Luke Harper

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Luke Harper
Harper at a live event on April 17, 2015
Born(1979-12-16)December 16, 1979
Rochester, New York
DiedDecember 26, 2020(2020-12-26) (aged 41)
Jacksonville, Florida
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Brodie Lee
Huberboy #2
Jon Huber
Luke Harper
Billed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Trained byKirby Marcos
Rik Matrix
Tony Mamaluke
DebutOctober 7, 2003

Jon Huber (December 16, 1979 – December 26, 2020) better known by his ring name Luke Harper, was an American professional wrestler. He was a one-time WWE Intercontinental Champion.

Huber also wrestled in the North American independent circuit under the ring name Brodie Lee, working for promotions such as Alpha-1 Wrestling, Chikara, Combat Zone Wrestling, Dragon Gate USA, Jersey All Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor. He was born in Rochester, New York.

Career[change | change source]

When FCW was rebranded into NXT Wrestling, he debuted on the December 12, 2012 episode of NXT as a follower of Bray Wyatt, who introduced Rowan as his "first son".

Erick Rowan was later introduced as Wyatt's "second son" and Harper started to team with Rowan. They defeated Percy Watson and Yoshi Tatsu on the January 9, 2013 episode of NXT and defeated them again on the January 23 episode of NXT in the first round of the NXT Tag Team Championship tournament. Harper and Rowan defeated Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty in the semi-finals but were defeated in the finals by Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey. Harper and Rowan won a triple threat elimination tag match on the May 2 episode of NXT and defeated Neville and Bo Dallas, filling in for the injured Grey, on the May 8 NXT (taped on May 2) to win the tag titles.[1] On June 20, they lost the NXT Tag Team Championship to Adrian Neville and Corey Graves.[2]

Vignettes became appearing on Raw to promote the upcoming debut of the Wyatt Family and they debuted on the July 8 episode of Raw when they attacked Kane.[3] He made his WWE in-ring debut in a tag team match on the July 26 episode of SmackDown, where he and Rowan defeated Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai).[4] Harper and Rowan went on a winning streak over many teams for a couple months but suffered their first lost on the October 11 episode of SmackDown from Cody Rhodes and Goldust.[5]

On the September 29 episode of Raw, there was a vignette aired where Wyatt set Harper free, saying that he fixed him and gave him a reason to exist.[6] On the November 10 episode of Raw, Harper made his TV return, throwing an unconscious Dolph Ziggler at Triple H and Stephanie McMahon's feet, and expressed his desire to join their team at Survivor Series against John Cena's team.[7]

On the November 17 episode of Raw, he joined Team Authority and was immediately given a match for the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler. Harper would win the match and his first championship in the WWE.[8]

Death[change | change source]

Huber died on December 26, 2020 from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, ten days after his 41st birthday.[9][10] He was hospitalized for non-COVID-related lung problems in Jacksonville, Florida.[11][12]

Championships[change | change source]

  • Alpha-1 Wrestling
    • A1 Zero Gravity Championship (one time)
  • Jersey All Pro Wrestling
    • JAPW Heavyweight Championship (one time)
    • JAPW New Jersey State Championship (one time)
    • JAPW Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Necro Butcher)
  • Next Era Wrestling
    • NEW Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • NWA Empire
    • NWA Empire Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • NWA Mississippi
    • NWA Southern Television Championship (one time)
  • Rochester Pro Wrestling/NWA Upstate/NWA New York
    • NWA Upstate Kayfabe Dojo Championship (one time)
    • NWA Upstate/NWA New York Heavyweight Championship (three times)
    • RPW Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Freddie Midnight)
    • RPW/NWA Upstate Television Championship (one time)
  • Squared Circle Wrestling
    • 2CW Heavyweight Championship (two times)[14][15]
  • World of Hurt Wrestling
    • WOHW United States Championship (three times)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Best Gimmick (2013) (The Wyatt Family)[16]

References[change | change source]

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  2. "WWE News: NXT Spoilers for summer episodes - first NXT Women's champ, Flair, more, plus NXT TV in the U.S.?". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  3. "Raw News: Vickie "fired" as Raw authority figure & replacement named, Wyatts debut, final MITB PPV hype, RVD, Lesnar, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  4. "Parks's WWE Smackdown Report 7/26: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Friday show, including Wyatt Family in-ring debut, Del Rio vs. RVD match". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  5. "Parks's WWE Smackdown Report 10/11: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Friday show, including Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth for the Intercontinental Title". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  6. "WWE Raw Report: Does Seth Get His Briefcase Back?; Do You Like Divas Wrestling?; A New Alliance That Will Shock WWE Fans; A Triple Threat Match; and More". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2014-11-24.
  7. "Caldwell's WWE Raw Results 11/10: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of U.K. Raw - Cena vs. Ryback, Survivor Series teams formed, U.S. Title re-match, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-11-24.
  8. "Caldwell's WWE Raw Results 11/17: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - final Survivor Series hype, main event Contract Signing, new IC champion, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-11-24.
  9. Rose, Bryan (December 26, 2020). "AEW's Brodie Lee passes away at 41 due to lung issue". Figure Four Online. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  10. Lambert, Jeremy (December 26, 2020). "Brodie Lee Passes Away At The Age Of 41". Fightful. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  11. Huber, Amanda (December 26, 2020). "My best friend died today". Instagram. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  12. Raimondi, Marc (December 26, 2020). "Jonathan Huber, AEW wrestler known as Brodie Lee, dies at 41". ESPN. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  13. "Daniel Bryan es el #1 del PWI 500 del 2014 – listado completo". Superluchas (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-11-24.
  14. "8/22 2CW results in New York: Bryan Danielson main-events, Jake Roberts announces retirement, American Wolves, Delaney (w/PICS)". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  15. "Sun. update: Lockdown preview, White on Hunt, Raw tomorrow, Evans vs. Jones, Cena & Punk on list". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  16. Meltzer, Dave (January 27, 2014). "Jan 27 2014 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2013 Annual awards issue, best in the world in numerous categories, plus all the news in pro-wrestling and MMA over the past week and more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 34. ISSN 1083-9593. Archived from the original on August 27, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  17. "Luke Harper's first Intercontinental Championship reign". WWE. Archived from the original on 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
  18. "WWE NXT Spoilers From Winter Park, FL: John Cena and More". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2013-11-08.

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