Several weeks ago on SmackDown, Gunther successfully defended his Intercontinental Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura.
During an appearance on 101 WRIF, the Austrian star revealed that Nakamura was one of the guys he used to look up to when he began his wrestling career. He said,
“Shinsuke is easily one of the best wrestlers in the world of the last decade, like the last 10 years or something. When I really started out in my career, going around places and stuff, he was definitely one of the guys that I always used to watch to be like, ‘Okay, that’s the standard that is set in the world right now when it comes to quality of matches,’ and stuff like that.”
Gunther recently defended the IC title against Sheamus at Clash at the Castle. Despite Sheamus taking everything the champion had and more, Gunther managed to get the pinfall over the Celtic Warrior.