WWE NXT is set to determine the next challenger for the NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes, with Ilja Dragunov and Wes Lee slated to face off on the upcoming episode of NXT.

The victor of this match will earn the right to challenge Carmelo Hayes for the NXT Championship at NXT No Mercy. While there have been rumors of a possible Triple Threat match at the event, WWE has yet to confirm this.

Carmelo Hayes previously defended his title against both Ilja Dragunov and Wes Lee. He emerged victorious in his match against Dragunov at The Great American Bash and successfully retained the title against Lee at Heatwave.

The 2023 NXT No Mercy Premium Live Event is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, California. The card for the event continues to take shape, with several championship matches set to be featured, including the NXT Championship and NXT North American Championship bouts.


Wrestling fans can look forward to an exciting showdown on the horizon as the winner of the Ilja Dragunov vs. Wes Lee match will earn the opportunity to challenge for the prestigious NXT Championship.

Who do you think will come out on top in the match between Ilja Dragunov and Wes Lee to become the next challenger for Carmelo Hayes’ NXT Championship? Leave us a comment below.

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