Saturday, November 30, 2019

Luke Harper Files Trademark, Prepares to Leave WWE?

Luke Harper Files Trademark, Prepares to Leave WWE?
Luke Harper appears to be on his way out of the company in a few months and he is preparing for his exit by trademarking his non-WWE name.


Harper, real name Jonathan Huber, trademarked the name Brodie Lee on November 26. That is the name he used on the independent scene before he signed with WWE.

As we’ve written about in the past, Harper’s WWE deal was set to expire around this time but the company added extra time to his deal to make up for the time he was out while injured. Many people in the business expect him to leave and eventually sign with All Elite Wrestling. He has friends in AEW and he is highly regarded as one of the most underrated workers in the business today.

In fact, Arn Anderson had a lot of nice things to say about Harper on a recent episode of his podcast.
“I’ve watched Luke since the very beginning times in WWE,” Anderson said. “I saw him from a performers standpoint go from a monster with the Wyatts that no one could get off of his feet no matter what you did and he made matches exciting [while] not getting bounced around. To the smaller of the Wyatt group between him and Rowan and being that guy that did get his ass kicked a little bit because you gotta have guys creating excitement bell to bell. In the range of his ability to make all those thing happen and he lost some weight and he leaned up and the guy moves like a cat out there and his thought process for the other three guys that are in the tag match, which is what a pro does [and what] a top heel does…”

Anderson continued, “I doubt very seriously if anybody could show me a match that Luke Harper was in that they say ‘that wasn’t very good.’ He’s just that good and he’s just that valuable. And the guy is intelligent and the guy could talk and to be honest with you, if I had my options of where to put that guy right now and what his character would be, Luke Harper would become the Unabomber. I say that in a fictitious sense. I can see that guy sitting in the third floor of an old house with just a single lightbulb hanging above his head as the camera zooms head [and] you see he’s on the computer.”

Anderson continued with his idea for Harper. He added, “there’s a character just sitting there waiting for somebody to groom and manufacture and turn into a prize and a very valuable piece of the company. I hope somebody sees it, spots it, recognizes it and makes it happen because the guy has got the goods.”
So, once he is free is clear from WWE, it looks like Brodie Lee will be back. He would also be able to use that name for merchandise purposes.

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