Gunther used to be known as WALTER during his NXT UK days and had a history-making run as the NXT UK Champion. He lost the title to Ilja Dragunov at NXT TakeOver 36, something that fans did not expect.

After making his way to Friday Night Smackdown, Gunther eventually won the Intercontinental Championship and has competed in solid matches since then. He also had a solid match against Sheamus at WWE Clash At The Castle.

While speaking on Smack Talk, pro wrestling veteran Dutch Mantell made it clear he was not a fan of Gunther’s booking on this week’s Smackdown, where Gunther’s Imperium faced Sheamus’ Brawling Brutes. He advised Gunther to protect Gunther in his booking.

“Ain’t not a dime in those guys! There is money in Gunther. Keep him alive. And I think Sheamus, you know, him and Gunther went at it one time, but at the end, Sheamus was not even seen. That’s why he went backward, and I think Gunther went a little bit backward because you’ve got to protect assets like that. You just can’t throw him out there.


To me, you just can’t throw them out there in a six-man tag and expect them to keep their steam because there was nothing for him to keep his steam on here. I’m talking from a booking point of view. That’s what I’m thinking. But you’re right; when they got into the ring, it got electric because they remembered Clash at the Castle. What a match they had! I mean, a brutal match, but this didn’t even come close to it.”

We will have to wait and see what the company will have planned for Gunther. Fans simply want to see him being booked as a strong champion in the end.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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