WWE’s penchant for changing wrestler names is a well-trodden path. The corporate does it on a regular basis, predominantly to guarantee they personal a name they will trademark and market. Nevertheless, when one among their hottest rising stars, WALTER, was rebranded as “Gunther” on Tuesday night time — effectively, WWE actually stepped in it.
The 34-year-old wrestler from Austria is a huge crowd favourite. WALTER established himself on the unbiased scene all through the 2000s and 2010s, routinely having a number of the greatest, hard-hitting matches wherever he went. Critically, the person is a delight. An old-school throwback wrestler with a fashionable aptitude, who appears to be like like a James Bond villain, making his one-word, all-caps name completely good.
Nevertheless, individuals took discover when a copyright submitting by WWE together with the ring name “Gunther Stark.” It has been presumed WALTER was going to transfer away from NXT (WWE’s developmental model) and onto its fundamental roster to coincide with the Royal Rumble, making the name change a pure a part of the method.
Only one drawback. There already was a “Gunther Stark,” and he may need been a Nazi.
Now look, I do know not EVERYONE who fought for the Germans in World Struggle II was a member of the Nazi social gathering — however Gunther Stark was on the very least a U-Boat captain who fought for the Nazis. So taking a man who is from Austria and re-branding him after a very-real historic determine, who simply so occurred to be on the Axis aspect of WWII, contemplating all the pieces taking place on the planet proper now is … hoo boy.
Former WWE wrestler Keith Lee, couldn’t consider it both.
Man….if what I am listening to is actual….Advertisements
— Selective Lee (@RealKeithLee) January 19, 2022
Possibly it’s all simply a bizarre coincidence. Maybe somebody within the WWE artistic division is a large Recreation of Thrones fan and thought it gave the impression of Ned Stark’s bizarre German cousin. Or possibly there’s an precise Nazi sympathizer making selections and didn’t count on anybody to catch their Easter Egg. I’d like to consider this was an harmless mistake, however not double-checking that your Austrian wrestler may be getting the name of a potential Nazi is worthy of ridicule.