Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Aerial: Ilja uses a variety of aerial moves, but he lacks the fluidity and grace we’ve seen from other wrestlers.
Appearance: Dragunov is short, but stocky. However, he lacks muscle definition. Also, he wears colored contacts that make his eyes a glowing red. It’s definitely something that makes him standout.
Charisma: At first glance, I assumed he was some kind of vampire. Actually, Ilja plays the invincible underdog. He’s build a good connection with the fans and I’ll assume his promos are well done since they’re all in German.
Power: His strength is better than expected. He is able to out-muscle some larger opponents and uses a limited set of power moves.
Technical: He is cable of some chain-wrestling, but relies heavily on striking. His moveset feels very basic and he is prone to flub every now and again.
Overview: Ilja Dragunov reminds me a little of Ric Flair. Even though I find his over-selling a bit silly, the crowd eats it up. Even so, Flair was a much better technically wrestler than Dragunov is now. At the same time, he is still very young and has plenty of time to improve. The rumors are that he will soon or may have already signed with WWE. I’m not sure he will connect with American or English audiences the same way he has with the Germans, but it will undoubtedly boost his career.
Projection: Lower Mid Card
WWE Comparison: Crash Holly
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