Skip to main content

Ilja Dragunov appears on WWE NXT, confronts Bron Breakker & JD McDonaugh


Ilja Dragunov made his return to NXT on Tuesday, immediately making it clear he wanted the next shot at the NXT Championship.

The main event had JD McDonagh defeat Tyler Bate to become the number one contender for the NXT title. Bron Breakker, who was doing commentary at ringside, entered the ring and the two had a staredown. Dragunov then came out and stared down both men. Breakker held up the title to end the show, indicating he’d defend against both men.

Dragunov, who won the NXT UK Championship from Gunther last August, vacated the title back in July, citing an injury. McDonagh lost to Dragunov earlier this year in a loser leaves NXT UK match on the May 12 edition of the program.

McDonagh challenged Bron Breakker for the NXT Champion back on Heatwave on August 16. Breakker pinned McDonagh to retain the championship, then unified the NXT and NXT UK Championships earlier this month by defeating Tyler Bate at Worlds Collide.