Gunther’s reign as the WWE Intercontinental Champion, which started in June 2022, was remarkable, making history as the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion ever. Gunther’s reign came to an end at WrestleMania 40 on Saturday and now Gunther has stated Zayn wasn’t the only right choice to end his title reign.

Under Chad Gable’s mentorship, Sami Zayn faced Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 40 on Saturday. Although Gunther displayed dominance throughout the match, Zayn’s determination prevailed. He unleashed a series of powerful Helluva Kicks, securing the victory and ending Gunther’s reign as Intercontinental Champion.

During an interview on Gorilla Position, Gunther was asked whether Sami Zayn was the right person to end his title reign. Gunther noted that Zayn wasn’t the only right choice to end his title reign as Chad Gable was there as well.

“I don’t think there was one right person. I think there would have been a few options. Chad is the other one that would have made a lot of sense. Sami is definitely one of those where it was ‘he’s the right guy to do it.’ He’s absolutely a fantastic professional wrestler. He has the natural connection with the audience. He’s really the underdog that people can connect with and understand the struggle. It’s naturally the personality he is. He doesn’t look like the perfect athlete. That’s not who he is or ever was. That also adds to the people having a connection because basically nobody in our audience is a perfect person. It’s a very human thing to not be perfect. It’s very easy to connect with it and to go through those struggles with that person. On top of that, he’s fantastic in the ring and has been for years. To do the match with him at the biggest stage possible and go out in the biggest way possible, I was very happy with that. It was a very successful ending to that reign.”


Gunther was on RAW this week as Giovanni Vinci was kicked out of Imperium. It was revealed that both Ludwig Kaiser and Gunther are expected to continue working together on WWE shows, so we’ll have to see what’s next in store for them.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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