That’s a huge one. If there is one thing you can almost guarantee in today’s WWE, it is the success of a Takeover card. NXT has figured out the Takeover formula to near perfection, to the point where it seems impossible for them to put on a bad edition. That is a nice situation to have and it seems that we are seeing it again, as the first match has been confirmed for the next Takeover.

This week on NXT UK, NXT officials Triple H, William Regal and Shawn Michaels announced that Ilja Dragunov will challenge United Kingdom Champion Walter at Takeover 36 on August 22. This will be a rematch from their original title match in October 2020 where Walter successfully defended his title. The match was originally scheduled for this week but was postponed due to Walter suffering a hand injury. Takeover 36 will be held at the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida.

I would say this works. Check out the announcement and how we got here:

WALTER vs. Dragunov II to take place at NXT TakeOver 36: NXT UK, July 22, 2021

WALTER and Ilja Dragunov’s epic showdown: NXT UK, Oct. 29, 2020

HBK, McIntyre and more break down WALTER and Dragunov’s classic: WWE Playback

Opinion: As glad as I am to have the match taking place, I’m not sure I get the mentality. It is nice to have them fighting on a bigger stage, but isn’t this the kind of thing that should be taking place in front of a bunch of people? There will be fans at the Capitol Wrestling Center, but it would be nice to have this in front of a full sized arena of fans. Still though, it’s great to know that the match is happening anywhere.

How will the match go? When should it take place? Let us know in the comments below.

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