GUNTHER had a tremendous 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 dropped the title to Ilja Dragunov at NXT TakeOver 36. He also went after Rey Mysterio recently.
GUNTHER finally 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. He is set to defend Intercontinental Championship against Rey Mysterio on the go-home episode of Friday Night Smackdown next week, before WWE Crown Jewel.
While speaking on the SmackDown LowDown, GUNTHER mocked Rey Mysterio for running away from his family. GUNTHER would say that the version of Mysterio that he see’s right now disgusts him.
Rey Mysterio is a legend of this sport but the version of him I see right now disgusts me. It’s despicable. I’m glad he’s happy to be over here on SmackDown and he is having a good time and he wants to prove himself again but not at my expense. He’s running away from family issues. That’s again a difference. He is in this for himself, we are in this for the greater good.
We are Imperium and to us the mat is sacred.
We will have to wait and see whether GUNTHER will end up chopping the soul out of Rey Mysterio or not. Regardless, it is sure to be a solid matchup.