WWE had a huge wave of releases last week due to the ongoing pandemic, which resulted in some beloved superstars’ stay in the company coming to a premature end. One of these talents was Kassius Ohno, better known as Chris Hero in the independent circle.
Ohno was the only NXT UK star to face the axe last week and has finally broken his silence on social media after his release. He changed his Twitter account name to ‘WWE Alumni’ and shared a picture of his wrestling boots inside the squared circle.
Ohno was first moved to the Alumni section on the WWE website, before his release was announced, which could be the reason behind his new Twitter name. The picture of his boots could signify him ‘hanging up his boots’ and leaving the wrestling ring once and for all.
Ohno returned to WWE in 2016 and mostly played the part of elevating younger talent in his stay with the company. He moved over to NXT UK last year but hasn’t had much impact in the sister brand of NXT.
Ohno was widely considered to take up a coaching role in the Performance Center after his WWE career was done, but it seems like the release has brought a rather early end to his in-ring career. As Chris Hero, he was one of the biggest names on the indie circuit and had a long run in Ring of Honor in late 2000s.
This wasn’t his first stint with WWE, as Ohno had previously been a part of NXT back in 2012.
Several comments poured in after Ohno’s tweet, and many fans begged him to not leave the wrestling business. Even superstars like AEW’s Joey Janela and ROH’s Cheesburger reacted to the tweet, praising his work.
Similar to the other releases over the past week, Ohno’s future remains uncertain for the time being, but more clarity should come in the coming weeks.