Former NXT UK champion Walter changed his in-ring name and will now be going by Gunther. The change was announced by Walter himself last night after he defeated Roderick Strong in the main event of NXT.
“And the winner of the match is…Gunther,” he proclaimed, as a big brawl between Imperium and The Diamond Mine followed.
Originally, WWE trademarked the name Gunther Stark last week with the United States Patent and Trademark Office but that name is also of a Commander of the U-740 u-boat of Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine. After some backlash online, it looks like WWE dropped the Stark name and gave the Austrian a first name only.
The 34-year-old, whose real name is Walter, used a variation of his first name as a ring name ever since he started wrestling in 2005.