On January 18, 2022, with the transition from NXT UK and NXT 2.0, the leader of the Imperium changed his name, causing a stir in the world of wrestling, with someone who was shocked, someone disgusted and someone amused, so much so that several memes were born.
In fact, the master of the Chops has gone from the strong name WALTER to being called Gunther, which in any case is not that he is ill, it is simply perhaps connected to not very serious characters in popular culture. But what does the athlete himself really think of this change?
Gunther recently had his name changed
As most know, NXT's Gunther recently had his name changed, and the former WALTER has made his thoughts clear about the change.
Interviewed by colleagues at Wrestling Inc., the ring general was asked if he felt bothered by it: "Not at all to be honest," Gunther said. "If it were the other way around, and it was Gunther before and Walter now, there would have been the same hype.
Many people react negatively to change. Change is normal in life, it's part of it, and we have to keep up with it." But in addition to changing his name, the wrestler has achieved an impressive physical shape, going from being a little fatter, to losing weight and putting more emphasis on his muscles.
He himself commented on this personal evolution: "I think I eat less. I've always worked a lot, but for the first time, I really focused on my nutrition. These guys really pushed me. I have to say, when I was a wrestling fan, I always liked the look of heavyweights in Japan who had a little belly, just fights and stuff.
But, at the end of the day, you have to keep up with the times, evolve a little bit, and it's what I did." Despite all these changes, certainly, Gunther has not lost that frightening air of someone who inspires fear in his opponents and above all, he has not lost the magic of giving those Chops as he knows how to do.
Right now he is continuing his path to NXT in the United States and continues to be successful and popular with fans. The leader of Imperium wrestled LA Knight on NXT: Stand & Deliver. He came out victorious in the match with his signature brutality.
Other members of the stable, Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner, lost their NXT Tag Team Championship on the same night to MSK in a triple-threat match that also included the Creed Brothers.