When Chris Hero left the WWE, he became the hottest free agent on the independent circuit, at least before AJ Styles left TNA Impact Wrestling earlier this week. While Hero has taken a number of bookings, including Evolve and CZW, it was Ring of Honor that made the biggest splash. According to PWInsider on Dec. 18, Hero will next appear at the ROH television taping next month.
While they are still technically an independent, Ring of Honor Wrestling is the third largest wrestling promotion in America, and actually have a nationwide TV deal, thanks to being owned by Sinclair, who owns channels across the country.
While Ring of Honor just lost two of its biggest stars to the WWE in Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, the farewell show for Edwards was also the one that welcomed Chris Hero back.
Edwards wrestled his final Ring of Honor match at "Final Battle 2013," and after the world title main event on that show, Hero made his return, taking out world champion Adam Cole. With three ROH wrestlers in BJ Whitmer, Roderick Strong and Jimmy Jacobs taking a stand against men like Edwards, who leave the company for the greener pastures of the WWE, a storyline might be perfectly built in with Hero, who did the same thing two years ago.
Hero and his partner Claudio Castignoli wrestled on the very first ROH television show as The Kings of Wrestling, losing to Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team. The two then left for the WWE, with Castignoli becoming a huge star under the name Antonio Cesaro. Hero languished in the developmental system before being released earlier this year.
Now, Hero is back in Ring of Honor and it looks like they will start to build some big stories around him as he attends the Jan. 4 TV taping, where about a month's worth of shows should be taped. Hero has also been booked for the ROH Anniversary Show in February and the Feb. 22 TV taping as well.