Chris Hero

Nicknames: That Young Knock-Out Kid, The Gaijin Godzilla

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 240lbs

From: “Metropolis” (Dayton, Ohio)

ROH Debut: 2006`

Years Pro: 12

Trained By: Dory Funk Jr., Ian Rotten, Les Thatcher, Tracy Smothers, Dave Taylor, Fit Finlay, Williams Regal, Jorge ‘Skayde’ Rivera, Pro Wrestling NOAH dojo, Marshall Kauffman (boxing)

Allies: Claudio Castagnoli, Shane Hagadorn, Sara Del Rey

Rivals: The Briscoes, Eddie Kingston, Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team

 

Career Highlights: ROH World Tag Team Champion (x2, Current), 2007 Survival of the Fittest Winner

 

Finishers: Rolling Elbow Variants, Stretch Plum Alpha, Hero’s Welcome, Moonsault

Signature Moves: Mafia Kick, Elbow Strikes, Cravate, Jumping Senton

 

Personality/Gimmick

One half of the Kings of Wrestling, Hero fashions himself after a heavyweight boxer, wearing a robe and hood to the ring, and reveling in talking trash before every fight, well aware of his ability to back it up. One of the most outspoken men on the roster. Despite instances of cowardly behavior, he doesn’t often back down from challenges, keen to prove his claim to be one of the very best in the world.

 

 

 

Style

As his nickname suggests, Hero relies on heavy strikes to pummel his opponents, particularly various elbows, but also kicks, and hard right hands. He is known to strengthen his strikes with an allegedly loaded elbow pad. These strikes are a recent development however, as Hero made a name for himself with his flashy shenanigans and vast knowledge of Mexican, Japanese and British wrestling, making Hero more than capable of tying up with the most adept technical wrestlers in the world. He is proud to be a Heavyweight wrestler in a company of mostly Junior Heavyweights, but he is also known to demonstrate great agility.

Career Summary

Hero debuted in ROH leading the CZW promotion in the invasion angle against ROH. During this invasion he introduced the company to his tag team with Claudio Castagnoli, the Kings of Wrestling, a team that would remain in the company after CZW lost the war. The Kings quickly won the ROH World Tag Team Titles from Austin Aries and Roderick Strong and despite being heels got over huge with the fans. The pair lost the titles two months later as Claudio was believed to be WWE-bound. This led to Hero hiring Larry Sweeney as his agent, and becoming the centre-piece of his stable Sweet ‘N’ Sour Inc.

 

As a singles wrestler Hero made waves, winning the 2007 Survival of the Fittest, and notably eliminating every other competitor, the first and only winner of the match to do so. He then challenged Nigel McGuinness for the ROH World Heavyweight Title and nearly defeated him. He would also briefly feud with the returning Castagnoli, former stablemate Brent Albright, Delirious, and Roderick Strong, developing his Knock-Out style along the way.

 

Sweeney sent Hero to Japan to train and compete in Pro Wrestling NOAH, allowing Hero to hone his elbow strikes and begin to lose weight whilst gaining muscle mass. It was at this time he begun to don a green elbow pad bestowed on him by the late Mitsuharu Misawa which many have speculated is loaded to aid him knock opponents out. Hero slips the pad on while the referee is not looking and hides it after use to prevent it ever being checked.

 

Hero would begin to rack up impressive wins against the likes of Lance Storm and Bryan Danielson before rekindling a feud with his greatest rival, Eddie Kingston, who accused Hero of keeping him out of ROH for years due to their issues in other companies. The pair began a long feud, with Kingston stealing Hero’s elbow pad before their big grudge match in Kingston’s home town of New York City. Hero produced a new golden elbow pad and used it to knock Kingston out in their match. Kingston would get the last laugh, defeating Hero in a rematch months later. That same night, Hero and Claudio shocked the world by reuniting to assault the new tag team champions The Briscoes. The two teams have been feuding ever since, with the Kings capturing the titles for the second time along the way. At times accused of ducking The Briscoes, they have amassed an impressive number of defenses against all manner of opponents, as well as dominating most of the NOAH tag team division.

 

Current Storylines

The Kings believe they have nothing to prove to the Briscoes and have refused to face them in further title matches after defeating them on several occasions. Instead they are seeking for new competition and demand ROH supplies it. One team that have stepped up to the plate is Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team who the Kings defeated in a closely contested match. Despite their hesitancy to step in the ring with the Briscoes, Jim Cornette has forced them to in the form of a 6-Man Tag Team Match also involving Shane Hagadorn and the Briscoes’ father, Mike, whom Hero knocked out months previously.

 

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