, he cannot risk exposing himself to a possible infection with the corona virus by traveling to Germany & wrestling. Here's a message of his pic.twitter.com/qWbMnVZus9— wXw Germany (@wXwGermany) March 2, 2020