Ilja Dragunov is a Russian wrestler signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT roster. In WWE Dragunov held the NXT United Kingdom Championship once, with a reign that lasted 319 days.
In January 2019, WWE announced that it had signed the wrester, assigning him to the newborn roster of NXT UK, a branch of NXT in England. On the May 15 episode of NXT UK, assuming the ringname Ilja Dragunov, he easily defeated Jack Starz.
Thus began a long streak of victories, defeating athletes such as Joseph Conners and Ashton Smith, but this winning streak was stopped on August 15 when Dragunov was defeated by Kassius Ohno.
With the closure of NXT UK in September 2022, Dragunov made his return and NXT debut on the September 20 episode interrupting the match between NXT Champion Bron Breakker and JD McDonagh. Dragunov wrestled his first NXT match on September 27, defeating Xyon Quinn.
On October 22 at NXT Halloween Havoc, Dragunov took part in a Triple Threat match for the NXT Championship alongside champion Bron Breakker and JD McDonagh but the match was won by Breakker.