Chris Spradlin (b. 1979) is an American Professional Wrestler from Dayton, Ohio best known for his work in Ring of Honor, CHIKARA and other promotions as Chris Hero. He debuted in 1998 and worked in various Midwestern indies, first making his name in Ian Rotten's IWA Mid-South in Indiana. In 2002, he debuted in CHIKARA, teaming with CM Punk and Colt Cabana as the Gold Bond Mafia. He turned heel on his SuperFriends partner Mike Quackenbush in the finals of the 2005 CHIKARA Tag World Grand Prix, costing his team the match against Claudio Castagnoli (Antonio Cesaro) and Arik Cannon. This led to Hero, Castagnoli and Cannon forming the Kings of Wrestling and effectively shaped CHIKARA for the foreseeable future. Hero and Castagnoli would defeat Milano Collection A.T. and Skayde to win the 2006 Tag World Grand Prix and become the inaugural CHIKARA Campeones de Parejas. Hero left CHIKARA at the end of 2007 over what remain to this day completely mysterious circumstances. He has also competed for CZW, TNA, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH, Pro Wrestling Guerilla and many other promotions. Between 2012-2013 he was in WWE's developmental system NXT as Kassius Ohno before getting released.As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.
Big Bad: For 2005-2007. Specifically, the Kings of Wrestling were the dominant heel stable in CHIKARA, and everything centered around them. The 2007 Torneo Cibernetico, at Cibernetico & Robin, September 22, 2007, was the KOW (Hero, Castangoli, Chuck Taylor, Gran Akuma, Icarus, Larry Sweeney, Mitch Ryder and Shane Hawke) vs. Equinox, Incognito (Hunico/Sin Cara Negro), Lince Dorado, Magnonote a replacement for Sicodelico Jr., Las Chivas (Chiva III and Chiva IV) and Los Ice Creams (Ice Cream Jr. and El Hijo del Ice Cream). The way the match works is that it is an elimination tag match where there can be only one person left, even if that means one team has to fight each other after the other team has been eliminated, which is exactly what happened here. Ryder had eliminated Dorado, leaving only himself, Hero and Castagnoli. Castagnoli eliminated Hero and Ryder to win.
Bigger Bad: During the BDK angle. Even though his last CHIKARA match was two years before the group formed, much of the stable had roots in Hero's machinations. Specifically, UltraMantis Black had sent Hero to work for Dr. Cube in Kaiju Big Battel in exchange for Cube giving UMB the Eye of Tyr, a Norse mythological artifact that can be used to control minds. When Ares and Tursas came down to the ring at the end of CHIKARA's 2009 Season FinaleThree-Fisted Tales, Ares demanded that UMB give him the Eye of Tyr.note UMB, Vökoder and Delirious had walked to the ring together in response to Ares demanding "the man with the real power." UMB handed the Eye to Vökoder. After Tursas and Ares unmasked, Vökoder attacked UMB, aligning himself with Ares and the BDK. He unmasked as Tim Donst, who subsequently gave Ares the Eye of Tyr. The other significant event was Shane Storm giving Hero the counter to Quackenbush's submission hold the CHIKARA Special, leading to Storm turning heel and becoming STIGMA.
In his early days, he wore a Superman suit with the "S" crossed out.
Cool Teacher: Given his position in Chikara and CZW, Chris Hero has trained or had a hand in the training of AKUMA, Ares, Claudio Castagnoli, Danny Havoc, Drew Gulak, Eddie Kingston, Hallowicked, JC Bailey, Larry Sweeney, Lince Dorado, Lucky tHURTeen, Mickie Knuckles, Orange Cassidy, Portia Pérez, Thumbtack Jack, Tim Donst, Trik Davis and many, many more.
Evil Minion: Shane Hagadorn was taken up as one, once Chris Hero truly rededicated himself to the Kings Of Wrestling in Ring Of Honor.
Expy: Of ECW's Super Nova, being a similar long-haired superhero wrestler with a highly technical moveset.
Finishing Move: Hero's Welcome(rolling cutter), Hangman's Clutch, Rubik's Cube (electric chair lift into pile driver), Hero's Welcome: Championship Edition (Spinning Over the Shoulder Michinoku Driver), Kassius Klutch
Friendly Enemy: He and Castagnoli in Ring Of Honor, even after Hero broke up the Kings Of Wrestling to follow Larry Sweeney he'd team right back up with Castagnoli if allowed. This was in drastic contrast to their breakups in Chikara and Pro Wrestling Guerilla.
Friend Versus Lover: His relationship with Candice LeRae became a point of contention between the Kings Of Wrestling after Castagnoli betrayed Chris Hero to BLKOUT and tried to help Human Tornado get his hands on LeRae. Don't worry, they made back up... Hero and Castagnoli that is.
The Heavy: He lead the CZW Invasion of Ring Of Honor.
How Much More Can He Take: As far as punishment goes, he fell to CM Punk in a fifty five minute tables ladder and chairs match. As far as length goes, he and Punk went to several hour long time limit draws. He did beat CM Punk for the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship, two falls to one, and it took hero ninety two minutes to do it.
Knight of Cerebus: His turning shaped the very future of all events of CHIKARA to this very day.
Leitmotif: KoW by Cody B. Ware for the Kings Of Wrestling in Ring Of Honor
Megaton Punch: He defeated Shane Storm at CHIKARA The Crushing Weight of Mainstream Ignorance by blasting him with a single right-hand punch.
Messianic Archetype: Chris Hero claims to be the savior of CZW. Exactly what he is saving it from and whether the crowd agrees...varies. In the case of the Gulak Campaign, they seem to agree.
Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Briefly played the younger villain to William Regal's older don't-call-me-a-hero in a feud referencing the fact that Regal had trained him in his career's formative years.
The Kings Of Wrestling eventually became a stable with Chris Hero and Castagnoli using Mitch Ryder, Max Boyer and Shayne Hawke as henchmen in Chikara. Arik Cannon, Larry Sweeney, Icarus, Chuck Taylor and Gran Akuma outside of it.
Power Trio: The Kings Of Wrestling Started as one when Hero joined AC/CC (Arik Cannon/Claudio Castagnoli) but then Cannon left. Became a trio again with Sara Del Rey.
Sent Castagnoli out of Chikara. Later, Castagnoli returned and returned the favor to Christ Hero.
While in NXT, he was taken off TV allegedly for a lack of commitment to physical conditioning. Whether or not it's true, his weight gain was certainly noticeable. He returned, but was then released not long after.
Real Life Writes the Plot/Unperson: Chris Hero had a legitimate falling out with CHIKARA. No details have ever been confirmed. CHIKARA suppresses discussion and speculation to the point that bringing it up at all is a bannable offense on the fan forums, and his name is autocensored on the message board as "John Kerry."
The Jannetty: In Dragon Gate USA, Trent Baretta teased him over the fact Claudio Castagnoli was headlining WWE when it should have been Hero, who Baretta accuses of shooting himself in the foot for not eating salad.
The H8 Club (Nick Gage and Justice Pain) in CZW to the Kings Of Wrestling.
The Kings Of Wrestling had QuackenSaw (Jigsaw and Mike Quackenbush) Lightning Storm (Shane Storm and Mike Quackenbush), ShaneSaw (Shane Storm and Jigsaw) in Chikara. Also Incoherence (Delirious and Hallowicked)
Team PWG (Super Dragon and B-Boy) in Pro Wrestling Guerilla
Brave in NOAH, particularly Takeshi Morishima and Mohammed Yone (AKA Captain NOAH), who acted as a tag team against Hero and Castagnoli
The Olsen Twins, Colin and Jimmy in 2CW
The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson) in ROH and PWG
Individually, he's wrestled to several draws with CM Punk in IWA Mid-South and the International Wrestling Cartel
The Worf Barrage: Just how many people haven't been knocked out by his elbow or rubix cube? At ROH Goldrush, Tyler Black endured several, the last time he didn't even fall down before flooring Hero with a super kick. Though in that case, Hero endured several super kicks without being pinned himself.
At IWA Mid-South he won the first ever Ted Petty Invitational.
The Kings Of Wrestling won CZW's Last Team Standing in 2006
He and Claudio Castagnoli later "won" Ring Of Honor's tag wars in 2010, though they did not actually compete in the tournament.
Trash the Set: An unintentional example. During his match with Claudio at the King of Europe Cup 2007, he suplexed Claudio so hard that the ring actually caved in from the impact. Considering that, unlike, say, the Brock Lesnar-The Big Show incident on SmackDown! in 2003, these guys aren't superheavyweights, that says something about either how hard the suplex was or how poorly the ring must have been constructed.
Unfortunate Name: Started his career as Wife Beater, named after the style of sleeveless white shirt he wore. He changed it after a women's organization threatened to protest a show he was wrestling on in Wisconsin.
Weapon of Choice: A golden elbow pad, or really, any combination of metal and elbow pads
You Have Failed Me: Turned on Claudio Castagnoli and joined up with Friends In Similar Tights but then Castagnoli came back under a mask and Hero eventually forced him to rejoin him as The Kings Of Wrestling. Claudio Castagnoli would eventually defeat Hero and disband the Kings Of Wrestling but the team would make up outside of Chikara in Ring of Honor.