WWE's Gunther Explains INCREDIBLE 65lbs Weight Loss

WWE Intercontinental Champion Gunther on getting RIPPED for TV.

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WWE Intercontinental Champion Gunther has unpacked why he decided to lose 65lbs and get in the best shape of his wrestling career.

Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, Gunther stated that his body transformation stated that during the COVID-19 pandemic, Imperium stablemates Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci had a nutritionist helping them with their diet. This was something he, personally, had always neglected (h/t WrestlingNews.co):

“The first step was like, during COVID, we have a friend that is a bodybuilder and he's coaching people. I think he owns a gym now and runs it and stuff. He started to help Kaiser and Gio with their diet a little bit and they were following a diet and they got in incredible shape. So we had that guy around and I was never really, that's the one thing I have to say. Usually, I was always on top of things in my adult life, but the diet is always something I kind of like neglected."

Continuing, Gunther explained that when Imperium was moved from WWE NXT to the main roster, being on national television motivated him to change his physique. He compared his old look to that of "a butcher from the next-door shop", claiming it was time for him to progress:

"I was good the way I was, but when I signed for the main roster and I knew, okay, moving over now I know I'm gonna be on national TV I thought okay, let's bring the best version of yourself you can. You’re going to be in front of millions of people every week. I think that step is necessary now. I'm glad I did it. I feel like the independent wrestler Walter that was a little bit bigger and looked like a butcher from the next-door shop, that was cool. I think that was fine for then and I feel like for the wrestling enthusiasts on the independent market, like when you think back like Stan Hansen or Terry Gordy, like the bigger guys, I think it has its place in wrestling a little bit, but I felt like it was time to make a step and progress.”

Gunther, whose body transformation stands amongst the most impressive in recent wrestling history, is currently assigned to WWE Raw as Intercontinental Champion. He had reigned for 532 days at the time of writing, eclipsing the Honky Tonk Man's pervious record of 453.

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