Ilja Dragunov claims it is his “destiny” to face Intercontinental Champ Gunther at WWE WrestleMania ahead of matchup with Carmelo Hayes at NXT No Mercy

In the realm of professional wrestling, the NXT Champion reigns supreme within the captivating world of NXT, where future stars are molded. The current holder of this prestigious title is none other than the remarkable Carmelo Hayes, embarking on his first reign.

A new contender has emerged in the form of Ilja Dragunov, who earned the right to challenge the NXT champion with his recent victory. While NXT No Mercy promises to be one of the most eagerly awaited battles in NXT, fate appears to have set the stage for another clash between Gunther and the Mad Dragon before it.

Ilja Dragunov talks on potential matchup with Gunther

The NXT Heavyweight Championship is a target for Ilja Dragunov. His talent certainly warrants a promotion to the main roster, although WWE’s intentions in this regard remain unclear. NXT stars like Bron Breaker, Carmelo Hayes, Trick Williams, and Von Wagner all possess the potential to excel on the main roster and inject fresh energy into WWE’s storylines. However, the pressing question is whether their abilities on the main roster could pose a threat to Gunther’s dominance.

As the current Intercontinental Champion, Gunther is a major player in the main event. Former NXT UK champion wants a rematch with Gunther at WrestleMania. Their past rivalry and current animosity make for an intriguing battle. If Dragunov achieves his goals, he will face Gunther in a legendary match at WrestleMania.

Ilja Dragunov

During an interview on Booker T’s Hall of Fame podcast, the Russian-born star was questioned about his dream WrestleMania opponent from the past. He answered without hesitation, “It must be Gunther. It must be him. There is no other choice. This is destiny, there is no other match that makes people feel this dimension of emotions that we both can produce, just because we’re directly opposites”.

Ilja Dragunov set to face Carmelo Hayes on NXT No Mercy

At No Mercy, the NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes will defend his title against the deserving Ilja Dragunov. This follows Dragunov’s recent victory, solidifying his position as the frontrunner. Their history and feud on WWE NXT add an exciting layer to this encounter. Recent results for Dragunov have showcased his determination to capture the NXT Championship.

Hayes, on the other hand, has been an unstoppable champion, successfully retaining his title multiple times. Prior to their title bout, Carmelo Hayes and Ilja Dragunov will formalize their rematch contract. Their previous encounter at the Great American Bash was a classic, with Hayes retaining the championship.

The NXT champion aims to take the fight to Dragunov from the start, but he hasn’t yet identified how to exploit Dragunov’s weaknesses. Hayes, however, is well-prepared for the upcoming showdown.

What gives Gunther the upper hand in this destiny fight against Dragunov? If you have an opinion, please share it here.


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