Imperium’s WWE Conflict At The Citadel reunion wasn’t a one-off.
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson notes that following the three September premium stay occasion, Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci are actually listed as a tag group on WWE’s inner SmackDown roster. This may recommend that Vinci’s shock look alongside Kaiser accompanying Gunther to the ring at Conflict represented a call-up from NXT 2.0.
Kaiser, who wrestles and serves as Gunther’s mouthpiece, launched Vinci previous to Gunther’s acclaimed Intercontinental Title match with Sheamus. Gunther was then introduced as “the chief of Imperium”, with the trio showing on tv collectively for the primary time since April.
Together with Brawling Brutes members Butch and Ridge Holland, Kaiser and Vinci brawled away from ringside earlier than Gunther vs. Sheamus began in earnest.
Previously Fabian Aichner, Vinci had been repackaged as NXT 2.0’s “Giovanni Vinci” when Kaiser and Gunther have been promoted to SmackDown with out him on the blue model’s 8 April episode. Although he retained his new ring identify at Conflict At The Citadel, he appeared to have deserted all indicators of his Gucci-inspired gimmick, reverting to his older, extra critical persona.
Pre-split, Gunther, Vinci, and Kaiser had been united as Imperium since Might 2019.