Results of Carmelo Hayes vs. Ilja Dragunov at WWE NXT Great American Bash 2023

Carmelo Hayes (c) (with Trick Williams) vs. Ilja Dragunov for the world title took place during the WWE NXT Great American Bash 2023 PLE. Here were the highlights…

* Dragunov was wearing red contact lenses for the match.

* Carmelo had early momentum in the match and knocked Dragunov to the outside after delivering a springboard clothesline. Dragunov got back in the ring and caught Carmelo with a kick to gain the upper hand.

* Dragunov worked over Carmelo for several minutes and delivered several chops in the corner. Dragunov wiped out Carmelo with a big clothesline but couldn’t get the win.

* Carmelo fought back and the crowd erupted in “NXT” and “this is awesome” chants. Dragunov regained the upper hand and hit a top rope senton but Carmelo kicked out. Dragunov went for a coast to coast but Carmelo caught him mid air with a codebreaker. Carmelo came off the top but Dragunov countered with a powerbomb. Dragunov went for the cover but Carmelo kicked out.

* Trick grabbed the NXT title and gave a pep talk to Carmelo to get it together in the 4th quarter. Dragunov took down Trick with a headbutt on the outside of the ring and Carmelo got Dragunov back into the ring. Carmelo hit the top rope scissor kick and scored the pinfall victory.