Staying in NXT is not something that would make Dragunov unhappy.
On the bill for the 9/12 WWE NXT on USA Network is a singles match between Wes Lee and Ilja Dragunov. The winner of the bout is moving on to the No Mercy Premium Live Event to challenge Carmelo Hayes for the NXT Championship.
Going into the bout, Ilja joined Busted Open Radio and during the chat, he was asked about the idea of being called up to the main roster. He expressed that he has no opinion on it and it would not make him unhappy to stay in NXT a while longer.
That’s a good question and I get these questions often in interviews and this is always about having a specific goal (Dragunov said about a main roster call-up). I have no opinion on this. So, on the other side, I would say if I would stay in NXT for a while, it’s nothing that makes me unhappy because I’m not in a rush. I’ve entirely enjoyed the journey, I entirely enjoy not always to know everything and just see everything in front of me, being surprised, being challenged. The surprise of life in all this journey is the most precious thing to me, because if I could know everything, it would just be like goal after goal after goal. That’s not what art is all about…
Dragunov signed with WWE in 2019. He is a former holder of the NXT U.K. Championship.
At Great American Bash in July, Dragunov challenged Hayes for the NXT Title but was on the losing end of the match.
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