Hero’s WWE Deal Confirmed

Chris Hero’s protracted WWE contract saga has reached a happy ending.

Following the resolution of reported medical test issues, ROHWorld.com can announce that Hero was present at WWE’s Florida developmental facility, this Monday. Our sources have confirmed that the small print of the deal has now been finalised.

It’s widely-believed that the record-breaking former ROH World Tag Team Champion will, initially, compete in the FCW feeder promotion, until a suitable spot on the main WWE roster becomes available. Hero’s ROH partner Claudio Castagnoli (AKA Antonio Cesaro) has, himself, been performing in the Sunshine State for the past four months.

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Over the thirteen years of his professional career to date, independent icon Hero has forged a reputation as one of the most gifted talents not yet to fall under the WWE umbrella.

His time in ROH will be remembered not only for his achievements as one-half of the legendary Kings of Wrestling tag team, but also for his crucial role as the main antagonist of 2006’s seminal ROH vs. CZW angle.

More recently, a metamorphosis into a knockout-specialist persona solidified Hero’s status amongst the most complete performers to emerge since the collapse of the territory system.

In his formative years, the versatile Dayton native honed his craft under the finest trainers from each of the major wrestling continents. Time spent in the NOAH Dojo, Funkin’ Conservatory, Blue Bloods Academy and also under Jorge ‘Skayde’ Rivera; laid the foundations for the multi-faceted superstar that Hero would go on to become.

Billed at 6’5” and 225lbs, ‘That Young Knockout Kid’ possesses exceptional levels of athleticism, for a man of his size. The charismatic 32-year-old is also renowned for his ability to engage an audience, when handed a microphone.

His history with established WWE stars, such as CM Punk and Bryan Danielson (alias Daniel Bryan), should also stand him in good stead. In addition, his comedic timing and mastery of multiple in-ring styles will open up the possibility of fresh match-ups with everyone from Sin Cara to the Funkasaurus.

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All at ROHWorld.com would like to thank Chris for everything that he contributed to Ring of Honor, over the years.

He’s come a long way, from his days of performing under the name “Wife Beater”, struggling with weight and confidence issues, and working for Ian Rotten.

We wish him well, on the road that lies ahead.

Dave Wood

Dave is a former member of the ROHWorld team who wrote feature articles on a semi-regular basis.