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WWE sets date for Ilja Dragunov vs. Roderick Strong NXT UK title match

The match will air on NXT UK in two weeks.
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WWE has revealed when Roderick Strong is getting his shot at the NXT United Kingdom Championship.

Ilja Dragunov will defend his title against Strong on the NXT UK episode that airs in two weeks (Thursday, April 7). Strong challenged Dragunov to the title match after appearing on NXT UK last week.

Strong made his NXT UK debut by defeating Wolfgang in the main event of last week's episode. After the match, Strong got on the microphone and called out Dragunov. Strong said he isn't in NXT UK for a long time -- he's there for a good time. Strong said he's there for the big-money fights, and he issued a challenge to Dragunov.

Dragunov accepted the challenge on this Thursday's NXT UK episode. Dragunov said it will be his honor to collide with Strong in the ring, but Dragunov is a diamond that doesn't crack under pressure.

Dragunov has been NXT UK Champion since winning the title from WALTER at NXT TakeOver 36 last August.

Strong is a member of Diamond Mine in NXT 2.0. On NXT next Tuesday, Strong will face Cameron Grimes and A-Kid in a last-chance Stand & Deliver qualifying match. The winner will become the final wrestler to qualify for the North American Championship ladder match at NXT Stand & Deliver on Saturday, April 2.

Here's what's been announced for the next two weeks of NXT UK episodes:

Thursday, March 31 --

  • Heritage Cup Champion Noam Dar defends against Mark Coffey
  • Trent Seven vs. Ashton Smith
  • Amale vs. Xia Brookside

Thursday, April 7 --

  • NXT United Kingdom Champion Ilja Dragunov defends against Roderick Strong