Barring a last minute change, Chris Hero is heading back to WWE, confirmed by a company source according to our Dave Meltzer.
Meltzer didn't add whether he was heading to NXT or the main roster, nor did he give a timeframe. It's still not a 100% done deal as pre-contract offer medical testing results need to be reviewed.
On the Saturday night edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer answered a reader question about Hero's lack of bookings for 2017 to which Meltzer said he had some suspicions, adding that he heard about Evolve Wrestling perhaps having some plans for him in the future.
The soon-to-be 37-year-old (born Chris Spradlin) has been in WWE developmental before as Kassius Ohno, spending 2012-13 in Florida Championship Wrestling which became NXT. He was released in November 2013.
Hero has been active on the indies every since, putting on great matches worldwide against a multitude of opponents, including working three shows this weekend for Evolve and Beyond Wrestling.
This would be the latest big indy name WWE has signed recently, a group that included Roderick Strong, Tommy End, Big Damo and others.
We'll have more on this story on the next Wrestling Observer Radio.