Gunther explains the reason for the incredible weight loss

SmackDown’s Gunther opened up about his recent physical transformation after moving to the United States.

During his time in the independent scene and in NXT UK as WALTER, the longest reigning NXT UK champion was a formidable big man in wrestling.

After moving to the United States, adopting Gunther’s new identity wasn’t the only transformation the star underwent, as he also lost a massive amount of weight to keep up with the new persona.

Speaking to Ryan Satin on Out of Character, Gunther explained the reason behind his decision to lose over 60 pounds after moving across the ocean.

“I’ve lost about 60 or 65 pounds. I’ve always liked the look of the big Japanese heavyweights like Stan Hansen, Terry Gordy, Vader, Scott Norton, like those chunky foreign heavyweights. I’ve always loved the look and always found this look to really suit my style. There was never a big reason for me to say, ‘Okay, let’s change that.’ Besides, no one has ever said that to me. I was about that size when I was signed and no one ever saw that as a problem. It just suited me.”

“But now there has always been this change. I kind of knew I was going to change some things, although I didn’t know exactly what it was. But I always thought I had to do my part. I have to show that I’m adapting and I have to show that I’ve put the work into the change. I think that was the most obvious choice.”

Gunther went on to say he knew more eyes would be on him once he found his way onto the main roster and that also influenced his decision.

“Plus, I knew I would be on the main list going forward. It’s a national television show not only watched by hardcore wrestling fans. It is seen by everyone, by ordinary people.

“If I look the way I look now, I will be more attractive and stand out than if I look the way I looked before because I think that in the context in which I appeared before I was taken seriously and got away with being a serious competitor like that. But I think if you play in the top division every week on national television and you want to represent the top athletes, you have to be in shape to do it.”

Gunther is currently the Intercontinental Champion and appears on SmackDown alongside Ludwig Kaiser, another Imperium member.


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