WWE called WALTER up to the main roster and gave him the name Gunther instead. Despite that name change, he has continued to impress in big ways.

Sean Sapp reported behind Fightful’s paywall that Gunther has impressed “many people of influence” in WWE. Then again, this isn’t anything new. He already had some heavy-hitters behind him who wanted to push the big man. It’s still good to know that his current run is looked at favorably.

The former WALTER had plenty of people on his side all along, as his lengthy NXT UK Title reign indicated, but we’re told that many things have put him in favor with WWE. Among them include his move to the United States, and his dedication to his diet and training. Those that we spoke to within WWE said that Walter getting in shape and being willing to move to the United States after not seeming interested in the latter was a good sign for him.

It was reported that, “from the time he was brought over to the United States, it was always planned and implied that he’d move to the main roster.” The Imperium split in NXT was a bit “abrupt,” but Gunther’s willingness to “play ball” has earned him favor where it matter.


Another source reportedly said, “Vince McMahon enjoyed Gunther’s in-ring work based on what he’s seen of it on the SmackDown brand.”

Only time will tell how far Gunther will go from here, but he is certainly on the right track.

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H Jenkins

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