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WWE Plans To Give NXT Star A Push Similar To That Of Gunther On The Main Roster

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As WrestleMania 40 weekend approaches, WWE’s NXT gears up for its marquee event, Stand & Deliver. While Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams are set to headline, another highly anticipated match pits Ilja Dragunov defending his NXT Championship against Tony D’Angelo, promising an intense showdown.

Amidst the excitement, speculation brews about Dragunov’s trajectory beyond NXT.

According to Fightful Select, there are no immediate plans for a call-up, but insiders suggest that his main roster debut could be imminent post-NXT Title reign, as some feel he’s outgrown the brand.

Despite occasional breaks for family visits, Dragunov’s schedule flexibility has not deterred WWE’s interest. Sources indicate WWE’s willingness to accommodate his schedule, fueling rumors of his readiness for the main stage.

Management reportedly views Dragunov akin to Intercontinental Champion Gunther, foreseeing similar pushes on the main roster. Within NXT, Dragunov garners universal acclaim for his seamless performances, often requiring minimal direction—a rarity among the roster.

This is interesting, as Dragunov is one of the few men who have defeated Gunther in WWE. He ended Gunther’s (then known as Walter) record-setting NXT UK Championship reign.

Peers commend Dragunov’s ability to elevate any opponent, attributing it to his profound understanding of the craft and his collaborative spirit. Described as a “wonderful person”, Dragunov’s presence backstage is said to be a boon to morale.

As Stand & Deliver approaches, all eyes are on Dragunov, not only for his anticipated clash with D’Angelo but also for hints of his future beyond the black-and-gold brand.

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