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    Ilja Dragunov

    Wasn't going to nominate this guy so early because of how little even I have seen of him, but in my viewing of the 2015 16 Carat tournament weekend, Ilja has a title match with Bad Bones that could pass for the quality of match he'd have today where his body is just flung around like a weapon, so physically reckless, desperate to prove his toughness and becoming a cult hero in the company. After watching that and discovering that he's gonna have gems as far back as 2015, then I guess he's gonna be in contention for my list.

    I think Ilja is one of the most unique and engaging babyfaces out there through his in-ring work, I am forever rooting for him to get through these battles with bigger wrestlers and come out with the victory. I'm pretty sure everyone taking part in the list will of seen the Walter match from 2017, but it's his matches with guys I'm not particularly high on like Bad Bones and Avalanche where I come away thinking he's a special talent. Given he's now finally talking bookings in the UK, and presumably in bed with NXT, I think he'll be more accessible to folks this year.

    Anyway, I wanted a thread on him because I wanted somewhere to gush while I watch his old performances.
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    Re: Ilja Dragunov

    I haven't seen enough of his work besides some choice stuff you and Nicky have provided but I'm definitely going to check more of Dragunov out.


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    Re: Ilja Dragunov

    I am fully on board with a Dragunov deep dive. I can't wait to see more of his 2015 & 16. He currently has to be considered one of the best babyfaces in wrestling for sure right now.

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    Re: Ilja Dragunov

    I need to do an Ilja deep dive. Surprised I haven’t already. He’s already a lock for his 2017 and 18.
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    Re: Ilja Dragunov

    I just watched a match he had with Ciampa at Dead End 2015 and it's an absolute banger of a match. Not too long, only about 10 minutes but it's really stiff and it's one of the more impressive heel performances I've seen Ilja put on with some crowd mocking and great facials. One thing I've noticed about Ilja's 2015 is the torpedo Moscow headbutt not only isn't his finish, it's not even a closing stretch move, he just uses it in the opening couple of minutes from what I've seen so far. His finisher at this point appears to be a lariat; the Russian Stan Hansen. It loses some originality, but I can't say I mind the change, the torpedo moscow can be really inconsistent in how it comes off as a legit finish to a match.
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    Re: Ilja Dragunov

    Ok so the Ilja gets his chest destroyed thing started long before the Walter Carat Final; a scar across his chest that I had assumed came from 2017 was present in 2015 so I don't know how long he's had that fucking thing. I watched a GREAT fucking match with him from 2015 against his career rival Bad Bones from some single camera show for the shotgun title where they're trading chops and Ilja's pale skin starts flaking off again.
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    Re: Ilja Dragunov

    anyone got any new Ilja recs? Have enjoyed the matches I've seen against WALTER, just watched the Sekimoto match from this years 16CG and thought it was pretty good. Has he even wrestled for many feds outside wXw?

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    Re: Ilja Dragunov

    Have you seen his two matches with Thatcher this year? one for Progress one for wXw? I really enjoyed the wXw one.

    I loved the Lucky Kid match too but you won't like it.

    I hope he doesn't finish up with wXw anytime soon now he's in NXT UK.
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