Hopefully it isn’t too bad. Injuries can happen at any time in a sport as physical as wrestling. There is no way to be completely safe during a match as there is always the chance of some sort of a fluke injury. Some of these are much worse than others, but there are also going to be some more minor injuries which grab your attention in a hurry. The latter was the case this week.

Ilja Dragunov was busted open during a match on this week’s NXT. During a match against Roderick Strong, Dragunov was elbowed in the face, drawing blood from above his right eye. Dragunov was able to finish the match, eventually pinning Strong with the Torpedo Moscow. Later in the night, WWE announced that Dragunov received eight stitches to close the wound and is medically cleared for his United Kingdom Title match against Walter at NXT Takeover 36 this coming Sunday.

It was a nasty injury. Check out the match, plus what you might be seeing on Sunday:

Ilja Dragunov vs. Roderick Strong: WWE NXT, Aug. 17, 2021

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

WALTER and Ilja Dragunov prepare for epic rematch: Prime Target, August 3, 2021

Opinion: The best news here is the fact that it does not seem to be anything serious. This seems to have been an accidental shot to the head which broke the skin and little more. Dragunov was able to finish the match and now he is getting to go on to probably the biggest match of his life. That is not the kind of thing that a cut on the head should stop and it doesn’t seem likely to do so now.

What did you think of the match? Will Dragunov win the title? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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