On the same night that a press conference to promote the match was broadcast on NXT UK, WWE have announced that the title match between WALTER and Ilja Dragunov set for next week has been cancelled.
The reason given is a severe injury to the champion’s left hand. A report from PWInsider suggests the injury is legitimate rather than storyline based.
The highly anticipated rematch would have seen the two men meet again following their title match in 2020 that was considered hands down the best NXT UK match of the year and in fact one of the best matches anywhere in the world in the pandemic stricken year.
WALTER is just the third NXT UK Champion. He won the belt from Pete Dune at NXT TakeOver: New York in April 2019. He is the longest reigning champion in all of WWE with his last major defence coming against Tomasso Ciampa at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver in April 2020.