The recent vignettes for Giovanni Vinci on NXT are for a returning Fabian Aichner.
In recent weeks, videos have been shown of a new star coming to NXT 2.0, highlighting someone that spoke Italian and boasted of being someone of high class. Tonight’s vignette revealed the character's face for the first time, revealing Aichner. Vinci will be debuting next week on NXT.
Aichner is a former two-time NXT Tag Team Champion with the former Marcel Barthel, now Ludwig Kaiser on SmackDown. Together with Gunther, they were known as Imperium. However, shortly before Kaiser and Gunther were called to the main roster, Aichner abandoned Barthel during a match against the Creed Brothers on the April 5 edition of NXT, splitting up Imperium as Aichner did not appear with them on the main roster.
Signing with the WWE 2016, Aichner was one of the 32 participants to compete in the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, where he was eliminated in the first round by Jack Gallagher. He eventually went on to join the Imperium and also made appearances for EVOLVE prior to their shutdown.