GUNTHER defeated Chad Gable to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship last night on RAW.
Following the show, GUNTHER addressed his victory in a backstage interview during which he claimed that no wrestler can take the title off him. He said,
“What’s going through my mind? I’m not surprised. From the moment on I won this prestigious championship, I saw the vision. I envisioned this very moment that I’m the one to redefine history, redefine the legacy of the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship. I heard them talking, I heard them discussing about their childhood heroes, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Honky Tonk Man, Steve Austin, The Rock. The reality is, when that bell rings, they all can come line up and lace my boots. Because as long as I’m alive, there’s no man born yet to take this title off me again! Thank you!”
With the win, GUNTHER is now on track to becoming the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time and will surpass the record held by The Honky Tonk Man for over 35 years.
You can check out a video of the post-show segment below:
Meanwhile, Chad Gable discussed his loss in a post-match backstage interview and vowed to dethrone GUNTHER down the road.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
Chad Gable on the loss: “Yeah, it’s one of those of those things where — and I think amateur wrestling has taught me a lot about dealing with these huge opportunities. Like having these big character-building and breakout moments at your disposal. Like you gotta make the most of them. And then, when something like tonight happens, it just slips through your fingers. It’s happened to me before in amateur wrestling, but I learned to persevere. Like kind of find my way through it and realize that’s not the end. I promise you, in this situation, it’s the same thing. That’s not the end.”
On what bothered him about the match: “For a number of reasons. One, I have a legacy to protect here, and we can talk all the ha-ha stuff you want, and ‘Thank you!’ and ‘Shoosh!’ and yeah, all that’s fun. It’s a good time to do that to people and fun to play along with, but there’s also times where when it’s my kids sitting in the front freaking row, and we got Gunther up there, talking to them and saying, ‘Is this your daddy?!’ And chopping me in front of them, and my daughter’s crying her freaking eyes out, it kind of stops being fun at a certain point. So, that bothers me at a certain point.”
On his promise to take the title from Gunther: “So you have my word. I swear to you, I swear to everybody, and on myself and my career, that’s not the end. I’m taking the championship, that Intercontinental Championship. I want him to keep it as long as it takes me to get a rematch because I’m coming back for it, and I swear to God, I’m winning that championship.”