Gunther has been the Intercontinental Champion at Friday Night Smackdown for several months now and just like all the other WWE category champions, he needs a new opponent for Wrestlemania 39, in view of the most anticipated pure wrestling weekend in the whole world.
Apparently, however, WWE would have had a different idea regarding the Austrian's new n ° 1 title contender, given that he will be chosen with a 20-man Battle Royal, but neither on Raw nor on Smackdown, nor least of all in a PPV.
WWE has in fact announced this multi-man match for the next live event to be held at Madison Square Garden in New York, a historic arena linked in a very profound way to pro-wrestling. As reported by the official profile of the arena on Twitter and also reported on the pages of Ringside News, let's see which men from both Raw and Smackdown will be competing for this possibility for Wrestlemania: Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, The New Day, Finn Balor, Sheamus, Damian Priest, The Miz, Bobby Lashley, Dominik Mysterio, Johnny Gargano, Omos, Dexter Lumis, Bronson Reed, Rick Boogs, Santos Escobar, Braun Strowman, Ricochet, Baron Corbin and Karrion Kross.
New details on Gunther
If Roman Reigns, WWE Undisputed Champion of Raw and Smackdown, reigns on both rosters as world champion, there is also a second-level champion for each brand on the respective rosters. If Austin Theory is in fact on Raw as US champion, on Smackdown there is the massive Gunther, WWE Intercontinental champion for months.
Apparently, WWE still has no intention of losing the title to the former NXT UK Champion for the moment, with Gunther who does nothing but destroy the old titled records for the secondary title of Smackdown, month after month.
After tying Cody Rhodes' record, Gunther has now shattered Shelton Benjamin's, coming with his 245+ day reign to surpass the reign as WWE's longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of the 21st century. This overtaking was noted by the Ringside News site, also reporting how Gunther's reign has also become the tenth longest in the history of the entire company.
WWE also took care of reporting a video of this record, with a video posted on its official Instagram page. WWE Intercontinental Champion Gunther recently opened up on his name change after joining the main roster. "I guessed it.
Walter is my real name. And from the side of the company, it makes a lot more sense if you can actually have some ownership over the name of an athlete that you present or put out there to an audience. So I kinda expected it. But it was fine for me," said Gunther.