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Walter Hahn (born 20 August 1987), known mononymously as WALTER, is an Austrian
professional wrestler Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving wrestling matches whose progress and outcome are planned in advance, typically between performers with established character roles. The wrestling matches are base ...
and trainer. He is currently signed to
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, where he performs on the NXT brand. He was previously the longest reigning
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; his 870 day reign as champion being the longest reign in WWE history since 1988. He is the leader of the
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stable featuring
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and Fabian Aichner. Hahn has appeared in a number of Independent circuit, independent promotions around the world, most notably Westside Xtreme Wrestling, becoming a three-time wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship, wXw Unified World Wrestling Champion, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), where he is a former List of PWG World Champions, one-time PWG World Championship, PWG World Champion, and Progress Wrestling, where he is a former Progress Unified World Champion. He is considered to be one of the best wrestlers in the world and has gained notoriety around in various promotions due to stiff chops that he hits in matches. Overall, Walter is a five-time World heavyweight wrestling championship, world champion in wrestling and the first Austrian to compete in the WWE.


Professional wrestling career


Westside Xtreme Wrestling (2007–2020)

Walter made his Westside Xtreme Wrestling debut on 4 May 2007, in a match that also involved Atsushi Aoki, Adam Polak, and Tengkwa on the pre-show at the Westside Xtreme Wrestling#16 Carat Gold Tournament, 16 Carat Gold Tournament. He defeated Zack Sabre Jr. to win the wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship on 2 October 2010 in Oberhausen, Germany. He lost the title to Daisuke Sekimoto on 15 January 2011, but won it back later that year on 2 May 2011, during a Big Japan Pro Wrestling card in Tokyo, Japan. He would then hold the title for 383 days, before losing it to Sami Zayn, El Generico on 19 May 2012. In early May 2012, Walter was defeated by Yoshihito Sasaki in a match to crown the inaugural BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship, BJW World Strong Heavyweight champion in Yokohama, Japan. He won the title for a third time on 27 July 2014, defeating Tommy End at Fans Appreciation Night, then lost it to Karsten Beck on 17 January 2015. Walter and partner Robert Dreissker defeated RockSkillet (Jay Skillet and Jonathan Gresham) to win the wXw World Tag Team Championship at day three of 16 Carat Gold on 3 March 2013. They would later lose the titles in Hamburg, Germany to Hot and Spicy (Axel Dieter Jr. and Da Mack). He partnered Zack Sabre Jr. to win the vacant wXw World Tag Team Championship on 4 October 2015 in the finals of the 2015 World Tag Team Tournament, but relinquished the title at the wXw Fifteenth Anniversary Show on 12 December 2015, losing to Cerebrus (Ilja Dragunov and Robert Dreissker). Walter and Ringkampf stablemate Timothy Thatcher defeated Massive Product (David Starr (wrestler), David Starr and Jurn Simmons) to win the wXw World Tag Team Championship in the finals of the 2017 wXw World Tag Team League on 8 October 2017. On 11 March Walter and Thatcher lost the wXw Tag Titles to Da Mack and John Klinger. He was head trainer at the wXw Wrestling Academy until early 2020.


Progress Wrestling (2015–2019)

On 24 May 2015, Walter debuted as Big Daddy Walter in Progress Wrestling at the 2015 Super Strong Style 16 Tournament at the Electric Ballroom in London, losing to Rampage Brown in the first round. The two met again later in 2015 at Chapter 23: What A Time To Be Alive! in a match notable for the ring breaking after Brown was Professional wrestling throws#Irish whip, whipped into the corner. He entered the Super Strong Style 16 Tournament again in 2016, reaching the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Chris Hero. Walter participated in the tournament to determine the inaugural Progress Wrestling#Progress Atlas Championship, Progress Atlas champion in 2016 but he finished the tournament with 2 points. At Chapter 47, Ringkampf (Walter, Axel Dieter Jr. and Timothy Thatcher) challenged British Strong Style (Pete Dunne (wrestler), Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) for all of their championships, in a six-man tag team match, unsuccessfully challenging all of them. He defeated Matthew Riddle, Matt Riddle to win the Progress Atlas Championship at Chapter 51: Screaming For Progress at the O2 Academy Birmingham. He lost the title to Riddle a little over a month later on a Progress card in New York City, but recaptured it at Chapter 55: Chase The Sun at Alexandra Palace in a Professional wrestling match types#Basic non-elimination matches, Three Way match that also involved Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher. At Chapter 68: Super Strong Style 16 Tournament Edition 2018, Walter vacated the Atlas title in order to chase the PROGRESS world title, held by Travis Banks. At Chapter 74: Mid Week Matters, he defeated Banks to win the title. During the 2019's edition of Super Strong Style 16, Walter defeated Trent Seven in a title vs title match, winning Seven's Progress Atlas Championship. At Chapter 95: Still Chasing, Walter lost the Progress Unified World Championship when Eddie Denis successfully cashed in his title opportunity gained by defeating Mark Andrews at Chapter 76. This was a triple threat match also involving David Starr.


Evolve (2017–2019)

Walter debuted in Evolve (professional wrestling), Evolve at Evolve 90 on 11 August 2017 in Joppa, Maryland, defending the Progress Atlas Championship against Fred Yehi. Walter unsuccessfully challenged for the WWN Championship the next night at Evolve 91 in New York City in a Professional wrestling match types#Basic non-elimination matches, Four Way match that also involved Matt Riddle, Keith Lee (wrestler), Keith Lee, and Tracy Williams. He again made an unsuccessful challenge for the WWN Championship on 9 December 2017 when he was defeated by Lee at Evolve 96 in New York City.


Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2017–2018)

Walter made his Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) debut by entering the Battle of Los Angeles (professional wrestling)#2017, 2017 Battle of Los Angeles tournament, where he was eliminated by eventual finalist Keith Lee in the opening round. He was then defeated by Ricochet (wrestler), Ricochet at ''All Star Weekend 13 - Night One''. The next day, he got his first PWG victory by defeating Zack Sabre Jr. in a match that was awarded a five-star rating by Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. In January 2018, Walter unsuccessfully challenged for the PWG World Tag Team Championship with Ringkampf partner Timothy Thatcher, losing to the defending Chosen Bros (Jeff Cobb (wrestler), Jeff Cobb and Matt Riddle). On 21 April 2018, Walter defeated champion Keith Lee (wrestler), Keith Lee and Bronson Reed, Jonah Rock in a three-way match to win the PWG World Championship. Walter later lost the title to Jeff Cobb on 19 October.


Defiant Wrestling (2018)

It was announced that Walter was going to be added to the Defiant Internet Championship match of David Starr (wrestler), David Starr against Travis Banks at Lights Out. However, Banks did not compete due to a foot injury. Instead, Walter would later defeat Starr to become the #1 Contender for Banks' title, which would end in a draw at No Regrets. On 2 June, Walter defeated Banks and Zack Sabre Jr. to win the Defiant Internet Championship. On 30 December 2018, Walter lost the title to Martin Kirby.


WWE (2019–present)

On 12 January 2019 at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, Walter made his
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debut by confronting WWE United Kingdom Championship, WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne (wrestler), Pete Dunne after Dunne's successful title defense. The following week Walter confronted Pete Dunne and Joe Coffey in ring. Although he did not say anything, he made his intentions for Dunne's WWE UK Championship quite clear. On the 2 February 2019 episode of ''NXT UK'', Walter made his in-ring debut against Jack Starz. He beat Starz in under four minutes. At NXT TakeOver: New York, Walter defeated Dunne to win the United Kingdom Championship, ending Dunne's record setting reign at 685 days.


Longest-reigning NXT UK Champion (2019–2021)

On the 22 May episode of ''NXT UK'', Walter won a rematch for the United Kingdom Championship against Dunne, after interference by the ''European Union'' (Fabian Aichner and
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), thus establishing himself as a heel and reuniting ''Ringkampf'' under the new name ''Imperium''. The faction would later be joined by Alexander Wolfe (wrestler), Alexander Wolfe, after he interfered in a match pitting Imperium against British Strong Style (the team of Dunne, Tyler Bate, and Trent Seven). On the 26 June episode of ''NXT UK'', Walter retained his title against Travis Banks. On the 3 July episode, Imperium interfered in Moustache Mountain's title match against Grizzled Young Veterans therefore making Grizzled Young Veterans retain their titles. After the match, they injured Tyler Bate. On 31 August at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff, Walter retained his title against Tyler Bate. The match was highly acclaimed. In the build-up for the NXT UK (WWE brand), NXT UK and NXT (WWE brand), NXT co-branded event, Worlds Collide (2020), Worlds Collide, Imperium began feuding with The Undisputed Era (NXT Championship, NXT Champion Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, and NXT Tag Team Championship, NXT Tag Team Champions Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly), which was further intensified during the closing moments of NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II on 12 January 2020, when the group attacked Imperium following Walter's successful title defense against Joe Coffey (wrestler), Joe Coffey. During his reign the following week, the WWE United Kingdom Championship was renamed to NXT United Kingdom Championship and he was presented with a slightly updated belt design, which replaced the WWE logo at the center with the NXT UK logo. On the 29 October episode of ''NXT UK'', Walter retained the championship in a match against Ilja Dragunov in another highly acclaimed match. On the 14 January episode of NXT UK, Walter would face A-Kid (wrestler), A-Kid for his United Kingdom Title and retain the title. On 19 February 2021, Walter became the longest-reigning NXT United Kingdom Champion, breaking Pete Dunne's record of 685 days, making Walter the longest-reigning champion in WWE history since 1988. On the 17 March episode of NXT, Walter would return to NXT and decimate Tommaso Ciampa. It would be announced that at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver night 1, Walter would defend his NXT UK Title against Ciampa. On the 24 March episode of NXT, Walter would defeat Drake Maverick. On 5 April, his championship reign surpassed the 2-year mark. 2 days later at NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver, Walter retained the title against Ciampa. The next day, on NXT UK Prelude, Walter would successfully defend his title against Rampage Brown. At NXT TakeOver 36, Walter dropped the title to Dragunov in a rematch ending his historic reign at 870 days.


Various feuds (2021-present)


Personal life

Walter is currently dating Jinny Sandhu, better known as NXT UK Superstar, "The Fashionista" Jinny (wrestler), Jinny.


Championships and accomplishments

* CBSSports.com, CBS Sports ** Match of the Year (2020) vs. Ilja Dragunov * Defiant Wrestling ** Defiant Internet Championship (1 time) * European Wrestling Promotion ** EWP Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Michael Kovac * Fight Club: PRO ** Infinity Trophy (2018) * German Stampede Wrestling ** GSW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Robert Dreissker (The AUTsiders) * Over the Top Wrestling ** OTT Championship (1 time) * Progress Wrestling ** Progress Atlas Championship (3 times) ** Progress Unified World Championship (1 time) * Pro Wrestling Fighters ** PWF Nordeuropäische Wrestling Meisterschaft Championship (1 time) * Pro Wrestling Guerrilla ** PWG World Championship (List of PWG World Champions, 1 time) * ''Pro Wrestling Illustrated'' ** Ranked No. 14 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the ''PWI 500'' in 2019 * Rings of Europe ** 20 man Halloween Rumble (2006) **RoE King of Europe #1 Contenders Championship Tournament (2007) *TNT Extreme Wrestling ** TNT World Championship (1 time) * Westside Xtreme Wrestling ** wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship (3 times) ** wXw World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Ilja Dragunov (1), Robert Dreissker (1), Timothy Thatcher (1), and Zack Sabre Jr. (1) ** wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament (2010) ** wXw World Tag Team Tournament (2015) – with Zack Sabre Jr. ** World Tag Team League (2017) – with Timothy Thatcher ** Ambition 11 Tournament (2019) * ''Wrestling Observer Newsletter'' ** List of Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards#Europe MVP, Europe MVP (2018-2020) *
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** NXT United Kingdom Championship (NXT United Kingdom Championship, 1 time)


Notes


References


External links


Westside Xtreme Wrestling profile
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