Ilja Dragunov Officially Signs with NXT UK

NXT UK Signs Five New Superstars

In an article posted today on, it was officially announced the Ilja Dragunov has signed with the NXT UK brand.  Subsequently, he will join four other European recruits at the Performance Center in London. Here’s what the WWE had to say about it:

Five new Superstars from throughout Europe — Ilja Rukober, Kay Lee Ray, Jazzy Gabert, Oliver Sauter, and Jay Melrose — have joined the NXT UK roster. The group will join other NXT UK Superstars in training at WWE’s United Kingdom Performance Center in North London.

The 25-year-old Rukober, who has competed around the world under the ring name Ilja Dragunov, was born in Russia and raised in Germany, where his career in sports-entertainment took root. Often described as “Unbesiegbar” (the German word for “invincible”), Rukober is feared for his unbridled intensity inside the ring. He turned heads at a WWE tryout in Cologne last November.

We at SquaredEagle would like to congratulate Ilja.  We wish him success in his future endeavors with WWE. Additionally, we will remove him from the prospect rankings and file him in the Graduate category.

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