It had been previously reported that Luke Harper had asked for his release from WWE, but that Vince McMahon would not grant it. But what were the circumstances leading up to Harper asking to leave the company?
According to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, McMahon, in writing, told Harper that he wouldn’t release him. He was scheduled to work a program with Sami Zayn after Wrestlemania, but the decision was made not to do it.
McMahon said that he didn’t “get Harper” and complained that he couldn’t even do a Southern accent, which was requested four years. Harper was regularly pitching ideas when he was out with an injury, but they turned down every one of them. He wasn’t booked anywhere after being cleared except for Fan Axxess, and then Vince McMahon out of the blue wanted to know why he wasn’t in the Battle Royal at WrestleMania 35, so that’s why he was put in at the last minute.
He was booked to start the Zayn program the day after the show, but was then told afterwards that he wasn’t needed for TV. However, after heading home, he was then called to return on Tuesday for a match with EC3, and be used as the opponent to test out the EC3 and Maverick pairing as wrestler/manager.
The agents set up a bunch of manager spots in the match, but Vince then watched it and said he hated the manager spots. When it was asked which brand Harper would be on in the Superstar Shakeup, Vince complained about how Harper can’t do a Southern accent, as well as had a bad match with EC3, so they didn’t put him on either brand.
It was then that Harper asked for his release.
Check out a happier time in his career:
Once again, I don’t blame the guy at all. He has a particular set of skills, and if Vince can’t see that, then he can be successful somewhere else.
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