• Top WWE Star Thinks Times Have Changed For Evil Foreigner Characters
During a recent appearance on the Rob Brown Show, Intercontinental Champion ‘The Ring General’ Gunther (fka WALTER) spoke about the classic representation of evil foreigner characters on WWE TV and how times have changed since the good old days.
Here’s what the Imperium leader had to say:
“Times have changed. 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.”
WALTER joined WWE NXT UK in 2019 and ended up holding the NXT United Kingdom Championship for 870 days, thus making him by far the longest title holder in the (now defunct) championship’s legacy.
In January 2022, he was renamed Gunther and eventually debuted on the WWE main roster (SmackDown) in April, before winning the Intercontinental Championship in June 2022.
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 21, 2017) – Former WWF Jobber Passed Away
On this day in 1989, we lost Old School WWF Enhancement Talent Johnny K-9 (Real name: Ion William Croitoru) at the age of 53 with the cause of death still being unknown.
While Johnny K-9 was doing jobs on WWF TV on a regular basis during the 80s, some of you might also remember him as Bruiser Bedlam from Jim Cornette’s SMW Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
In 2011, he was charged with first degree murder, but was released in 2016.
December 7, 1963 – February 21, 2017