Baron Corbin has been after the NXT championship since he returned to WWE’s third brand, a pursuit that’s previously put him at odds with Ilja Dragunov.
Shortly after Dragunov won the belt from Carmelo Hayes at No Mercy, Corbin told the Mad Dragon he was coming for it. He then attacked the Russian after his Halloween Havoc rematch with Hayes. Last night (Nov. 14), the Lone Wolf punctuated a night of scheming by taking out the champ when he ran in to stop a post-match beatdown of Wes Lee.
Ilja called it a “grave mistake”, and told Corbin he’d have to live with the consequences in their title match at Deadline.
It gives us the following line-up for Dec. 9’s premium live event in Bridgeport, Connecticut:
• Ilja Dragunov (c) vs. Baron Corbin for the NXT championship
• Tiffany Stratton vs. Lash Legend vs. TBD vs. TBD vs. TBD in an Iron Survivor Challenge*
• Dijak vs. Trick Williams vs. TBD vs. TBD vs. TBD in an Iron Survivor Challenge*
* You can find out who won next Tuesday’s Iron Survivor qualifiers in the spoilers for Nov. 21 here.
Let us know what you make of Deadline’s NXT title match in the comments below. And on your way down to there, check out our playlist of the rest of the highlights from last night’s NXT:
- Tony D’Angelo & Stacks reclaim the NXT Tag Team Titles
- Dominik Mysterio and Baron Corbin form an alliance
- Chad Gable reveals himself as Noam Dar’s No. 1 Contender
- Legend stuns Perez to qualify for the Iron Survivor Challenge
- Lyra Valkyria and Xia Li sit down for a Warriors Tea Ceremony
- Dijak issues a threat directly to Bron Breakker
- Trick Williams qualifies for the Iron Survivor Challenge
- NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov and Wes Lee show their mutual respect
- Did Lexis King attack Trick Williams?
- Brawling Brutes vs. OTM
- Gigi Dolin vs. Arianna Grace
- Von Wagner and Mr. Stone are not business partners, they’re family
- Learn the rules of the Iron Survivor Challenge
- “Dirty” Dom helps Baron Corbin beat Wes Lee
- Ilja Dragunov agrees to face Baron Corbin at NXT Deadline
- FULL MATCH — Wes Lee vs. Baron Corbin
- Roxanne Perez wants to take out Kiana James for good (Digital Exclusive)