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.
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.
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."
Signature Move: Favors a discus elbow. Also a Yakuza Kick he calls "The Mafia Kick"
Smug Snake: Basically his role in Chikara, though he was a very big deal at points. Also in CZW and ROH, though some of this can be blamed on the crowds of both egging him on.
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 Worf Barrage: Just how many people haven't been knocked out by his elbow or rubix cube?
Tournament Arc: At IWA Mid-South he won the first ever Ted Petty Invitational.
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.