"The winner of this match is Gunther!"
WALTER revealed that he has a new in-ring name after defeating Roderick Strong last night.
With WALTER now based in the United States full time, he faced off with Strong in the main event of last night's NXT. He pinned Strong after hitting a powerbomb.
WALTER got on the microphone after the match and declared that he's now Gunther. Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner then hit the ring to help WALTER beat down Strong. Strong's Diamond Mine stablemates Julius & Brutus Creed ran out to make the save and brawled with Imperium as the show went off the air.
WWE had filed a trademark for the name "Gunther Stark" on January 13. A Google search shows that there was also a Nazi U-boat commander during World War II with that name.
The 2022 men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic also kicked off last night with The Creed Brothers defeating Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen and Malik Blade & Edris Enofe defeating Legado del Fantasma's Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde.
The winner of the men's Dusty Classic will challenge Barthel & Aichner for the NXT Tag Team titles.
More coverage from last night --
- Speak Now: WALTER name change, NXT 2.0 review
- WALTER changes name to Gunther on WWE NXT
- Five matches, musical performance set for next week's WWE NXT
- First two teams advance in WWE NXT men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
- WWE NXT live results: WALTER vs. Roderick Strong
WWE NXT video highlights --
Grayson Waller reveals that he filed a restraining order against LA Knight
Dexter Lumis vs. Grayson Waller
Dusty Classic first-round match: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen vs. The Creed Brothers
Dante Chen is returning to the ring after injury and the death of his father
Dante Chen vs. Guru Raaj, Duke Hudson returns
Joe Gacy says having the strength to face negativity is a true measure of progress
Bron Breakker will soon learn that Santos Escobar does things on his time
Tony D'Angelo conducts a "memorial service" for Pete Dunne
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter console Briggs & Jensen after their loss
Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz video package
Kay Lee Ray vs. Ivy Nile
Sarray is returning to NXT with a new passion and energy
Dusty Classic first-round match: Malik Blade & Edris Enofe vs. Legado del Fantasma
Solo Sikoa is ready to go to war with Boa next week
Yulisa Leon vs. Dakota Kai
Raquel Gonzalez turns down Cora Jade's offer to team together in the women's Dusty Classic
Roderick Strong vs. WALTER
NXT fallout: Things aren't over between Diamond Mine and Imperium
NXT fallout: Bron Breakker is about to find out who Legado del Fantasma are
NXT fallout: Toxic Attraction runs the NXT women's division
NXT fallout: LA Knight thinks he's smart, but he isn't as smart as Grayson Waller