The highly-anticipated WALTER vs Ilja Dragunov II matchup for the NXT UK championship has been postponed.
A press convention – the place talkSPORT was current – was held on final night time’s episode of NXT UK, however later within the present it was revealed WALTER suffered a hand damage and he will be unable to compete within the scheduled match subsequent week.
talkSPORT understands the damage occurred through the latest ‘coaching camps’ WWE held to organize their superstars to return to the street and carry out in entrance of followers.
It’s not a ‘dangerous’ damage, we’re informed, however sufficient to maintain him from such an vital matchup.
The longest reigning SmackDown Girls’s champion ever, Bayley, has additionally been the sufferer of an damage throughout these coaching camps and she or he shall be out for round 9 months with a rumoured ACL damage. She had surgical procedure this week.
With the postponement of this matchup and COVID restrictions lifting on July 19, the possibility of them performing it in entrance of followers now appears a really actual chance.
NXT UK haven’t introduced any plans to get on the street as of but and so they have efficiently made BT Sport studios their residence through the pandemic.
Initially the model took a six month hiatus through the preliminary lockdown within the UK, however since returning, WALTER and Dragunov had arguably the match of the pandemic period and a few bouts between Kay Lee Ray and Meiko Satomura have actually shone a lightweight on the model.
WALTER has at the moment been champion for over 800 days. He took the title from Pete Dunne at NXT TakeOver: New York again in 2019.
Many followers have been pining for the Austrian to start out making appearances stateside both in NXT or on the principle roster, however WALTER informed talkSPORT he has no intention of creating that transfer completely.
“I’d go on the principle roster in some unspecified time in the future however I wouldn’t transfer to America. Shifting to America isn’t for me. American life-style isn’t for me. No, I couldn’t think about that. With regards to that, I keep the place I’m.
“However, I’m able to get on an airplane! [laughs].”