Pro Wrestling: Chris Hero returns to Chicago Ridge
By Jessi Virtusio Pro Wrestlingfirstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @JessiVirtusio March 6, 2014 6:58PM
"Knockout Artist" Chris Hero will challenge Ring of Honor Wrestling world champion Adam Cole for his belt on March 8 in Chicago Ridge.
‘RAISING THE BAR NIGHT 2’
♦ 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Frontier Park fieldhouse, 9807 Sayre Ave.,
♦ Tickets, $20 for
general-admission ticket, $25 for fourth row, $30 for third row and $40 for second row
♦ (215) 781-2500; rohwrestling.com
Updated: April 8, 2014 6:12AM
It’s been more than 2 1/2 years since “Knockout Artist” Chris Hero has wrestled in Chicago Ridge, but he’ll be back there with Ring of Honor Wrestling on March 8.
“Raising the Bar Night 2” marks Hero’s first Southland appearance since leaving ROH for WWE’s developmental system NXT (formerly Florida Championship Wrestling), where he spent nearly two years training as Kassius Ohno.
Released from his WWE contract in November, Hero has no regrets. “I learned a great amount,” he said of his time in NXT.
“I was able to spend time not only with a lot of talented people but also just very experienced wrestlers from years past, all of the coaches that I was able to spend time with and all of our special guests.
“I was able to pick something up from just about everybody from Triple H to Undertaker to Bret Hart to Shawn Michaels.
“If you’re in a facility like that (WWE Performance Center in Florida) and those people make their way through the doors and you don’t pick something up, something is wrong.
“I was even able to spend the better part of three months in a feud and interview segments with William Regal. That’s a guy who’s been a bit of a mentor to me over the years.
“To be able to work with him in that capacity in front of the camera, I picked up things I will use for the rest of my career.”
As ROH and independent pro wrestling fans know, Hero was an accomplished wrestler before inking with WWE and he continues to be on demand on the indy circuit now.
March 8’s show will see Hero compete in a Ring Masters Challenge match against ROH world champion Adam Cole in the main event.
“Since I’ve been back, I’ve wrestled Adam Cole a handful of times and man, he’s really gotten good,” Hero said.
“But with my approach, I always try to take away something from every match whether it’s a loss or not. Adam Cole is awesome, but I definitely know what it’s going to take to beat him.
“It’s a Ring Masters Challenge, so what better way? He’s not wrestled anywhere near the length that I have, and he doesn’t have the edge when it comes to longer matches.
“I don’t think he’s as well-rounded as I am with international experience.”
Hero, who made his debut in 1998 has wrestled as close as the now-defunct Elite Pro Wrestling in Oak Forest and Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South’s Teddy Petty Invitational in Midlothian and Joliet to Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan.
As for the March 8 show, Hero said he’s looking forward to the ROH world tag-team championship match featuring reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) defending their belts against the Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), who are the International Wrestling Grand Prix junior heavyweight tag-team champions.
“You’re going to have some of the best wrestling in the world at affordalbe prices, live, in an intimate atmosphere,” Hero said.
“It’s not WWE but it’s not trying to be WWE. It stands on its own and is literally some of the best wrestling in the world.
Jessi Virtusio blogs about music, movies and more at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment .
A Pro Wrestling Extra blog article will feature much more from “Knockout Artist” Chris Hero.