The longest reigning champion in WWE WALTER has explained why joining WWE was never something he thought of as a goal for himself.
The reigning NXT United Kingdom Champion joined the NXT UK brand in January 2019. Debuting on NXT TakeOver: Blackpool, the Austrian confronted then-NXT UK Champion Pete Dunne after Dunne had successfully defended the title against Joe Coffey.
At NXT TakeOver: New York in April, WALTER unseated Dunne as champion and has held the title for over two years. However, none of this might have happened for the Ring General. Speaking to Corey Graves and Vic Joseph on the After The Bell podcast, WALTER explained why WWE was never a goal for him.
“I was never thinking about signing with WWE, it was never a goal. I was happy in the process, sometimes you get lost too much when thinking about the future. Sometimes, your brain is way ahead of you so I always have to focus on what I’m doing right now. I was never too keen about leaving Germany or Europe to live in the United States. It’s a big step. Most of the other wrestlers are willing to do it because it’s their goal from day one or early in their career. For me, it was never a realistic thing that I could ever wrestle for WWE.”
“When I started ten years ago, the wrestling world was different. WWE was very protected and isolated from everyone else. They opened up a few years ago when they realized how much talent there is. When everything came to talks with NXT UK, they talked to me right when it started and I was doing well on the Indies. I wanted to wait and see what happens.”
For WALTER, however, the chance to get out of the uncertain indie wrestling world was something that helped him decide to make a future for himself under the WWE umbrella.
“When everything came together with NXT UK, I was thinking about myself. The travel schedule on the Indies was really rough. You’re working for a different guy every day and have to organize everything. If you rely on the promoter, there’s a chance you get stranded somewhere. I was only home two or three days a week. When NXT UK came up and we talked, obviously the focus was to build something in Europe and it was the logical first step in the process.”
During the podcast, WALTER also shared who his two dream opponents would be, one of which would provide WALTER with a very European test indeed.