Before you all go and whine, just listen to me! I am going to break down this interview that is on WWE.com. As WWE failed to start in an article who written it. Just let you know, this could or could not be by Byron Saxton. Shall we begin?
(I hope you say yes)
Okay, the article that I got from twitter is entitled:
Exclusive interview: Kassius Ohno on his return to NXT
Which you all know that means, it's all about Chris Hero! Let's continue. Here is the narration:
When you make a return, do so with a bang. After a several-year absence, Kassius Ohno has done precisely that with his return, and by setting his sights on NXT Champion Bobby Roode. One week before his first match back – a championship showdown with The Glorious One – Ohno opened up to WWE.com about his time away from NXT, making his return and his agenda for the future.
Okay, before you all go crazy, let me define several from Merriam-Webster website:
Definition of several
1 a : separate or distinct from one another: federal union of the several states
b (1) : individually owned or controlled: exclusive: a several fishery — compare common (2) : of or relating separately to each individual involved: a several judgment
c : being separate and distinctive: respective: specialists in their several fields
a : more than one: several pleas
b : more than two but fewer than many: moved several inches
c chiefly dialectal : being a great many
In the article of the word several, we are going to use example 2b, which it's totally farfetched. Why? Well, it sounds like it has been 5 or 10 years, but, it's not true. If you recalled, Chris got released in November 2013 and was resigned in January 2017. So, if you want to know it's about almost four years.
Now, let's get to the interview Byron Saxton does with Chris:
(Just letting you know that I am changing the names around so you would get an ideal who these people are)
Byron Saxton: Now that you’ve had time to settle back into NXT, what has returning been like for you?
Chris Hero: I think “surreal” is probably the word that most accurately describes how it feels to be back at NXT. Everyone has been so welcoming, and the environment is a very positive and inspiring one. I'm extremely excited at the possibilities.
My take: Sounds like Chris felt welcome, which it is a positive thing.
Byron Saxton: It took you over 12 years to get an opportunity to join NXT. How did you deal with the emotions of seeing that dream slip away?
Chris Hero: I had a feeling things were heading down that path. I had a few weeks to internally address the frustration and disappointment, so the moment I knew I was leaving, I got right on the phone and started making calls. I didn't give myself a second to dwell on it. I was too busy ordering merchandise, taking bookings, reserving flights and visiting friends.
My take: Byron says that it took Chris 12 years, which I find it hard to understand, since NXT was first as a competition about 7 years ago and did not change to a show and roster until 5 years ago. However, I heard in many interviews since Chris was released for the first time from WWE was that Chris has been a long time fan of WWE and if I am not mistaken, Chris has been wrestling for 18 years, which it would be a stretch, since Chris has been wrestling in most of his time in numerous promotions, which some were close to me. When I found out he got released, he did made those calls, which I believe that he said on the Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana and some other interviews on other podcasts and shows. Shocking that Chris said visiting friends, but, he forgot to mention his mother, which well over a year ago, while Chris was in Japan for Pro Wrestling NOAH, trying to win the tag titles with Colt Cabana from Lance Hoyt and Harry Smith, his mother had a heart problem, and he found out once he returned.
Byron Saxton: You had already made quite the name for yourself on the independent scene. What was it like to go back on that circuit?
Chris Hero: I could not have asked for a better “hero's welcome.” My friends, the fans, my peers, they all made me feel right at home. It was vindicating. The reactions I received night in and night out, the caliber and variety of opponents I encountered over the last three years, have made me feel like the best wrestler on the planet.
My take: Chris had a huge welcome by his fans, when he took on against Gregory Helms at a show, when Chris got released. He had some crazy matches including Drew Gulak and Johnny Gargano, who are both are currently in WWE. However, since I had a meltdown or two when Chris took on against his former student, Tim Donst, was really shocking that they put on a clinic. Even though, it was really bad, because when I heard about the announcement that Tim wanted to face against Chris, that it when I freaked, yet, the night of the show that the two has gone at it, Donst was running a fever and after Chris got beat by Tim, he cut a promo, which I got mad at him about, but, it was really nuts. The second time...no comment. Although, last year, I wanted Chris wins the Evolve title again, but, that did not happened. THANKS GABE SAPOLSKY!
Byron Saxton: Did you ever expect to return to NXT?
Chris Hero: I didn't. I followed NXT loosely over the years, but I had kept myself so busy that I never really entertained the thought of what it would be like if I were to come back.
My take: I never thought the same, but, I been reading tweets on how things were going for Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro). Otherwise, I was tracking Chris, Donst, Santana Garrett, or Ben Boone within the last few years. Especially when Chris was in Japan and either Donst or Boone was recovering from something that was preventing them to wrestle.
Byron Saxton: What lead to your return?
Chris Hero: When I left, I was told that the door wasn't closed. I'm not the type to burn bridges anyway, so I just kept traveling and getting better at my craft. Eventually, someone reached out to see if I was interested in returning. After a bit of deliberation, I decided that it was something I needed to do.
My take: Well, he said that he wouldn't burn bridges. I think he said that when he tweeted like a few days or more after he got released. The someone who reach Chris out was either William Regal or Triple H, so to play it safe and if you search for an article on ESPN of an interview from William Regal and a comment from WWE United Kingdom Champion, Tyler Bate, it would be Regal.
Byron Saxton: What drove that need to come back?
Chris Hero: I’ve worked hard not to let my previous tenure define my career. I knew I didn’t have to come back to prove myself to anyone. What I need [to do] is to come back and accomplish all the things I failed to accomplish my first time here. I also need to reach those goals for anyone who has ever believed in and supported me.
My Take: I been supporting Chris when I first lay on my eyes on him on that June 2012 and I had to dig information about Chris and even Claudio, no thanks to another WWE Superstar, Austin Aries. I want to continue to support him as much as I can, but, with this second run in WWE, I feel distance to him and if all means necessary, I would fight everyone and see that 6' 4" man! That or I do a crazy collab with Austin Creed (Xavier Woods) and he surprised me during a video recording that Chris comes in and I turned red.
Byron Saxton: Since your return, what kind of reaction have you gotten from those who know you?
Chris Hero: Well, my mom has supported me in everything I’ve ever done. To be honest, though, I’ve been floored by the outpouring of support from friends, fans, acquaintances and peers, both past and present.
My Take: Some of my videos can sum it up:
Byron Saxton: What’s the difference between the Kassius Ohno from three years ago to the Kassius Ohno of today?
Chris Hero: Aside from about 50 pounds? [Laughs] I'm smarter. I've matured and I don't have a chip on my shoulder. I'm more comfortable and I know my worth.
My Take: Chris is priceless to me. Otherwise, I got nothing else to say.
Byron Saxton: Now that you’re back, it seems that your objective is clear.
Chris Hero: My focus is zeroed in on the NXT Championship. I have accomplished everything I've ever wanted, everywhere I've ever been. Championships, tournaments, you name it. The NXT Championship is something that I don't just want, it's what I need. I plan to become the face and ambassador of NXT. I want to bring the absolute best in-ring action all over the world.
My Take: No offense to Bobby Roode or even Shinsuke Nakamura, but, THIS IS CHRIS HERO'S TIME! You guys are cool, but, Chris needs to shine, since Claudio did not win any titles during his run before being called up.
So, if you want to see the full interview without my takes, click here: http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/article/kassius-ohno-exclusive-interview-nxt?sf60487349=1
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