GUNTHER is a wanted man.
GUNTHER is now the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time, beating the 35-year-old record belonging to The Honky Tonk Man who held the title for 453 days. The champion wanted to celebrate that feat on Raw recently but was interrupted by the man who almost stopped the record from being broken, Chad Gable.
That soon broke down into Gable and his tag team partner Otis in a brawl with all of Imperium and the numbers advantage began to prove too much. Thankfully for American Alpha, Tommaso Ciampa soon made his presence felt running off Imperium with the help of a steel chair.
Tommaso Ciampa is coming after GUNTHER
On Raw in Salt Lake City, Ciampa defeated Giovanni Vinci, earning Vinci more disgust from Ludwig Kaiser. Speaking in an interview after that match, Tommaso Ciampa made very clear that he got involved in Imperium’s business for one reason, to be the man that finally ends the reign of GUNTHER:
“Listen, tonight we got the job done, but the job’s not them. I made it clear that Imperium did not choose me, I chose Imperium. The truth is, I chose GUNTHER. If I gotta go through Giovanni and Ludwig to get to GUNTHER, we’re gonna get to the final boss.
“We’re gonna get to the Intercontinental Title. Let me tell you something about the Intercontinental Title, what that means to me. This business did not choose me, I chose this business from a very, very young age. This is my first love and I’m twenty years deep and I think about what got that love sparked.
“It’s Bret Hart, it’s Rowdy Piper, it’s Mr. Perfect, it’s the British Bulldog. It’s the Intercontinental title. It’s the workhorse title. Because that title was built for guys like me. And, now look what GUNTHER’s done. You’ve surpassed them all.
“You are the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time… for now. Because, soon, the dragon will be slayed and I will be the dragon slayer. GUNTHER, we’re going to step in that ring together whether you like it or not. We’re going to lock eyes and I’m going to see that doubt creep in, that doubt that hasn’t crept in for the past year because you know something that I know.
“Tommaso Ciampa is a better professional wrestler than GUNTHER on Monday, on Tuesday, on Wednesday, on Thursday, on Friday, on Saturday, on Sunday, on Monday again. Your time’s coming… And New…”
— WWE (@WWE) September 19, 2023