Kassius Ohno

WWE COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque posted the following photo on Twitter officially announcing the return of Kassius Ohno (aka Chris Hero) to the company.

Hero also made an appearance at the NXT TV tapings on Thursday night from Full Sail University and posted this photo of himself in the ring with current NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. WWE also streamed his return live on Facebook below.

Oh no…

A photo posted by CH (@thechrishero) on

13 COMMENTS

  1. Is keeping the old name punishment for walking away last time? Truthfully, only ROH hardcores know him as Chris Hero, but this Ohno thing is a little crap. And what was that? Walk in, tap the belt and walk out? Doesn’t even look like he has done much in the way of conditioning, which was his problem the first time around. I always wanted a Hero/Cesaro (can’t come close to even spelling his old name) reunion, but that seems so far gone now. They should have him team up with Tyson Kidd when he jumps up and they can be the Sweedish Rejects!!!

  2. No. WWE is using the name they own. They don’t own the name Chris Hero. Also, the tap of the belt was his way of telling Nakamura “I’m back and I’m coming for your championship.” without actually saying the words.

  3. Yes, because WWE doesn’t own the name Chris Hero. They do, however, own the name Kassius Ohno. That’s one of the reasons that his former ROH Tag Team Championship partner no longer wrestles as Claudio Castagnoli. The other reason is because that is the partner’s real name. The partner is better known today as current WWE RAW Tag Team Champion and former WWE U.S. Champion Cesaro.

  4. Well, I guess they own AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, Samoa Joe and all those other names. If most people making the ROH/TNA jump to WWE/NXT get to keep their established names, then there must be a reason more than just the WWE name copyright garbage that seemed to have mostly gone out the window as of late.

    And yes, I do understand the tap of the belt, I’ve been watching wrestling for 34 years now. I was just commenting on how a not-so memorable NXT member can just come in, tap the champion’s belt (that would be Shinsuke Nakamura… who I believe in wrestled under the name… wait… what was it… oh yeah… Shinsuke Nakamura in NJPW) and all of a sudden he’s credible. It was weak at best.

  5. AJ Styles
    Bobby Roode
    Austin Aries
    Samoa Joe
    Shinsuke Nakamura

    … and you do know that most fans (and commenters on this message board) do know who Cesaro/Castagnoli is and that he was Hero/Ohno’s partner in ROH. But that’s for the history lesson. I’m sure TheCyberZon appreciates it.

  6. No, WWE doesn’t own those names. A condition of the deals they signed is that were allowed to use their established names. Also, The Glorious One’s real name is Robert Roode Jr. so legally he can use Bobby Roode where ever he wrestles.

  7. A condition of the deals they signed is that were allowed to use their established names. Also, The Glorious One’s real name is Robert Roode Jr. so legally he can use Bobby Roode where ever he wrestles.

  8. Is he Sonny Onoo’s brother? Seriously why did Chris Hero agree to this name? I can see him joining the Wyatt family and given a new name because this one is horrible! It’s sad WWEvil is buying up all the best indy talent usually only to bury them with stupid names and/or bland matches and programs.

  9. He’s keeping Kassius Ohno name probably because outside wwe he mainly performed on companies with no tv deals/indies so he may not be that popular to viewers whereas in NXT he’s already introduced and viewers know him with that name.

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