Earlier this year, the WWE made a fantastic decision by signing one of the top talents on the independent wrestling scene, former ROH star Claudio Castagnoli.
Castagnoli—who was actually signed to the WWE once in the past—has already debuted in Florida Championship Wrestling as “Antonio Cesaro” and is quickly establishing himself as one of the top talents in the WWE’s developmental territory.
When Castagnoli inked a contract with the WWE, however, the widespread expectation was that his tag team partner, Chris Hero, would join him so that the WWE could bring the “Kings of Wrestling” into the company together.
But Hero still hasn’t signed with the WWE, and now, here’s the latest on his stance with the company.
Regarding Chris Hero being signed by WWE, officials wanted to sign him a few months back when they signed his partner Claudio Castagnoli to FCW. Hero was going through the physical screening process. It’s believed that either WWE found something they wanted to take their time on double checking to make sure he’s fit to sign, or they stalled in contract negotiations. Hero hasn’t gone back to work for NOAH or ROH yet so it’s still possible he will pop up in FCW soon.
WWE officials absolutely have to do everything in their power to sign Hero and bring him down to FCW.
I realize that the company doesn’t put much emphasis on tag team wrestling and that there’s a chance that Hero and Castagnoli wouldn’t even work as a team in the WWE, but they’re one of the very best teams in the business, one that should be competing for the top wrestling organization in the world.
The optimistic side of me is hoping that Hero will sign with the WWE eventually because, given that the company was hoping to sign him when it signed Castagnoli, it appears as if there were at least tentative plans to have them work as a tag team.
Obviously, I’d be all for that.
You know it, I know it and even the drunk bum down the street knows that the WWE needs some new life breathed into its tag team division.
And that’s exactly what Hero would do.