LUKE HARPER DEPARTURE
Name
Luke Harper
Real Name
Jon Huber
Date of Birth
December 16, 1979
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2003
CM Punk
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle discussed the topic of CM Punk and his departure from WWE earlier in the year. Angle stated that he was not aware of how injured Punk was until recently. Upon finding that out, Angle stated that he respected Punk's decision to leave, in order to preserve his health. Angle did also mention that Punk had issues with WWE over the booking and the direction of his character.
July 19, 2014
Austin Aries
For those that missed Impact Wrestling this week, Austin Aries defeated Seiya Sanada to capture the TNA X Division Championship. Since the match was taped before Sanada had a chance to sign a new contract with TNA, the belief is that his potential departure was one of the reasons behind the title switch. Aries also announced that he would be cashing in the belt to get a shot at the world heavyweight champion at Destination X.
July 11, 2014
Santino Marella
When he announced his sudden decision to retire, Santino Marella teased WWE fans that he might be taking over as the new general manager of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. While the role is vacant due to the departure of Vickie Guerrero from the company, there has been no confirmation of what Marella is claiming. The belief is that he was simply teasing the audience at this point.
July 7, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Since she was given a respectable departure from the company, the belief is that Vickie Guerrero is highly regarded by WWE management. The speculation has even more credibility now that the company is airing a special tribute show for her on the WWE Network. The show is basically a highlight reel of her best performances during her longer than expected tenure with the company.
June 29, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu
While there is some sadness to every release today, the departure of Yoshi Tatsu has to be bothering several people left in WWE. He was well liked backstage, as he never got involved in any of the political stuff in the locker room. Tatsu kept a positive attitude since being removed from the main roster. He put in a lot of time and effort into improving himself in developmental, so he could get another chance to work Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Unfortunately, though, it was not enough for WWE.
June 12, 2014
Bully Ray
While there are still some questions whether or not this is a shoot or a story line, Tommy Dreamer is telling fans that he might be done with TNA as a backstage agent after an incident where he bashed Dixie Carter for removing Bully Ray at the last minute from his House of Hardcore show. His departure has not been confirmed yet, and many are still under the belief that this is an elaborate work.
June 11, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Thus far, the TNA Hall of Fame consists of Sting and Kurt Angle, two of the more prolific performers in the history of the industry. A third member is set to join them. At Slammiversary 2014, Angle will be on hand to announce who the latest inductee will be. No official word on who the third person was going to be, but there are heavy rumors that Jeff Jarrett could be inducted as part of his departure agreement with TNA.
June 11, 2014
Kurt Angle
The general consensus backstage in TNA is that the company will lose Kurt Angle later on this year when his contract expires. Several of the wrestlers remaining with the company are speaking rather candidly about his imminent departure nowadays. Rumors have persisted for the last year that he was going to attempt a WWE return. Angle himself has been publicly stating his desire to return to the company that made him a star.
June 1, 2014
CM Punk
CM Punk has made the news again. Instead of people discussing his departure from WWE, the story this time is a heartwarming one. The former world heavyweight champion spotted a high school baseball team at a hotel parking lot and decided to give them an impromptu pep talk. The coach was very appreciative of the gesture and stated that Punk was a good role model for his players.
May 3, 2014
Cody Rhodes
For the last several weeks, there have been rumors floating around that Goldust was going to be leaving WWE in the near future, and the belief now is that he will be making his departure after working a feud against his brother Cody Rhodes. Seeds of dissension between the two have been planted by the writers over the last couple weeks of Monday Night Raw.
May 1, 2014
AJ Styles
"It's unfortunate. At the end of the day this is a business, not everybody is going to be happy and people go their separate ways. It's the wrestling business and we're seen it happen a million times. Unfortunately, AJ Styles was a TNA original and was the face of our company for a very long time. That departure bothers me the most. I had a great relationship with AJ, we were friends, we were part of Fortune together, and we had some great matches. I understand where AJ's coming from, it's all business, and I wish him nothing but the best. Sting was a great guy to have in our locker room. He was a veteran leader. A guy that you can go and talk to, a guy who I had some memorable matches, and a guy who mentored me a lot and taught me a lot in the ring. He's an icon; his name will live forever in this business. And I wish him nothing but the best of luck. At the end of the day this is a business and you've got to do what you can for yourself." - Bobby Roode talks about people leaving TNA
April 30, 2014
Charlie Haas
With Jeff Jarrett traveling the world to find professional wrestling stars to join his new Global Force Wrestling, a name that has popped up in the rumor mills is Charlie Haas. The former WWE star has been really quiet since his odd departure from ROH. Haas has been in semi retirement, working small shows here and there in Texas. He would bring a veteran presence and a familiar face to GFW.
April 24, 2014
JTG
Since he has been infrequently utilized by the company over the last year, there have long been speculations that JTG will be released by WWE once his contract is up. It appears that there is some merit behind those rumors, as the former Cryme Tyme member has been focused on other business ventures to ensure that his departure from WWE is not too rough.
March 26, 2014
Brie Bella
While doing an interview on a radio show this past week, Nikki Bella and Brie Bella were asked about CM Punk leaving WWE. The host asked if his departure opened up spots for their boyfriends, John Cena and Daniel Bryan respectively. The twin divas responded by saying that Cena and Bryan were already in good spots regardless of what Punk was doing.
March 25, 2014
Rob Terry
While he is enjoying the experience of working with some of the biggest names in that country, Rob Terry might be considering a departure from Japan. He recently went through an earthquake in the middle of the night, and it really took a toll on him. He noted that he lives on the fourth floor of a building, so things were especially bad that night.
March 16, 2014
Brooke Tessmacher
While a big buzz was created earlier this month about her rumored departure from the company, it appears that Brooke Tessmacher is not leaving TNA. She simply opted to be less active on Twitter, which was what initially sparked the flames of the speculations. The former Knockouts champion is still quite active on Instagram, posting pictures and updates routinely.
March 15, 2014
Rey Mysterio
While many have been speculating his possible departure from the company in a few weeks, Rey Mysterio added even more fuel to the fire this week with his absence from Monday Night Raw and the Smackdown taping on the following night. His spot at Wrestlemania 30 has not been finalized, and it appears that management might not give him one after all.
March 5, 2014
CM Punk
One of the big problems facing WWE with the departure of CM Punk is the fact that he is involved in several upcoming projects for the company. The former world heavyweight champion is involved in the upcoming Flintstones movie and another online film. Vince McMahon does not like promoting performers who are no longer there with him.
March 5, 2014
CM Punk
While a lot of fans are still under the impression that this could be some sort of work, WWE continues to have their business affected by the departure of CM Punk leaving before his contract expired. The company is now offering refunds on a best of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown DVD because they had initially promised cards signed by Punk.
February 26, 2014
Batista
Through Twitter, Batista revealed that he initially left WWE four years ago because he had to and not because he wanted to. At the time of his departure, the belief was that he simply got tired of professional wrestling and wanted to pursue something else. However, these comments have led to speculations that his body needed time to heal.
February 25, 2014
Bray Wyatt
During Monday Night Raw, a segment aired where Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan attacked Chris Jericho in the locker room. That was actually a trick by WWE, as the footage was filmed at the pay per view on Sunday night. Jericho had actually hopped on a flight to Los Angeles on Monday morning, so that he can begin promotional work for the new Fozzy album.
July 22, 2014
Luke Harper
While it was still noticeable last night, WWE medical personnel worked fervently last night to repair the black eye on Bray Wyatt before he stepped in front of the cameras. They drained fluids from around his eye to reduce the swelling. Then, makeup artists did as much as they could to hide the darkness. WWE worked around the issue by having Erick Rowan and Luke Harper attacking Chris Jericho in the ring before Wyatt made a brief appearance on the stage.
July 15, 2014
Jimmy Uso
While rumors of a Nation of Domination stable are still floating around, there are also talks that WWE could simply be building up Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston as a tag team because they need a baby face fodder for Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Management is seriously considering putting the tag titles on the Wyatt Family, and they're going to need more than Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso as challengers.
July 14, 2014
Erick Rowan
Rumors about a new Nation of Domination should be heating up again today after results from a WWE live event in Japan has hit the internet. Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston worked together as a tag team during the show in Tokyo. The tandom went up against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. The widespread speculation is that R Truth and Xavier Woods will be joining Langston and Kingston soon to form the new group.
July 10, 2014
Luke Harper
Since management wanted to fill in some time at WWE Battleground 2014, the decision was made to book Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan into a best of three falls match for the tag team championship. The two teams have produced some good matches for WWE, so management is hoping that they can fill in a good amount of time at the pay per view for them.
July 9, 2014
Erick Rowan
Shortly after Chris Jericho made his surprising return on Monday Night Raw, the Wyatt Family provided a surprise of their own when Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan suddenly appeared in the ring to attack the former undisputed champion. When Wyatt was in NXT, Jericho specifically requested to WWE officials to let him work with Wyatt. The belief is that he did so again upon signing a contract to return.
July 1, 2014
Luke Harper
Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso had their biggest challenge to date when Erick Rowan and Luke Harper challenged them for the WWE tag team championship at Money in the Bank 2014. The twin brothers delivered by retaining the belt. The Usos performed a double superplex on Rowan before finishing him off with consecutive flying splashes from the top rope.
June 29, 2014
Bruiser Brody
"I wasn't sold on him. I wasn't sold on the idea that they kept comparing him to Bruiser Brody, because Brody for the longtime wrestling fan was one of the great wrestlers of his era or of all time. But he was known as the intelligent monster and Harper was an out of control maniac. I think once you stop trying to imitate somebody and find your own way things really start clicking. So, I've been watching him and things have really been clicking and after the Wyatts have this amazing run, hopefully as long as possible, yeah, I do think he has what it takes to become a singles star." - Mick Foley shares his views on Luke Harper and his potential to become a star in WWE
June 15, 2014
Bray Wyatt
"If Luke Harper were a stock, I'd be buying him now. I've watched carefully for a while, and in the past two months, I've finally become sold on the big man, not only as an invaluable part of the bizarre The Wyatt Family, but as a potential breakout star on his own. Finding your way, and blazing your own unique path is no easy task in WWE, especially when standing in the very long shadow of Bray Wyatt. But Harper has found that way. I wasn't ready to buy into the Bruiser Brody comparison, no matter how many times it was brought up. Brody, a legend in the business, and a huge inspiration on my own career, was known as "the intelligent monster." Harper has excelled in my mind, by stepping off that path that Brody blazed, and finding his own, unique way to excel in WWE - as the guy who can do anything at any time, without any seeming rhyme or reason. The hurricanrana followed by a dropkick makes perfect sense, because it makes absolutely no sense. Here's one wrestling fan looking forward to Luke Harper's matches making little sense, but a huge impact on WWE Monday Night Raw for a long time to come." - Mick Foley praises Luke Harper
June 11, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Over the weekend, John Cena was injured during his match against Bray Wyatt, who delivered some headbutts that were a bit more stiff than they needed to be. WWE immediately took steps to protect one of their most valuable assets by changing the main event of the following event. Cena was teamed up with Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso in a six man tag team match against Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan instead.
June 9, 2014
Jey Uso
Initially, there were rumors that WWE was going to add a tag team championship match at the last minute on Payback 2014 featuring Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. However, management changed up their plans once they decided to include a lot of outside interference during the match between Bray Wyatt and John Cena. WWE did not want to take away from the big match by having the performers working multiple times last night.
June 2, 2014
Erick Rowan
There are rumors floating around that WWE wants to add another match to Payback 2014. Speculations are that Erick Rowan and Luke Harper will be rewarded with a pay per view title match against Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso. There does not appear to be a high chance of a title change, as some feel that the Wyatt Family can get the spotlight without the belts.
June 1, 2014
Luke Harper
A bit of a buzz was created on Monday Night Raw this week when WWE fans witnessed Luke Harper cutting a promo on the episode. While he has spoken before, it does not happen frequently. Many were impressed with Harper, both for his speech and for his main event match against John Cena. The belief is that he will be receiving a slow push by WWE.
May 20, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Those that watched the latest episode of Monday Night Raw noticed that John Cena was absent. However, the popular WWE star was on hand for the event, as he showed up after the cameras went off the air to work a dark match main event against Bray Wyatt. Cena was declared the winner via disqualification after interference from Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
May 6, 2014
John Cena
After suffering a loss at the last pay per view, Bray Wyatt needed a victory over John Cena at Extreme Rules 2014, and he got just that. Wyatt received a heavy dose of interference from Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, but Cena still managed to overcome those odds. As Cena was walking out of the cage, a kid showed up and began singing, which provided enough distraction for Wyatt to hit his Sister Abigail finisher and walk out for the victory.
May 4, 2014
Luke Harper
For a while, there was a push backstage within WWE to push Erick Rowan and Luke Harper a bit more, as many in the company felt that they have been putting on strong efforts when given a chance on television. However, those plans appear to have been dropped, as WWE has decided to use them as peripheral characters in the story line between Bray Wyatt and John Cena.
April 29, 2014
Bray Wyatt
A video from Monday Night Raw of John Cena being forced to face Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in a handicap match. WWE allowed fans to vote on the opponents, and surprisingly enough, they voted for the former heavyweight champion to face three of his foes at the same time.
April 23, 2014
Bray Wyatt
In order to increase interest in WWE Main Event this week, WWE did the third match between Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan on the show. Here is a video highlight of that match.
April 11, 2014
Erick Rowan
In a grudge match at Wrestlemania 30, John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt via pin fall after delivering his Attitude Adjustment finishing move. There were some interference attempts by Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, but Cena managed to fend them off. Plenty of story telling in the match, and the level of drama was really high.
April 6, 2014
Bray Wyatt
There is still a strong push within WWE to add Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal match, as many feel that they have done a good job throughout the past several months. However, some in management feel that being involved in the match with John Cena and Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 30 is enough of a reward for them.
April 4, 2014