Ilja Dragunov

Ilja Dragunov

Full NameIlya Rukober

BornOctober 10, 1993

Height5 ft 10 in



Ilya Rukober is a Russian professional wrestler signed with WWE. He is a former NXT United Kingdom Champion.

  1. Professional Wrestling Career
  2. Championships and Accomplishments

Professional Wrestling Career

Early Years (2012-2019)

In 2012, Rukober made his professional wrestling debut and began working for wXw. Rukober worked for several American and European circuits and won several championships before signing with WWE.


WWE (2019-Present)

In 2019, Rukober signed with WWE and began working for NXT UK. they later renamed him Ilja Dragunov and lost to Cesaro at TakeOver Cardiff. Later, he joined forces with Gallus during their feud with Imperium. At World's Collide, he was defeated by Finn Balor.

After the shows restarted in the UK, Dragunov entered the Heritage Cup and lost. In September, he faced Walter and lost. The match received five stars from Dave Meltzer. At TakeOver 36, Dragunov defeated Walter and won the United Kingdom Championship. He held the title for 319 days before relinquishing it due to an injury.


Championships and Accomplishments

ChampionshipNumber of Times
wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship1
wXw World Tag Team Championship3
wXw Shotgun Championship2
NXT United Kingdom Championship1

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