In the NXT UK episode of January 2, 2020 Ilja Dragunov defeated Alexander Wolfe in a No Disqualification match. In the NXT UK episode of January 23rd, Dragunov easily defeated Josh Morell. On January 25th, in Worlds Collide, Dragunov was defeated by Finn Bálor.
In the NXT UK episode of February 20th, Dragunov defeated Joe Coffey. Prior to signing with WWE, Dragunov competed on the European independent circuit and is also known for his time with Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw), where he is a former one-time wXw Unified World Wrestling Champion, three-time wXw World Tag Team Champion and two-time wXw Shotgun Champion.
Rukober is the first Russian-born male wrestler to have ever competed in the WWE. During a long interview with TalkSport, he revealed who he’d like to face in the future: “There’s a lot of names. I think when it comes down to European names, guys like Aleister Black, who I knew before his time in WWE.
I think we would connect very well and that’s a fight people would want to see, maybe. I get the feeling people understand me and that’s very important to me, it’s why I love my work here so much. They understand what I’m doing without really telling them a lot.
And in WWE, I’ve seen absolute professionals on a whole new level that I’ve never seen before, I don’t regret a single day that I’m here”.