Marcel Barthel: Bio
Germany’s Marcel Barthel was always destined to be a Superstar. The son of European wrestling legend Axel Dieter, Barthel trained in amateur boxing and grappling in his youth in preparation for one day entering the squared circle. That day arrived in 2007, when he began learning the ropes under his father.
Over the next 10 years, Barthel established himself as one of the German independent wrestling scene’s brightest prospects. He joined the WWE Performance Center in summer 2017 and made his WWE Network debut a year later on NXT.
Barthel has since proven to be a true mat magician, as well as a no-nonsense competitor. With the posture of a steel pole and a facial expression that rarely deviates from the stern setting, Barthel is practically unflappable — though on the rare occasion that he does lose his cool, he’s quick to let his opponents know by defiantly screaming “nein” in their face.
Now aligned with WALTER and Fabian Aichner in the imposing Imperium faction and with an NXT Tag Team Championship reign under his belt, Barthel has one word for Superstars who are unfortunate enough to have to battle him: Achtung!