|Blanchard is one of 15 wrestlers announced for the X-16|
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
The list is as follows:
- Zane Riley
- Ethan Case
- "Manscout" Jake Manning
- Joe Black - These four are the Carolina boys. Manning has had a pretty lengthy career by indie standards with one of the most unique gimmicks in all wrestling. He's also pretty big with Highspots and Five Dollar Wrestling. I've actually seen Black live at the Wrestling Is Fun Young Lions Cup show in Norristown last year, and he was pretty good in the limited action he was involved in. Case and Riley, I'm unfamiliar with completely.
- Tessa Blanchard - The daughter of legendary Horseman Tully, Blanchard is another Carolina native who has branched out into SHIMMER and Women's Superstars Uncensored. She's no stranger to wrestling men, and thus far, she is the only woman announced to the tournament.
- "The Product" David Starr - Beyond Wrestling fans will know him from his Juicy Product team with JT Dunn. This is his first trip down to PWX.
- Caleb Konley - Conley is another Carolina mainstay, but he's gained acclaim in Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE as a member of the Premiere Athlete Brand. He brings a bit of chickenshit heel flavor to the proceedings.
- Chip Day - Day bounces between Carolina and Georgia, and he's another one who also wrestled in the Scenic City Invitational.
- Shane Strickland - Strickland made his bones originally with EVOLVE and Combat Zone Wrestling, but most will recognize him as Killshot from Lucha Underground. He's a dynamic high flyer with cocky flair.
- Tommaso Ciampa - Ciampa is the marquee name added during this round. The former ROH star hits hard and brings manic energy to the fray.