Luke Harper has today released a statement to say that he has requested his release from WWE. The statement reads:
“As of this evening, I have requested a release from WWE. The past 6 years have been a simply, amazing journey around the world and back with lifelong friends and family. I am proud to say I shared the ring with my co workers.
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.
Thank you. From the top to the bottom of WWE. Thank you to the fans for your undying support. Thank you everyone.”
Luke Harper has been on the shelf for quite some time after undergoing surgery due to a wrist injury following the Bludgeon Brothers last 135 day reign as Smackdown Tag Team champions.
Harper’s last matches were over Wrestlemania weekend, firstly competing against Dominik Dijakovic at Wrestlemania Axxess as part of the Worlds Collide special, and also as part of the Wrestlmania 35 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Harper is perhaps best known as a member of the Wyatt Family which made their debut in November 2012 in NXT and moved over on to the WWE main roster in July 2013.
Harper had been cleared to wrestler since February this year but had been unused for a long time. He took to Twitter earlier this months to vent about this fact:
What should be remembered is that because a superstar requests for their release it does not necessarily mean they will be granted it should WWE choose to keep them under contract.