NXT UK Champion Walter reveals reason he never wanted to sign with WWE


Being a WWE Superstar is something that many people want to grow up to be. The big matches, the title belts, the huge pay-per-views, all of which would stay with an individual forever.

However, not every member of the company's roster dreamt this as a child. NXT UK Champion Walter, who has held the title for over 765 days, recently revealed this was the case for him.

Speaking on WWE's After The Bell, the leader of Imperium expressed he was never interested in moving to America and pursuing a career with the company.

“First of all, I was never thinking about signing with WWE,” Walter said. “That was never a goal. I was happy in the process, sometimes you get lost too much when you think about the future. I have to force myself to do it as well, sometimes your brain is way ahead of you. I was never too keen about leaving Germany, leaving Europe to live in the United States.

“Most of the other wrestlers are willing to do it because it was their goal from day one, maybe early in their career that’s where they want to go. For me, for the most time in my life, it was never a realistic thing that I could actually ever wrestle for WWE or something like that.”

Before he joined the UK's Black and Gold Brand, the Austrian was a big name on the European Independent Circuit, wrestling for the likes of Germany's WXW promotions. 

His love for being in Europe meant he has not desire to go to the States and be on TV. Walter went on the say how before NXT UK was created, WWE was an isolated place and it was hard for those over seas to become a Superstar.

Walter and Tommaso Ciampa

“When I started 10 years before, the wrestling world was very different,” he said.

“WWE was very protected or isolated from everybody else. It was so difficult to get into WWE and they opened up a few years ago and actually realized how much talent there is out there to work with.

“When everything came to talks with NXT UK at first, they talked to me right when it started and I was doing really well on the indies and I just wanted to see what else comes up and I just said wait and see what happens.

Walter and Pete Dunne

"When NXT UK came up and we talked again, it sounded like okay obviously the focus is to build something in Europe and the UK is the obvious first step in that process because England was the hottest place to [wrestle].”

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