Ilja Dragunov names Rey Mysterio, Seth Rollins & Shinsuke Nakamura as potential opponents he’d like to face

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Mysterio, Rollins and Nakamura are on his list. 

On September 30th, Ilja Dragunov is going to be challenging Carmelo Hayes for the NXT Championship at No Mercy to follow up on the match they had at Great American Bash over the summer. 

Ahead of the NXT on USA go-home show for No Mercy, Phil Strum of Under the Ring released his chat with Dragunov. The former NXT U.K. Champion was asked to name talents in WWE who he’d like to share the ring with that he has not wrestled yet.

Dragunov listed Shinsuke Nakamura, United States Champion Rey Mysterio and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. 

There are countless people (in WWE who I’d want to wrestle that I haven’t yet). This company is filled with an unlimited amount of great talent. So, there’s so many people I think I could create something special with. First person, one of the people that come to my mind is definitely Shinsuke Nakamura, people like Seth Rollins who also has all this artistic way with the people and you see how over he is and the attention he gets, and definitely, I mean as long as the chance is still there, maybe with one of the people who were the first I’ve been watching like Rey Mysterio for example.

As of this writing, here is the advertised lineup for NXT No Mercy this Saturday: 

  • NXT Heritage Cup: Noam Dar (c) (w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson) vs. TBD (Global Heritage Invitational Winner)
  • NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Ilja Dragunov 
  • Bron Breakker vs. Baron Corbin
  • NXT Women’s Championship — Extreme Rules Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Tiffany Stratton

If the quote in this article is used, please credit Under the Ring with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription.

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