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FCW Sunshine: Kassius Ohno



Hello everyone, this is Vaude Influence.

For this week’s edition of FCW Sunshine, I’m going to do something special for FCW Sunshine.

The format will be the same as usual as I get to give out my thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well. However, this time, I have a special guest that will also give their thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well.

This type of format will be going on for a couple of weeks. My special guest for this week’s FCW Sunshine is none other than Wrestlecorp User 52.

Anyway, let’s get started shall we?

Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a knockout artist.

Wrestler: “The Knockout Artist” Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero).

Background Information: Kassius Ohno is from Dayton, Ohio. He is trained by Dory Funk Jr., Ian Rotten, Les Thatcher, and Tracy Smothers.

After graduating from Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio, he decided to train as a professional wrestler in the summer of 1998. After undergoing some initial training in Middletown, Ohio, he debuted on September 12, 1998 in Xenia, Ohio, wrestling Shawn “HeartThrob” Halsey in the Unified Championship Wrestling (UCW) promotion.

His initial training in Middletown was under the supervision of a small time promoter named Gary Goffinet. He trained for a little while alongside his friend, Adam Ghazee, under a wrestler by the name of Bo Dacious.

At the suggestion of Matt Stryker, he underwent further training at Les Thatcher’s Cincinnati-based HWA Main Event Wrestling Camp between May 1999 and November 1999. In December 1999, he traveled to Ocala, Florida, to train under Dory Funk, Jr. at the Funkin’ Conservatory (FC) professional wrestling school.

As he wrestled wearing a “wifebeater” T-shirt, he began using the ring name Wife Beater. He continued to use the Wife Beater character until a women’s group, offended by the gimmick, organized a boycott of a show on which he was wrestling in Platteville, Wisconsin. The character was discussed on the talk show Politically Incorrect, although he was not mentioned by name.

After he was booked for a series of family-friendly shows for NWA West Virginia / Ohio, he changed his ring name to Chris Hero. He wrestled his last matches as Wife Beater in 2000.

In 2000, he began working for the Indiana-based Independent Wrestling Association Mid South where he received supplementary training from Ian Rotten. In the following years, he spent a great deal of time working with Tracy Smothers on IWA Mid-South shows and he credits Smothers with being a mentor of his.

In October 2002, he attended the Blue Bloods Wrestling Camp, operated by English wrestlers Dave Taylor, William Regal, and Northern Irish wrestler Dave Finlay.

In July 2003, Chikara brought in Skayde from Último Dragón’s Toryumon Gym in Mexico City to teach some special lucha libre clinics. He took part in the training sessions and was able to add an entirely new style to his repertoire. He attended Skayde sessions in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Mexico City between 2003 and 2006.

He debuted for IWA Mid-South on July 1, 2000, in a losing attempt versus Harry Palmer. In his first year in the promotion, he won the annual Sweet Science 16 tournament (now known as the Ted Petty Invitational or TPI) defeating four other wrestlers in the process (Colt Cabana, American Kickboxer, Ace Steel and Harry Palmer), and unsuccessfully challenged Sabu for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Bloodfeast 2000. He engaged in feuds with the Suicide Kid, American Kickboxer, Mark Wolf, and the Rugby Thug.

Throughout his IWA Mid-South career, he became a 4x IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion. He continued to compete in IWA Mid-South until he left the company in 2007.

On May 25, 2002, at Chikara’s inaugural event, he teamed with CM Punk and Colt Cabana calling themselves the Gold Bond Mafia in a losing effort against The Black T-shirt Squad of Reckless Youth, Mike Quackenbush, and Don Montoya. In July 2003, the team of him and Mike Quackenbush, the SuperFriends was formed.

Throughout his Chikara career, he became a Chikara Campeones de Parejas Champion. On December 9, 2007, at Stephen Colbert > Bill O’Reilly, he lost a feud ending match against Castagnoli and has not returned to the company since.

In December 2002, he debuted in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) wrestling Ruckus in a match. He wrestled a second match later that year teaming with B-Boy against Nate Hatred and Nick Gage in a match that ended in a debacle. He returned to CZW for a third time in the autumn of 2003 and this time he secured a regular place on the roster.

Throughout his CZW career, he became a CZW Heavyweight Champion, a CZW Iron Man Champion, a 2x CZW Tag Team Champion, and he won the 2006 CZW Last Team Standing. More than three years later, on June 12, 2010, he made a return to CZW in a losing effort against Egotistico Fantastico.

He wrestled off and on for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in 2003 and 2004. He traveled alongside Nate Webb and Dave Prazak to Nashville, Tennessee, on a weekly basis at the urging of Bill Behrens. He wrestled on several TNA Xplosion tapings. Although he never appeared on pay per view he is featured on card #22 of the Pacific released TNA trading card set.

He also wrestles for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) based in southern California. His first appearance was at the January 2004 Tango and Cash Invitational tournament to determine the first ever PWG Tag Team Champions.

Throughout his PWG career, he became a PWG World Champion. He made an unadvertised return to PWG four months later on December 10, 2011, losing to Willie Mack and afterwards held a farewell speech to the fans in attendance.

During a large portion of 2006, he feuded with the entire Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion which began when he issued a challenge to ROH at CZW’s Cage of Death 7 in December 2005.

Throughout his ROH career, he became a 2x ROH World Tag Team Champion. On December 23, 2011, at Final Battle, he returned to ROH to accept the Roderick Strong Invitational Challenge losing to Strong after interference from his manager, Truth Martini. On January 4, 2012, ROH announced that he had signed to make his official return to the promotion at the January 20, 2012, event in Philadelphia. At the event, he was defeated by Michael Elgin.

He has become a regular for several European wrestling promotions, most notable being the westside Xtreme wrestling (wXw) federation based in Essen, Germany. He has wrestled in sixteen different countries across the world: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and of course the United States. In April 2007, he competed in the first King of Europe Cup, as the representative of CZW.

In January 2009, he returned to Japan for Pro Wrestling Noah. He came to an agreement with the Noah front office and was granted a stay at the dojo after the tour. He trained alongside Richie Steamboat and made his way back to the U.S. after five weeks abroad. He returned to Noah for the June 2009 tour and stayed once again at the dojo.

He also wrestled for Juggalo Championshit Wrestling (JCW) and was featured on JCW Volume 2 losing to Hyzaya while using a gimmick of an anti-hero with a Superman shirt with an X over Superman’s traditional logo. In November 2006, he wrestled Josh Daniels in the main event of MXW Pro Wrestling’s Capital Collision in Albany, New York.

On March 13, 2010, he made his debut for Evolve Wrestling at Evolve 2: Hero vs. Hidaka losing to Ikuto Hidaka in the main event of the evening. In October 2011, he took part in the first season tapings of Wrestling Retribution Project where he performed as Chris Hyde.

In June 2011, both he and Claudio Castagnoli had a private tryout with WWE. While Castagnoli was instantly signed to a developmental contract, his contract was delayed for failing a drug test for steroids, but he has a naturally elevated testosterone/epitestosterone level. Eventually, he signed a contract in February 2012 and was assigned to WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).

He wrestled his last WWE match on October 24, 2013, before his release from NXT.

In December 2016, it was reported that he was heading back to WWE. He once again billed as Kassius Ohno made his return at the January 5, 2017, NXT tapings, confronting NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura at the end of the live show. The following day, he defeated Andrade Almas at a NXT house show in his return match.

He still competes in NXT to this day.

Even though he has gained a lot of weight over the years, he is still one of the best wrestlers in the world today. When you see Kassius coming, you say Ohno!

My Thoughts: Kassius Ohno is a very talented individual. He had a great look, he has a big presence in and outside of the ring, great character, excellent charisma, and he’s an excellent wrestler in the ring. When you see Kassius coming, you say Ohno!

52’s Thoughts: When he was skinny, he was awesome. I just feel like WWE believed him becoming fat would ruin his career. He proved me and WWE wrong. He is truly the present day Dusty. Fat, but can move like a butterfly. I can actually see him win the WWE Universal title. He is truly a diamond in the rough. Someone I had no hope for and never a fan. He proved me wrong and made me a fan.

Video: This video contains a match between Kassius Ohno and Xavier Woods on March 18, 2012.

52’s Thoughts: Even though many believed this was Chris at his prime, but I truly believe he has become 10 times better that what he displayed in that video and it was generally good.

My Thoughts: This was a good match as this was Kassius Ohno’s in-ring debut for FCW and I thought he did pretty well for himself.

I like the way Kassius Ohno used a lot of heel tactics in order to get an advantage on Xavier Woods in the poke in the eyes and all that behind the referee’s back so that was great to see. Not only that, the way he threw Xavier Woods to the ring steps looked painful as heck as he got the win on Xavier Woods with the KO (Discus elbow smash) for the pin. I love that FCW kept his finisher with that discus elbow smash so that was nice to see. A good debut for “The Knockout Artist” Kassius Ohno.

Good match as it was a good debut for Kassius Ohno as he was making a name for himself in FCW.

When he first got released from NXT, I was extremely sad and disappointed as a talented man like Kassius Ohno got let go, but at the same time, he didn’t follow or listen to what Triple H has to say to him for working out as a result, he got released because of it. Even though Kassius Ohno has gained a lot of weight over the years, he is still one of the best wrestlers in the world today.

When he made his return to NXT, I felt so happy as it brought back a lot of good memories of him being in FCW/NXT back in 2012/2013 which was great for me. With his return to NXT, I hope he loses weight as he can get back to the shape he was before while still being an excellent wrestler overall. I hope his second run in NXT does well this time and I wish nothing, but the best for him. When you see Kassius coming, you say Ohno!

After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.

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