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NXT Showcase: Luke Harper

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Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a promo that involves a big rig.

Wrestler: “Big Rig” Luke Harper (Brodie Lee).

Background Information: Luke Harper resides from Lincoln, Nebraska. He is trained by Kirby Marcos, Rik Matrix, and Tony Mamaluke.

After being trained by Kirby Marcos and Rik Matrix in Rochester, New York, and Tony Mamaluke in Schenectady, New York, he made his professional wrestling debut for Roc City Wrestling (RCW) in late 2002, working under a mask as Huberboy #2. He would eventually unmask while still using the Huberboy #2 name.

During 2003, he began working for Rochester Pro Wrestling (RPW), adopting the new ring name Brodie Lee, which he came up with from the movie Mallrats by combining the names of actor Jason Lee and his character Brodie Bruce.

He cites Rick Rude, Jake Roberts and Big Show as his influences.

Throughout his time in RPW, which was later renamed to NWA Upstate and then again to NWA New York, he would go on to win multiple championships including the Heavyweight Championship on three separate occasions, the Tag Team Championship once and the Television Championship once, which he would also proceed to unify with the Kayfabe Dojo Championship.

He has described his original “The Right Stuff” gimmick as him “just having fun” and “being a cruiserweight”.

He made his debut for Philadelphia-based Chikara on March 24, 2007, at Time Will Prove Everything, using the “The Right Stuff” Brodie Lee gimmick and losing to Equinox. He originally was not scheduled to wrestle at the event, but was instead visiting backstage with friends. However, when Reckless Youth no-showed the event, Chikara booker Mike Quackenbush offered him the chance to get in the ring.

He would return to the company two months later, defeating Equinox in a rematch and starting a streak of not being pinned or submitted that would last for the rest of the year.

In August 2007, he aligned himself with the Olsen Twins (Colin and Jimmy) and adopted the nickname “Big Rig” and a more serious gimmick of a trucker. He and the Olsen Twins were scheduled to enter the 2008 King of Trios tournament as Team Dr. Keith, but after Colin signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the team was left one man short. A random draw picked Retail Dragon as his replacement, but after he dropped the deciding fall in their opening round match against Cheech, Cloudy and m.c.KZ, he turned on him while simultaneously ending his alliance with Jimmy Olsen in the process.

In April 2008, his bullying of smaller wrestlers led to Claudio Castagnoli issuing a challenge to him.

In late 2008, he aligned himself with Eddie Kingston and Grizzly Redwood to form a stable called The Roughnecks.

After signing a developmental contract with WWE, he made his farewell appearance for Chikara on March 25, 2012, when he unsuccessfully challenged Eddie Kingston for the Chikara Grand Championship.

He made his debut for Syracuse, New York–based Squared Circle Wrestling (2CW) on August 20, 2007, teaming with Colin Olsen, as a replacement tag team partner for Jimmy Olsen, in a tag team match, where they were defeated by the Wyld Stallyns.

He started off as a heel aligned with the rival promotion NWA Upstate. He started becoming popular after a July 26, 2008, post–match incident in Binghamton, New York that ended with him punching out a fan in the parking lot. He was kayfabe suspended from 2CW over the incident.

He returned to 2CW from suspension on October 24, 2008, to a huge ovation, although he was still a heel, leading NWA Upstate to a victory in an eight-man tag team main event. He officially became a babyface starting April 2009 when the rivalry between 2CW and NWA Upstate had subsided.

Throughout his 2CW career, he became a 2x 2CW Heavyweight Champion. He competed with 2CW until April 14, 2012 as he signed a contract with WWE.

He made his debut for Ring of Honor (ROH) on October 25, 2008, aligning himself with The Age of the Fall and helping the stable’s leader Jimmy Jacobs defeat Austin Aries in an Anything Goes match. He then teamed with fellow Age of the Fall member Delirious and defeated Cheech and Cloudy in a tag team match, before ending the night by attacking Necro Butcher, with whom the stable was feuding with, after his match with Go Shiozaki.

On November 7, 2008, his match with Necro Butcher ended in a disqualification, when the rest of the Age of the Fall attacked his opponent. He and Necro Butcher had a rematch under Anything Goes rules on February 27, 2009, which Necro won. In March, Delirious turned on the Age of the Fall and on May 30, 2009, he defeated him in his final ROH match to date.

He made his debut for Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) on March 28, 2009, as a member of the Hillbilly Wrecking Crew, along with Necro Butcher and Trevor Murdoch.

Throughout his JAPW career, he became a JAPW Heavyweight Champion, a JAPW New Jersey State Champion, and a JAPW Tag Team Champion. He competed with JAPW until December 30, 2011.

He debuted for Evolve on January 16, 2010, at the promotion’s first ever show, teaming with Gran Akuma and Icarus in a six-man tag team match where they were defeated by Team Frightning (Mike Quackenbush, Hallowicked and Frightmare).

At the fourth show on July 23, 2010, he wrestled Jon Moxley to a no contest. As Moxley was protesting the stoppage, he kicked a chair into his face, which led to Evolve suspending him.

He returned to Evolve on May 20, 2011, in a match, where he was defeated by Sami Callihan via submission.

On May 8, 2010, he made his debut for Dragon Gate USA, defeating Cheech, Cloudy, Kyle O’Reilly, Phil Atlas, Xtremo, Brent B. and Anthony Fiasco in a dark eight–way fray elimination match prior to the tapings of the Uprising pay-per-view. Later, on the pay-per-view section of the evening, he interrupted a match between Rip Impact and Johnny Wave and beat down both of the competitors, before announcing that next time he would be coming after a Japanese wrestler.

On January 28, 2011, at United: NYC, he represented the heel group Blood Warriors, defeated Jimmy Jacobs in a singles match. The following day at United: Philly, he suffered his first loss in Dragon Gate USA, when he was defeated by Open the Freedom Gate Champion Yamato in a non–title match.

On December 21, 2010, he made his debut for Japanese promotion Dragon Gate in Tokyo where he represented the Warriors stable by defeating Kzy. The Warriors stable turned heel on January 14, 2011, when they attacked Masato Yoshino and World–1 aligning themselves with Naruki Doi’s group, though he himself was not present as he was snowed in and could not make the show.

The following day, he made his return to Dragon Gate as a member of the new top heel group in a match where he, Gamma and Genki Horiguchi defeated Yamato, Kagetora and Diablo. On January 18, 2011, the new group was named Blood Warriors.

On March 12, 2012, it was reported that he had signed a developmental contract with WWE. He made his debut for WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) at a house show on May 18, 2012, working under the new ring name Luke Harper.

When FCW was rebranded as NXT Wrestling in August 2012, he made his television debut on November 7, 2012, on an episode of NXT as a follower of Bray Wyatt, who introduced him as the “first son” of The Wyatt Family. The Wyatt Family later also came to include Wyatt’s “second son” Erick Rowan with whom he formed a tag team with the two defeating Percy Watson and Yoshi Tatsu in their first match together on January 9, 2013.

Throughout his NXT career, he became a NXT Tag Team Champion. He competed with NXT until late 2013.

On May 27, 2013, on an episode of Raw, WWE aired vignettes promoting the upcoming debut of The Wyatt Family. The vignettes showed the Wyatt Family’s backwoods origins. On July 8, 2013, on an episode of Raw, The Wyatt Family made their debut by assaulting Kane.

He made his WWE in-ring debut on July 26, 2013, on an episode of SmackDown, where he and Rowan defeated Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) in a tag team match.

On September 29, 2014, Raw featured a vignette where Wyatt set him free saying he had fixed him and given him a reason to exist. After a series of video vignettes aimed at Dolph Ziggler, he made his return to TV during the closing moments of Raw on November 10, 2014, throwing an unconscious Ziggler at Triple H and Stephanie McMahon’s feet, expressing his desire to join their team at Survivor Series against John Cena’s.

Throughout his WWE career, he became a WWE Intercontinental Champion and won a 2014 Slammy Award. He still competes in WWE to this day.


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With his great and unique look, his presence in and outside of the ring, his good character, good charisma, and great in-ring ability, he could be a big star for WWE. Yeah, yeah, yeah!

My Thoughts: Luke Harper is a very talented individual. The man has an interesting look, the man has a presence about him in and outside of the ring, he has a good character, good charisma, and he’s great in the ring for a man his size. Yeah, yeah, yeah!

Video: This video contains a promo of Luke Harper in NXT on October 2013.

My Thoughts: This was a good promo from Luke Harper who was doing a brief solo run in NXT before being on the main roster full-time.

Luke Harper was talking about how how he’s going to beat down Kassius Ohno the next time they face, but he did it in creepy tone of voice in a dark night place with bushes and only brought a lantern with him which make the promo even more creepy.

Even though people talked about his in-ring ability in which he is a great wrestler for a man his size, the man can also talk as well and he did well in this promo here showing character and charisma while cutting the promo which was a nice touch.

Good promo from Luke Harper where he got his message across while playing his character as part of The Wyatt Family.

I believe that Luke Harper can be a big star for WWE as he has all of the tools that WWE likes in a wrestler. He has the look that Vince McMahon likes with him being big, he has a big presence about in and outside of the ring that could scream as a big star if booked right, he has a good character by being part of Th Wayy Family, he has good charisma, and he’s a great in-ring wrestler for a man his size.

Hopefully, one day, WWE will showcase what Luke Harper has because he can be a big star for WWE if presented and booked well. Till then, I hope recovers from his injury and come back better than ever so he could get the push that I believe he deserves. Yeah, yeah, yeah!


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