Former WWE Superstar Keith Lee has given his take on the name change which has been given to Walter on his arrival in NXT 2.0.
Earlier this month, the Austrian declared that he would be leaving NXT UK where he had made home in recent years and been a dominant title holder for the British brand.
On the January 18th episode of NXT 2.0, Walter made what looks to be his full-time debut for the brand when he took on Roderick Strong in the main event of the show. The match came about after a confrontation between Imperium and Diamond Mine, with Walter ending up pinning the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion following a vicious powerbomb.
Before a post-match fight would continue between Imperium and Diamond Mine, Walter asked for a microphone and declared that the winner of the match was in fact Gunther, signifying the rumoured name change for the dominant star was correct.
Whilst the name change has been widely criticised by fans, former NXT Champion Keith Lee has weighed in on the situation with a post on social media, saying that he feels sorry for the Austrian.
Man….if what I’m hearing is real…. Poor Walter.
Man….if what I'm hearing is real….
— Selective Lee (@RealKeithLee) January 19, 2022
Keith Lee was subjected to a name change briefly before his release from WWE, when he was known as ‘Bearcat’.
The confirmation of Walter being known as Gunther comes about after WWE filed a trademark for the name Gunther Stark. This sparked controversy as Gunther Stark is the name of a German Navy U-Boat commander who served in World War II.