As WWE gears up for the highly anticipated SummerSlam on August 5, they are breaking records and creating a buzz with their impressive performances in the first half of 2023.
Gunther, the reigning Intercontinental Champion, has recently surpassed the remarkable 413-day mark with the coveted title. With just 41 more days, he could break Honky Tonk Man’s record for the longest reign in the history of the championship.
Before his WWE SmackDown debut in April 2022, Gunther, formerly known as Walter, had already made a name for himself in NXT UK. He held the NXT UK Championship for an astonishing 870 days, engaging in a fierce rivalry with Ilja Dragunov that resulted in several unforgettable moments in the ring.
Known for his vicious chops and hard-hitting style, Gunther has proven himself as a formidable contender for any title. At NXT TakeOver 36, Ilja Dragunov managed to dethrone him and claim the NXT UK Championship. Now, with Gunther defending his IC title against Drew McIntyre at SummerSlam, the possibility of Dragunov’s WWE main roster debut looms large.
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Given their intense history, fans are eager to see if Ilja Dragunov makes a surprise appearance at The Biggest Event of the Summer, potentially costing Gunther his title. Whether he interferes in the championship bout to aid McIntyre or stages a direct confrontation with Imperium’s leader on August 5, his involvement could prove decisive and mark the end of Gunther’s undefeated streak on WWE’s main roster.
SummerSlam has a reputation for delivering stunning debuts and returns, making it the perfect platform for Ilja Dragunov’s arrival on the main roster.
But Gunther isn’t the only WWE star who needs to be cautious at SummerSlam 2023. Drew McIntyre and Sheamus have been engaged in a heated feud since WrestleMania 39, exchanging savage banters both in and out of the ring. With potential allies like Dragunov, the dynamics in the upcoming event could take a surprising turn.
Additionally, Imperium, who were feuding with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on RAW, might now face new challenges if McIntyre and Dragunov join forces against the heel faction at SummerSlam.
The stage is set, and the excitement is building as WWE fans eagerly await SummerSlam for what promises to be a thrilling and unpredictable night of wrestling action.