WWE Cuts Bait With Kassius Ohno

WWE has released Kassius Ohno from his developmental contract. Ohno, who is best known as Chris Hero for his work on the US indies, was considered to be one of the company’s brightest prospects.

One issue that we heard with Ohno was the trainers felt he needed to spend more time in the weight room. The comment didn’t sit well with him and we were told at the time he took great offense to it. Ohno was pulled from NXT television over the summer but returned in September.

Ohno is already accepting independent bookings as Chris Hero, as he was informed of his WWE release on Friday.

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  • Guest

    (Here’s a comment that I thought was worth quoting)
    What a joke! They keep Ryback a guy that can barely walk with out getting winded but let go of a talented guy the can put on a 25 30 60 minute match. This is a sad day but that’s wwe for ya take a guy that’s been wrestling for ten years all over the world and send him to “school” and another thing who in the blue hell came up with the name kassius ohno His Name Is CHRIS HERO AND HE THROWS ELBOWS

    • jdl

      It doesn’t matter if he wrestled for ten years all over the world. When you’re stubborn and difficult to work with then all the experience in the world is meaningless. The guy took offense to being asked to keep himself fit, he’s lucky he didn’t get canned months ago.

      • JJ

        It wasn’t a matter of fitness they wanted him to bulk up to match their image but if you look from when he was originally gonna be signed to now he did have three strikes against him. First was a failed phsyical, second was the body image problems they saw, and finally was his stubburnness to knuckle under and just do what they say.

        • Mike McCarthy

          well imagine spending ten years proving you’re one of the best in-ring workers on the independent scene and being signed to the top company in the world and not be used. This is the situation that CM Punk was in two years ago and he proved everyone wrong. WWE (Vince specifically) can’t admit when they’re wrong about something, they’re the stubborn ones.

          • Jeff Sanchez

            GTFO with that nonsense. Hero was has bee fat and out of shape for months now. His matches in NXT were started too suck so Vince asked him to step up in the gym. How does that make Vince wrong? Being great in the Indies is like being a great foorball player in the Arena Football league, it doesn’t mean crap until you prove yourself in the big leagues with the big boys and Hero proved he couldn’t hang win the big leagues. And BTW, Vince wasn’t wrong about CM Punk. Punk couldn’t drae a 3.0 rating the whole time he was champ. So much for that “Face of the company BS” nonsense that Punk fans were talking when he dropped that overrated pipebomb that was suppose to change things. It changed things for the worse of anything because ratings are now worse now then they were before he cut that promo.

    • Lewis Reale

      From what I’ve been told by a reliable source, Chris Hero actually came up with the name Kassius Ohno himself…

  • McNasty

    I think that was a bad decision. They shouldve given him more of a chance.

  • eskymi

    It’s too bad for him, I never saw him as Hero or Ohno as for me I pretty much know nothing of anyone who is not on the WWE main roster (by choice), but it’s too bad cause I have read on here that he was pretty good.

  • Xavier

    That’s unfortunate to hear. I really enjoyed Hero’s work in IWA & ROH. Dude could flat out get it down inside the ring. But I had read reports a month or so back that he was butting heads with management a lot. Even before all that he failed a physical right off the bat. Hopefully he’ll get another shot in the future though. I’d love to see him on the big stage.

  • smark calloway

    i could see this coming..on this weeks episode of nxt he looked terrible. he must have the worst body in wrestling. his face and body was so gaunt , he looked like a drug addict or something. plus in his match with harper , he didnt really do much, he lacked any real fire and didnt really look to be a threat to harper in any part of the match

  • The Breaker

    This just flat out sucks. He was one of the most exciting prospects in NXT and I thought he had the skills to make a huge splash on the main roster. But if he really was being as uncooperative as people have said then I can’t say WWE really made a mistake by letting him go. Guys unwilling to work hard for the spot they’re after usually aren’t worth second and third chances.

  • Tony Rankin

    Wow that sucks. He had an awesome match with Luke Harper on NXT. They definitely just lost a rare talent but I can’t say I’m surprised from what I heard had been going on backstage about him.

  • Mysterion

    Insanely unfortunate to see a guy who was out of shape, arrogant, self centred and clearly thinking he deserved more getting his come uppance. Piss off Chris Hero.

  • Mysterion

    Insanely unfortunate to see a guy who was out of shape, arrogant, self centred and clearly thinking he deserved more getting his come uppance. Piss off Chris Hero.

  • HurriOwl

    The guy definitely has skills. He also looked to be in much better shape than he was in the spring. However, he seemed to be lacking…something. Whenever I saw a still picture of him (at least in WWE), he lacked a fire in his eyes, IMO. Something was missing. And if the attitude issue is real, well….

  • JJ

    Bad move by the WWE, not every athlete has to look or be the same, he was a great worker. I hope TNA can give him a serious offer and get him involved

  • Mike McCarthy

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Scott Davies

    This goes to show you, not everybody makes it in WWE. But he did seem like his passion in WWE is gone & maybe going back to Ring of Honor will bring it back.

  • BlazeKing

    “One issue that we heard with Ohno was the trainers felt he needed to
    spend more time in the weight room. The comment didn’t sit well with him
    and we were told at the time he took great offense to it.”

    I would take offense too; especially if I already lost a significant amount of weight before I even got there!!! Chris Hero used to be a fat*** when he was in CZW and was slimmed down in ROH. The last NXT show he was on (earlier this week), he looked in even better shape than he was when he got to WWE!!!

    It never sat well with me when they pulled that “You need to lose weight” crap with Husky Harris/Bray Wyatt only to end up putting on TV at the same weight he was when he was told to lose it. It reminds of Jane Geddes (the woman on Total Divas who told Eva Marie to dye her hair blond) being petty about looks rather than talent. I have no clue where Eva Marie has talent other than being eye candy in the first place. She’s way too green to be in the ring on Raw.

    I’ve lost confidence with WWE when it comes to utilizing talent.