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WALTER injured, no longer facing Dragunov on next week's NXT UK

WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov II will no longer be taking place on next week's NXT UK episode.

On today's NXT UK, it was announced that WALTER has suffered an injury to his left hand and is unable to defend his NXT United Kingdom Championship against Dragunov on NXT UK next Thursday. In storyline, the injury was blamed on a backstage altercation between WALTER and Dragunov that wasn't shown.

It was said that details about the injury are sketchy at this point, but WWE medical staff have deemed the injury to be "severe" and WALTER isn't fit to compete next week. More information on the situation will be revealed on next Thursday's NXT UK.

There was an in-ring press conference segment with WALTER and Dragunov earlier on today's show before the news of WALTER's injury was announced.

In one of the best matches of 2020, WALTER defeated Dragunov on NXT UK last October to retain the NXT United Kingdom Championship. Dragunov has since struggled with temper issues in storyline and has worked to get them under control. Dragunov was established as the number one contender to WALTER's title when he defeated Rampage Brown and Joe Coffey in a triple threat match on NXT UK last month.