Is developmental wrestler Kassius Ohno facing heat from WWE over his physique? Recent reports indicate this may be the case.
Ohno, formerly Chris Hero on the indie scene, has generally been considered one of NXT's best prospects.
He's a tremendous wrestler, as anyone who saw his work in Ring of Honor can attest to. He's also a fairly decent talker and personality.
Granted, his new name isn't very good, but many people in NXT seem to have that problem.
Interestingly though, he's been stuck in developmental since February 2012. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Antonio Cesaro, Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt have all been called up to the main roster in that period, but not Ohno, who's just as talented as any of them. He's not exactly a young guy either—he's 33—so why not call him up while he's still in his prime?
What's going on?
In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer mentions that the star has issues with management over his weight and physique, and this is what is currently putting his promising career on hold.
There were a lot of rumors regarding Kassius Ohno regarding his physique and that he was scheduled to be brought up to the main roster and now is in trouble because of it. As best we can ascertain, Ohno was taken off television and all the house shows, and they did an injury angle with him, and told that he needed to concentrate all his efforts on his physique. He is scheduled back on shows again at this point.
While Ohno fans may find this news deeply disappointing, it's not really a surprise. WWE is, and always has been, a very image-conscious company. Unless you're Bray Wyatt or Brodus Clay and an unconventional look plays into your gimmick.
Will the star acquiesce to the company's requests? We'll have to wait and see. But it would be a real shame if fans never got to see Ohno called up to the big leagues.