You have to plan for the future. Wrestling is changing at a rapid pace at the moment, more so than any time in a good twenty years. Wrestlers are signing on with new companies all over the place, with several WWE wrestlers trying to get out of their contracts. Others seem to know that their time is up soon and are just biding their time, though one is getting ready for what he will be doing next.

Over the last few months, Luke Harper has made it clear that he wants out of WWE. This seems to be due to not being allowed to wrestle as often as he would like. Harper has asked for his release but been denied, with WWE extending the length of his contract due to Harper missing time with a wrist injury. It seems clear that Harper is leaving the company when his contract expires, and Harper is planning ahead.

According to Ringsidenews.com, earlier this week Harper filed a trademark request for the name Brodie Lee, his ring name before he began wrestling in WWE. While not a guarantee, this move would heavily suggest that Harper is likely heading back to the independent circuit after his contract expires. Harper returned from a hiatus in September but only wrestled a handful of matches before disappearing from television again. His most recent match was an eight man tag at a live event on November 16.

Harper has had some moments. Check out some of his better work:

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Opinion: I guess the best way to put this would be things didn’t work out. You would assume that WWE would know exactly what to do with someone who looked like Harper and can move around like he can but for some reason it never clicked. Whether it was his mess of an Intercontinental Title reign or being stuck doing the same things over and over again, Harper never seemed to break through in WWE and I’m still not entirely sure why. It seems that both sides would be happier apart and there is nothing wrong with that.

Have you liked Harper’s time in WWE? Where do you see him going? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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