It’s not for everyone. With WrestleMania 38 out of the way, it is time to start moving forward with the unofficial new season of WWE. That means there are a lot of moves to be made and some of those will involve people coming up to the main roster from NXT, but not everyone will be the same person once they make the move. There were two such moves this week, with one of them changing a bit.

Gunther and Marcel Barthel of Imperium made their full time SmackDown debuts this week, with Gunther winning a match. Barthel was now appearing under a new name however, now going by Ludwig Kaiser. There is no word on why the name change took place. The name Imperium was not used for the pair. The final member of the trio, Fabian Aichner, was not mentioned and there is nothing to suggest that he will be joining the main roster as well.

Opinion: This is a move that had been mentioned as a possibility and I’m not surprised it took place. Gunther had nothing left to do in NXT and it makes sense to bring him up to the main roster. Kaiser is fine as his lackey and it isn’t like he and Aichner were going to take the WWE tag division by storm. This is a good thing for everyone involved and I’d like to see how well it can go for Gunther against bigger and better competition.

What do you think of the new additions? How will the two do on SmackDown? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books

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