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WWE releases former ROH star

GERWECK.NET has learned that Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero) was released earlier today from his developmental contract. Ohno had been working and training with the NXT roster.

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20 Responses

  1. rufuskjones says:

    how sad truly one of the best talents hope he gets a chance with impact and become a big star

  2. meghj says:

    No surprise at all!
    WWE hires complete rookies – adolescents with NO background in wrestling indy scene, or very little backgound, just to turn them into … clowns, puppets, gimmicks.
    Pure WWE style!

    Chris Hero did not fit the picture with his previous resume!

  3. Daniel says:

    Damn. This was the one NXT guy I wanted to see get called up. Ugh. WWE pisses me off so much sometimes.

  4. Scott Grady says:

    You mean “complete rookies” with no “background in wrestling indy scene” like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro, and AJ Lee?

  5. Mimura says:

    very disappointing :/ I was looking forward to him being brought up to the main roster, I doubt it had anything to do with his suspension earlier this year as he did look like he was in good shape upon his return.

    ADR, Antonio Cesaro, Christian, CM Punk, Curt Hawkins, Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Dean Ambrose, Drew McIntyre, Erick Rowan, Evan Bourne, Fandango, Hunico, The Usos, Jinder Mahal, John Cena, Justin Gabriel, Los Matadores, Luke Harper, Miz, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, Ricardo Rodriguez, RVD, Santino Marella, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Tensai, Wade Barrett, Yoshi Tatsu, Zack Ryder and a few more would probably argue with you on that comment.

  6. Cutting Edge says:

    I think what meghj means is that WWE has shown over the last several year that they prefer to create their own stars from total scratch rather than put the time and effort in turning guys who have been on the indy circuit a while into new personalities. The issue with a guy like Chris Hero is that he’s so well-known outside of WWE that once you change his whole persona, he gets kind of lost in the shuffle. Creating characters from scratch with guys people don’t know all that well is much easier because when that person is introduced, people only know them as the persona WWE presents to us. John Cena was maybe in the business a year or so before WWE grabbed him. He was as raw an in-ring performer as they come, but his star-power potential is what WWE wanted. Plus, if you’re a guy like Chris Hero, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, or Consequences Creed, you HAVE to buy into the WWE: the charities and company-line. If not, you’ll get devalued in a hurry. Look at Brodie Lee, Tyler Black, and Jon Moxley. They’ve all seemingly taken a back seat to guys like Windham Rotunda (Bray Wyatt) and Joe Anoa’i (Roman Reigns). Both of those guys were signed right out of playing college football! However, both also have that family connection to WWE. WWE has made it harder for indy guys to succeed than it really needs to be. Those guys worked HARD to get to that point and WWE just pushes them aside for their own project talents. We don’t like it, but it seems to be the truth from my point of view.

  7. kent says:

    well people at least they still got daniel bryan,cm punk and antonio cesaro 😀

  8. Scott Grady says:

    While WWE may like to develop their own talent, the fact that they still have experienced indy talent(Paige, Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Solomon Crowe, etc) shows there’s still interest in the indies. To be honest, there’s more talent with sizable indy experience now than there was when OVW was their developmental system. Let’s be honest. Angle got picked after the Olympics, trained by Dory, sent to WWE’s Memphis system with a nice push, and got called up to the main roster where he won the European Title, the IC Title, King Of The Ring, and the World Title within his first year.

  9. Fisha695 says:

    Here is something to think about though, maybe he asked for his release?

  10. Meh says:

    Ohno still appears at despite his release.

  11. gerry says:

    Oh man I wanted to see him as the fourth member of the shield

  12. LOL says:

    Taz what is Chris Ohno doing in the IMPACT ZONE?????

  13. Mimura says:

    @Cutting Edge, I totally agree with you on some points. But there’s also the matter of said wrestlers getting over.

    I wouldn’t say Ambrose, Rollins, or Luke Harper (he’s an important part to Bray Wyatt’s angle) are taking a seat to Wyatt or Reigns. Ambrose and Rollins are equally part of the same main storyline as Reigns. It’s just WWE using what fans are reacting to. There are exceptions to that obviously, case in point CM Punk initially on the main roster on ECW, he was always super over yet WWE kept booking him horribly (and still do from time to time). But who knows, it might have been bookers trying to humble Punk a little bit, or it may have been sure stupidity.

    Also, WWE have been signing guys with no experience such as Kurt Angle, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton who have proven to be amazing workers. I don’t always agree with what WWE does, but I will admit in WWE’s ability to see potential in workers, as well as their ability to pull the plug if needed (Great Khali excluded hahaha, but at the same time he wasn’t brought in for his skills, but more for the freak show aspect of wrestling). It’s WWE’s job to be able to see potential in someone whether they have no experience, little experience, or an amazing amount of experience, but the worker has to meet them half way and be able to get over.

    It’s also the matter of us wrestling fans refusing to believe that people we’ve watched for a long time before going to WWE, are now failing to get over with the casual wrestling fan. It’s all a matter of opinion anyways when it comes to this stuff!

  14. Mimura says:

    *sheer stupidity, but u know what I mean

  15. Matt says:

    meghj doesn’t even know who’s on the roster on either side if he’s spewing that bs.

    And besides wrestlers go new places all the time. Someone getting released from X company isn’t the end of the road or even a bad thing. Why bother to cry about something that doesn’t even matter?

    You have an internet connection don’t you? No one’s stopping you from following him regardless of what companies he’s in at the moment.

  16. Later Marks says:

    Bill DeMott is the reason Ohno got released, same for Trent Baretta. Those two guys and other NXT guys that were let go have something in common, they weren’t liked by Bill DeMott. So don’t blame Vince or HHH because for the most part they don’t do the hiring or the firing. Bill DeMott is bad for business.

  17. Really? says:

    Now he’s got a chance to make a real Impact at a place that needs a turnaround. A place where he can turn the heavyweight division into his personal “Knockout” division.

  18. Deathedge says:


    Impack, Knockout division, I see what you did there. 😉

    I personally think he needs to go back to being a Hero of honor, but that’s just me…

  19. Kerry Standifur says:

    He may return to ROH.

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