GUNTHER had an awe-inspiring 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. GUNTHER is now a staple of the blue brand and remains the hardest hitter in WWE.

The Ring General won the WWE Intercontinental Championship in June 2022 and has since defended it seven times. His reign is already one is the best in the company’s history.

For decades, WWE has presented certain wrestlers that were not from the United States of America as heels who hate the country. This even became the central point of their character.

With GUNTHER being from Austria, fans wondered if he was going to get the stereotypical evil foreigner Gimmick. Thankfully, he has not been portrayed as such.


While speaking on The Rob Brown Show, GUNTHER addressed WWE’s usage of foreign Wrestlers, noting that things have changed in WWE and there is no place for evil foreigner Gimmicks.

Times have changed,” GUNTHER said. “I totally get the concept of like, the bad foreigner comes in and wants to get the title. If I ever get to wrestle Cody Rhodes again, I think the roles there are clear. I am that bad guy from somewhere else and I want to beat the very popular American guy up and I think that’s totally fine. But like you said, just because somebody is from somewhere doesn’t mean they should be portrayed a certain way.”

The Ring General currently holds the #25 spot on the list of combined reigns as the WWE Intercontinental Champion. It is to be noted that this is Gunther’s maiden title run on the main roster. We’ll have to wait and see what’s next in store for him.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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