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Walter Hahn (born 20 August 1987) is an Austrian former footballer/soccer player turned professional wrestler and wrestling trainer trained by Michael Kovac, Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Tomohiro Ishii. He's known for his ring name WALTER, and for being an all-rounder powerhouse with the most devastating chops known to man. He's currently signed to WWE and performs in the NXT UK brand, appearing at the end of NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool after the main event where Pete Dunne retained the WWE UK Title and made his in-ring debut on NXT UK two weeks later.

Among his accolades, he's 1x NXT UK Champion, 1x Defiant Internet Champion, 1x EWP Tag Team Champion (with Michael Kovac), 1x GSW Tag Team Champion (with Robert Dreissker), 1x OTT Champion, 2x PROGRESS Atlas Champion, 1x PROGRESS World Champion, 1x PWF North-European Champion, 1x PWG World Champion, 3x wXw Unified World Wrestling Champion, 3x wXw World Tag Team Champion (1x with Robert Dreissker, 1x Zack Sabre Jr., and 1x Timothy Thatcher), and win Fight Club: PRO's Infinity Trophy, wXw's World Tag Team Tournament (with Zack Sabre Jr.), World Tag Team League (with Timothy Thatcher) and 2010's 16 Carat Gold Tournament, and was ranked at #77 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2018.


As usual, you can find more info about him on that other wiki, and in his profiles at Cagematch and WrestlingData.

Der Ring Tropen

  • Arch-Enemy:
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: WALTER's chops have been known to turn his opponents almost literally inside-out.
  • Badass Longcoat:
    • A black one with the Ringkampf logo on it that looks like an old fashioned army jacket, since Ringkampf debuted as a team in Progress.
    • In NXT UK, since Ringkampf is nowhere to be seen (or, rather, it's had its Serial Numbers Filed Off) and WWE usually sweeps away any indie reference from its wrestlers, it's instead a greatcoat resembling the one worn by Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Bookends: His run with the Defiant Internet Championship starts with him defeating two departing wrestlers (Travis Banks -to WWE- and Zack Sabre Jr. -due to schedule conflicts with New Japan-) and ends with him being the departing one (to WWE), losing it at the hands of Martin Kirby.
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  • Boring, but Practical: The deceptive simplicity of WALTER's moveset features classic era standards such as suplexes, dropkicks, powerbombs, and - of course - those ungodly chops. He's absolutely no less terrifying for it, for two simple reasons: the moves work, and it's WALTER using them.
  • Broad Strokes:
    • His duels against David Starr in Defiant Wrestling reference the fact that Starr was NEVER able to beat him at wXw.
    • While the stable itself never made it to Defiant,note  his entrance graphics still references his Power Stable in wXw, Ringkampf.
  • The Comically Serious: He's a beefy, mostly humorless guy who rarely talks, so he's the perfect straight man to whenever a promotion decides to do comedy nonsense around him.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: A criticism of his fighting style is that he relies a lot on those painful chops. He gets a pass because those chops really hurt.
  • Cultured Badass: Usually comes out to the fourth movement of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9. This extends to his teammates from Ringkampf.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: At NXT TakeOver: New York he defeated and ended Pete Dunne's 685 days long reign as WWE United Kingdom Champion.
  • The Dreaded: Very, very few members of any roster are willing to fight WALTER.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Won his rematch with Dunne off of interference from Fabian Aichner distracting the ref so Marcel Barthel could clock Dunne with the title belt.
  • Finishing Move: A sleeper hold called "Gojira Clutch", a lariat, and a pumphandle powerbomb called "Golden Bomb". When both of these reliable old soldiers failed to put away Pete Dunne at NXT TakeOver: New York, WALTER improvised a new finishing sequence on the spot: a top rope jackknife powerbomb transitioned into the most terrifying frog splash ever witnessed by man.
    • As many commenters have noted, the thing about Walter that makes him so terrifying is that every move he makes is a finisher, especially those chops of his.
  • Hero Killer: As noted under the Wrestling Monster entry below, WALTER is an unstoppable super-behemoth whose preferred method of proving such is to destroy big-name opponents rather than making an example out of jobbers. His absurd gravitas is such that, despite saying literally nothing and making no effort to attack him, WALTER's appearance at the end of NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool legitimately felt like the death knell for Pete Dunne and his year-and-a-half title reign.
  • Hidden Eyes: In an absurdly rare Real Life example, the prominent shape of WALTER's brow coupled with the overhead lighting of the average wrestling ring mean that the man rarely cuts a promo where his eyes aren't obscured by black, unfeeling shadow.
    • He tends to scowl a lot, which adds to the effect.
  • Hot Potato: The PROGRESS Atlas Championship feud with Matt Riddle: WALTER won it at Chapter 51: Screaming For Progress, then lost it in a NYC house show before recapturing it at Chapter 55: Chase The Sun only to vacate it later.
  • I Have Many Names: "Big Daddy Walter", "Big van Walter", "Man Mountain Walter", "Pater Walter", "Ring Kaiser Walter", "Gha-cha-ping".
  • Like Cannot Cut Like: He can dish chops like candies, but other wrestler's chops barely move him at best.
  • Made of Iron: Can shrug off chops like they're nothing.
  • The Mentor: Towards RAFA and Tim Wiese.
  • Moving the Goalposts: A consequence of external actions: WALTER was set to take part on the vacated Defiant Internet Title three-way at Defiant Lights Out alongside Travis Banksnote  and David Starrnote , however, due to an injury on Banks's side, the match was turned into a #1 Contendership match... which WALTER won. Then at the Road to No Regrets his match against Banks ended up in a draw, needing a rematch at Defiant No Regrets... which ended up being a three-way which also had Zack Sabre Jr., who had to vacate the title before WALTER's arrival due to scheduling conflicts with New Japan Pro-Wrestling. So, with both Banks and ZSJ leaving the promotion, the way was finally cleared for WALTER to become Defiant Internet Champion.
  • Passing the Torch: Was on both ends of this during his time as Defiant Wrestling's Internet Champion. The first was a triple threat involving him, then champion Travis Banks (who was departing to WWE) and previous champion Zack Sabre Jr. (who had to relinquish it several months earlier due to his commitments to NJPW) who competed under the rematch clause. At the end of his run, he was the departing one to WWE, and lost the Title at the hands of Martin Kirby.
  • Power Stable:
    • Catch Hoolz, with Terry Frazier, Sha Samuels, Jon Ryan, Sami Callihan and Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
    • Mind, with Adam Polak, Tommy End, Michael Dante and Karsten Beck.
    • Schadenfreude, with CCK,note  Aussie Open,note  Lucky Kid and Timothy Thatcher.
    • Imperium, with Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel, and Alexander Wolfe.
  • Power Trio:
    • Ringkampf, with Axel Dieter Jr. and Timothy Thatcher.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: His entrance theme is the fourth step of Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World".
  • The Quiet One: He barely speaks a word, preferring instead to let his ring work speak for him. Best exemplified in a promo with Colt Cabana for Rings of Europe's November Classic event, where Colt speaks most of it while WALTER has only two lines: "I have to say something, right?" and "I know". Colt finishes it saying "You are a promo god". It goes to the point that when WALTER pronounced his first words on NXT UK, by shouting "PETER!" when Pete Dunne was about to leave the contract signing for their WWE UK Championship match, there was a noticeable shocked gasp heard across the audience.
  • Red Baron: "Der Bulle aus Wien"note , "Der Ring General"note .
  • Reverse Arm-Fold: WALTER takes this pose to look intimidating to his opponents, looking down on them.
  • Serious Business: Becoming the PROGRESS World Champion is this for him, so much so that when Banks stated that WALTER would not be allowed another title shot as long as he was the Atlas Champion, WALTER instantly stepped down as champion.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of his ringnames was "Big Van Walter", after another powerhouse noted for his stiff moves.
    • One of his nicknames was "Otto Wanz Jr." after Otto Wanz, the former AWA World Heavyweight Champion considered one of the most famous Austrian wrestlers ever.
  • Signature Move: The Chop. The most painful one you'll ever hear.
  • The Stoic: As described by OTT Wrestling Commentator Don Marnell:
    Don Marnell: When we saw Minoru Suzuki, we talked about him being sadistic, enjoying inflicting punishment. When I see WALTER inflict punishment on his opponent, it's almost like he feels nothing.
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  • Wrestling Monster: And unlike older monsters, he's usually been fed midcarders and main-eventers.


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