Source: F4WOnline

Dave Meltzer is reporting at F4WOnline that Chris Hero will be returning to WWE. It was not reported if he would head to the main roster or NXT.

Hero has been losing his recent matches on the independents and had no bookings set for 2017.

Hero had signed with WWE in 2011 and worked in Florida Championship Wrestling and NXT as Kassius Ohno until he was released in 2013. At the time, he wrote about his release on Facebook and noted that he would be back if it was meant to be.

"There are a lot of ways I can look at this and, honestly, it won't serve me at all to be anything BUT positive and optimistic," Hero wrote after his WWE release in 2013. "I could sulk. I could point fingers. I could feel sorry for myself. Or, I could channel all my energy into getting back out there, kicking some ass and taking things to the next level. Once upon a time, a close friend of mine named Claudio Castagnoli was released from WWE. Another good friend, Colt Cabana, got his walking papers. The 'Best in the World' Bryan Danielson had his contract 'terminated'. TWICE. These three guys are all CRAZY talented and, on all accounts, are doing rather well for themselves right now, eh? I'm leaving WWE on good terms so, if it's meant to be, I'm sure I will be back."

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