• SmackDown Superstar Doesn’t Want His Original Name Back
In January 2022, WWE (then still under Vince McMahon’s control) changed the name of long-time Independent Wrestling Superstar and the longest-reigning WWE NXT UK Champion WALTER to Gunther.
During a recent interview with ‘Inside The Ropes’, the current Intercontinental Champion spoke about the name change and revealed that neither does he miss his original name, nor does he want it back under Triple H’s watch now.
Here’s what Gunther said when asked if the name change bothers him:
“No, not really, to be honest. I think it felt like a step up in general, compared to who I was before, and I wouldn’t want to take that away.
I think progress is always something positive and not negative, and I think it would be more negative to be like, go back to who I was before.
I’ve put a lot of work into being a new person, an updated version of myself, so I wouldn’t want to take that away.”
The former WALTER successfully defended his Intercontinental Championship against Sheamus at WWE Clash At The Castle and even reunited Imperium that night, when Giovanni Vinci (fka Fabian Aichner) rejoined the group.
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• Old School Japanese Wrestling Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School Puroresu Legend The Great Kabuki (Real name: Akihisa Mera) celebrates his 74th birthday today.
During the 53 years of his active in ring career, Kabuki wrestled for various promotions, such as All Japan Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, World Class Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling, Georgia Championship Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Noah and Jim Crockett Promotions.
He even appeared at the 1994 Royal Rumble PPV, where he was an entrant in the 30 man Royal Rumble match, after he helped Yokozuna and others to put The Undertaker in a casket.
During the 80s Kabuki was managed by famous manager “Playboy” Gary Hart.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREAT KABUKI!