Gunther about the name change from Walter

“Well, the thing is, like, would I have preferred to keep Walter?.."

by Sead Dedovic
Gunther about the name change from Walter

Gunther was a guest on the Cheap Heat podcast. One of the topics was changing his name from Walter. Gunther wanted to keep the name Walter, but... “Well, the thing is, like, would I have preferred to keep Walter? Yeah, of course I would have preferred that, but on the other hand, if you look at a wrestler’s career, like a name change is nothing uncommon.

That happens, so I was realistic about it. For me, it was also clear it’s my real name and the WWE has obviously an interest in whoever they put on the television to put their original stamp on it, if that makes sense, so I expected it.

At the end of the day, if Gunther would be my real name and they would have changed it to Walter, the reaction would have been exactly the same”. - Gunther said, as quoted by Gunther revealed that he met Ludwig Kaiser in WWE.

He often spent time with him. "I didn’t know Gio before WWE, but I knew Ludwig since I think 2007 or something. We’ve been on shows in Germany together since he debuted. We lived in the northern part of Germany, so very often we would drive together as well because it would just be on the way and stuff like that”.

2023 Royal Rumble

The 2023 Royal Rumble was a great experience for him where he showed his quality in the best way. “It was a great opportunity for me to show everybody on that big of a stage what I’m about and what I can do.

I wasn’t really focused on being in the ring that long and that would be a record that might go off or something like that. I literally paid zero attention to it. I was just focused on what’s gonna happen in the ring actually.

Then at the end also to have those six or seven minutes with Cody, which I think going down the line is an ideal match for me. That was great to do as well to give it a little bit of a teaser of what could happen when we have a match. So I was very pleased”.