Ilja Dragunov Busted Open On WWE NXT, HHH & HBK Hype NXT Breakout Tournament


As seen during Wednesday night’s episode of WWE NXT, Ilja Dragunov defeated Roderick Strong. With Kushida not being cleared to compete, Dragunov answered Roderick’s open challenge and got busted open in the process. According to, Dragunov recieved eight stitches following the match:

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.

Following this week’s episode of WWE NXT, Triple H and Shawn Michaels took to Twitter to comment on the ongoing NXT Breakout Tournament, which will see Carmelo Hayes vs. Odyssey Jones in the finals:

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