Gunther had an amazing run in NXT UK as he became the longest-reigning champion in modern WWE by holding the NXT UK Title for a record 870 days. He would drop the title to Ilja Dragunov at NXT TakeOver 36. He also explained the main differences between NXT and the main roster.

Gunther eventually made his way to the US as part of the NXT roster as well. Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser made their main roster debut on Friday Night Smackdown earlier this year.

Gunter also won the Intercontinental Championship back in June. While speaking on Out of Character with Ryan Satin, Gunther talked about his time on NXT and the main roster and provided the differences between the two.

“I think at the end of the day when it comes to what happens in the ring, wrestling is wrestling. For me at least, it doesn’t matter if it’s in front of 50 people or if it’s in front of 20,000 people. Obviously [the major] difference is all the happenings around it. There are way more people involved [in the main roster]. A lot more stuff has to happen in a shorter amount of time.


It’s not too different, but it’s obviously just NXT is a little bit [more] strict and organized. Because the people involved are less experienced, I will say, like the talent and stuff. While it’s a little bit more relaxed, I would call it on SmackDown in my experience. Everybody’s way more experienced and can get all the stuff done. Like tick, tick, tick, tick, one after the other. Everything has its little routine. It’s a little bit more relaxed in terms of nobody’s really tensed or freaked out about what they have to do. “

Gunther also stated that he outgrew NXT UK. We will have to wait and see what the future holds for Gunther as fans hope he will have a solid reign as the Intercontinental Champion.

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