When the original Rhino turned down Doctor Trama's offer to be upgraded, she was forced to look elsewhere. She eventually found someone and equipped him with an all-new Rhino costume. His first act was to seek out Aleksei to kill him, so that he could ascend as the one true Rhino. When Spider-Man interfered, he left because there was no honor in killing a broken old man.
The Rhino later attacked Aleksei and ended up murdering his wife Oksana, forcing Aleksei to once again don the Rhino costume. After destroying the other Rhino's armor, Aleksei killed him despite his pleas.