Ilja Dragunov Says Gunther Is In The Shape Of His Life

The NXT Champion comments on Gunther’s incredible body transformation.

In a new interview with Fightful, Dragunov was asked to reflect on Gunther’s recent body transformation.

“Definitely, he is in the shape of his life. As a performer, you always need to continue to work. There’s so many areas where you can work on. Just having ring skills is by far not everything you need to put work in. You need to put work in your training. You need to put work in your health. You need to put work in how you talk, how you dress, how you carry yourself. There’s so many different dimensions that you need to work on to be a complete performer, to be a complete artist. In his regards, I have nothing left for him than just a huge amount of respect because he is one of a kind. You can see that his absolutely outstanding mentality just transfers for everything he does. It’s just amazing to see. That’s the bar I set for myself, too.”

Ilja Dragunov

In the same interview, Dragunov commented on his dream of facing Gunther at WrestleMania.

“I don’t know about it. Let’s say it’s a dream. I don’t plan, I can’t see it. I’m not sure how fast it’s gonna happen. I just have a feeling it will be the right thing to do because there is just two perfect opposites. He’s like a final boss. Everybody sees it. Everybody feels it and I’m the ultimate underdog. I’m one of a dying breed. I’m one of those guys you can punch and kick and slam as much as you want to, and you just don’t keep me down. There’s enough examples to believe that. How can these [two] things not work out? How can they not attract the entire attention of the audience?”

Ilja Dragunov

Elsewhere in the interview, Dragunov discussed his first NXT title match with Carmelo Hayes earlier this year.

H/T to Fightful for transcription

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