According to James Holder of InsideTheRopes.com, Ilja Dragunov relinquished the WWE United Kingdom title at the latest NXT UK tapings due to an injury. Dragunov had been the champion for over 300 days since winning the title from WALTER/Gunther at WWE NXT Takeover 36 last year. Holder wrote that “although details on the situation remain thin on the ground, the star appeared in a protective boot when he addressed the crowd. The exact nature of the injury remains unclear.”
An eight-man tournament to crown a new champion was announced at the tapings.