Just a week after being crowned the new WWE Intercontinental Champion, Gunther has received high praise from Jim Cornette, who has predicted big things for the former WALTER.
The 10 June broadcast of Friday Night SmackDown saw an Intercontinental Championship contest between Gunther and the defending champion Ricochet. Ultimately, it would be ‘The Ring General’ leaving as the new champion, beginning his first title reign on the main roster.
Gunther has often been heralded as one of the greatest performers of the generation but now, even Jim Cornette has praised Gunther and acknowledged the potential he has within WWE. Reviewing the title match on the latest Jim Cornette Experience podcast, the legendary manager compared to Gunther to “a Killer Kowalski or Gene Kiniski”:
“I like it. I really [do] because part of it’s going to help with Vince because Vince doesn’t like guys that don’t have a physique. And he did have a lot of meat on him, and he could still move and he could still work and do all of his stuff at that size. But now his cardio has got to be better. He does look like he’s tanning, so he’s doing the things that Vince is gonna like cosmetically.
But he still reminds me of a Killer Kowalski or Gene Kiniski. Those arms are so long, the hands are so big, he hits so hard. You hear him when he lays hands on people, the body language and everything. I like the lean look because he still is so convincing. And now it looks like he can go forever.
So with that height and the length of those arms, those big paws, you know, I’m fine with it. And I just, I think if they don’t screw him up, he’s so different, and he’s so much more polished of a performer than almost everybody else on the roster at doing what he should be doing. That, if they don’t f*ck him up. He’ll be big.”
Gunther joined the main roster on the SmackDown following WrestleMania 38, joined by Marcel Barthel, who had donned the moniker of Ludwig Kaiser. The Austrian behemoth has remained undefeated ever since, with this win over the former Prince Puma marking his biggest on the main roster.
He’s reportedly in WWE’s good books at the moment, per a Fightful Select report. His willingness to lose weight and relocate permanently to the United States is cited as the reason behind this.
The real-life Walter Hahn joined WWE when he debuted at January 2019’s NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool event, confronting then-NXT United Kingdom Champion, Pete Dunne. He’s since held that championship himself for a record 870 days, one of the longest reigns in modern WWE history.