Ilja Dragunov took Roderick Strong up on his open challenge this week on NXT, and he suffered a bloody injury in the process. The #1 contender for the NXT UK Title was busted open hard, and he required multiple stitches after the show was over.

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Ilja Dragunov received eight stitches backstage at the Capitol Wrestling Center. WWE sent out a blast on social media and posted an update about his status. They also made it clear that a laceration above Dragunov’s right eye isn’t going to keep him off the TakeOver 36 card.

Ilja Dragunov received eight stitches after sustaining a laceration above his right eye during his match against Roderick Strong on NXT earlier tonight.

Despite the injury, Dragunov gutted out a hard-earned win against Strong and is medically cleared to compete this Sunday at NXT TakeOver 36, where he will challenge WALTER in a highly anticipated bout for the NXT UK Championship

Walter will defend the NXT UK Title against Ilja Dragunov at NXT TakeOver: 36 this Sunday, August 22nd. That will be a big event for the black and gold brand as they run their show a day after SummerSlam. Walter vs Dragunov might end up stealing the show, because there is no stop in them.

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