WWE Superstar Luke Harper took to social media today to announce that he has requested his release from the company. He went on to say that he was “proud” of the six years he spent with the WWE and the work he did with his “co workers.”
He went on to say;
“This decision, as difficult as it was, feels right for myself and WWE. My goal in the future is to continue to grow as a performer and person and continue to make my family proud.”
Harper has been off television since last summer recovering from injuries but had shared that he wes medically cleared to return to in-ring competition on February 6. During the events leading up to Wrestlemania 35 he wrestled prospect Donovan Dijak at Axxess, which he was extremely happy to do as it was something he felt was a privilege and duty as a veteran of the WWE roster.
Luke would also participate in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal at Wrestlemania but didn’t have much of an impact as the entire match was meant to showcase Braun Strowman and his feud with Saturday Night Live cast members Colin Jost and Michael Che.
During his time with the company, the 39 year-old wrestler from Rochester, New York is most famous for his work as part of the Wyatt Family. He and Erick Rowan were the muscle for Bray Wyatt and were arguably one of the hottest stables in wrestling at the time. Rowan and Harper would go on to form The Bludgeon Brothers and would win the WWE SmackDown tag team titles.
Harper would also win the tag team titles with Randy Orton and have a run as the Intercontinental champion.
Harper decided to take time off when his partner Rowan required surgery. Harper had been nursing some nagging injuries and the WWE had approved his time away from the ring to recover. Rowan has since returned and been paired with Daniel Bryan while Harper has sat on the sidelines despite being cleared to return.
If the WWE grants Harper his release, it will be a wasted opportunity for the company. Harper has a large following from his time with the Wyatt family and is more than capable to pull off excellent matches with whatever talent he is paired with.
Harper proved his ability to perform as a convincing singles wrestler during his time in the Intercontinental title picture wrestling against Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose as well as participating in a ladder match at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
Long-time fans of the 6’5” wrestler have been begging to give him a gimmick similar to the legendary Bruiser Brody, someone he bears a striking resemblance to.
Harper has made his request public and now it will be up to WWE management to figure out a way to make the wrestler happy or let him move on to pursue his career with another company.