After having his name tweaked last week, SmackDown’s Ludwig Kaiser is seemingly back to his old identity in WWE.
The 8 April edition of SmackDown saw the official main roster call-up for Imperium’s Gunther and Marcel Barthel, with the latter receiving a name change of Ludwig Kaiser upon leaving NXT 2.0. However, it appears WWE has already applied further changes to his ring moniker.
Less than a week ago, WWE.com’s roster page saw Ludwig Kaiser listed as ‘Ludvig Kaiser,‘ a minor change that seemed aimed at clarifying the pronunciation for non-German audiences. However, it seems the change was short-lived as the roster page once again lists him as ‘Ludwig Kaiser.’ Dated screenshots of the name changes can be seen below.
Ludwig Kaiser is now Ludvig Kaiser. The Ludvig name is inspired by former WWE star Ludvig Borga. I guess Vince loves the name Ludvig. pic.twitter.com/yWK0yfgg5l
— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 25, 2022
Ludvig Kaiser is now Ludwig Kaiser again. pic.twitter.com/D4qUD21nMR
— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 31, 2022
Signed by WWE in 2017, the 31-year-old has found success as part of the Imperium stable, WWE’s take on the iconic Ringkampf group. He’s a two-time NXT Tag Team Champion alongside his and Gunther’s former partner Fabian Aichner, who was left behind in NXT.
As Axel Dieter Jr., he was a major star in his home of Germany, where he primarily performed for westside Xtreme wrestling. There, he held the organization’s Unified World Wrestling Championship and, alongside Da Mack, their World Tag Team Championships, as well as being the runner-up in the prestigious 16 Carat Gold tournament in 2015 and 2016.
While his recent name tweaks were minor, it marks the latest in a long line of WWE name changes throughout 2022. The likes of WALTER, Pete Dunne, Raquel Gonzalez, Kay Lee Ray, and Austin Theory have all endured changes to their in-ring monikers, becoming Gunther, Butch, Raquel Rodriguez, Alba Fyre, and Theory, respectively.