Ilja Dragunov announced during the August 4, 2022 episode of WWE NXT UK that he was forced to relinquish his NXT UK Championship.
Indeed, Dragunov opened the show to announce that he was suffering from a very serious ankle injury following his last match against Wolfgang on July 28 and the officials did not give him the green light to fight. Which means that Dragunov is no longer NXT UK champion and the title is currently vacant, a new champion will soon be crowned through a tournament made up of 8 wrestlers which will begin next week.
The 8 wrestlers and the fights of the first round announced are as follows:
– Trent Seven vs. Wolfgang
-Charlie Dempsey vs. Oliver Carter
– Mark Andrews vs. Joe Coffey
– Kenny Williams vs. Tyler Bate
Dragunov promises to come back stronger, stating that no one is able to beat him except him. He had been champion since NXT TakeOver 36 on August 22, 2021 defeating Walter who had a historic reign of 870 days. Dragunov will have been champion for just over 345 days.
— NXT UK (@NXTUK) August 4, 2022
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