Chris Hero Still Waiting For The Right Time To Make In-Ring Return
Chris Hero last wrestled in 2020
Despite being one of the most celebrated indie wrestlers of the last twenty years, Chris Hero hasn’t set foot in a ring since March 2020 when he was plying his trade in NXT UK.
The former ROH World tag team Champion hasn’t called it a day on his in-ring career though, and told POST Wrestling that he’s just waiting for the right time to return:
“I feel like last year, I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m just waiting for the right thing to hop back in’ and here we are a year later, I’m still waiting for that right thing.,” started Hero. “I feel like — I’ve said this a little bit on my Twitch, ChrisHeroTwitch if you mess around with that - I do these killer watchalongs. I’ve really been enjoying it but I’m really candid there with my — I call it my ‘territory’, that’s all my people… Okay, I love wrestling and there’s so much good stuff going on, but it’s almost too much good stuff going on that it’s just a lot of noise and I don’t wanna interject myself right in the middle of a whole noisy situation. And that’s not that I don’t believe in myself or have faith that whatever I do is gonna kick ass, I know it will, but I want to set myself up for success and the example that I’ve used a lot in personal conversations is like Mania weekend last year; How many graphics did you see for matches that are just like unreal, a dream match, like holy sh***, like whatever, right? And how many of those matches did you watch in full? How many of them have you seen GIFS of? And how many of ‘em did you even forget happened? And these are very talented wrestlers from all over the world so, I am just being very thoughtful about what I do. I’ve got a couple things in mind.
“Not to get into it, I also have some personal stuff going on familywise that has made it difficult to concentrate. But, we’re going in the right direction. I’m excited. I’ve got these interviews that I do, I got some appearances, I do a little bit of producing. I help out with a couple shows here and there. I’m in discussions with a couple groups about also helping out. I love looking at wrestling from the other side and building relationships with people. I’ve got some step-children, some step-nephews and nieces on the independents that I watch and kind of [give advice to], because the time that I spent with Ring of Honor, I think I built relationships with a lot of good people and I just want them to succeed man and you can tell when you talk to people, how much they love it and you know they’re gonna make it. You just don’t know what it is, so I’m just kind of along for the ride and if I can toss ‘em a bone here and there and they’re like — ten years down the road, they’re like, yeah man, he really helped me. I’m like, yeah, that’s good for me, you know?”
Hero wrestled for WWE NXT across two stints as Kassius Ohno, but is best known for his work in the Kings of Wrestling alongside Claudio Castagnoli.