Luke Harper hasn’t been around much in WWE lately. But, it’s not for a lack of wanting to be. Cleared since February, Harper has been left at home by WWE and will finally be making an appearance at the WrestleMania 35 Axxess weekend.
Harper took to Twitter on Friday to talk about the negative feelings he associated with being left at home to rot by WWE. He wrote in a fairly lengthy statement:
I’m 39 years old. I’ve been cleared since February 6th. I haven’t been brought to one television taping since I left to have double ligament reconstruction surgery on October 2nd, 2018. …via Luke Harper twitter account
I read all the texts I got that said, “you’re back on axxess???” I was kind to all the people at the gym asking if I’m retired. I swallowed my pride when agents and writers asked me if I was still hurt when completely healthy. And now here we are. April 4th, 2019 “When Worlds Collide” at Axxess. Luke Harper vs. Donovan Dijak. How will I respond? How will I change things? Well to all of you this may just be a throwaway Axxess match, but I can assure you to me it is much, much more. This is test.
Harper goes on to say that he feels like he’s going full circle with his career. He started five years ago by wrestling at Axxess and after runs with great success, he’s back at square one, essentially starting over. Saying he has a lot to prove to himself, his wife and kids, this is a real test of adversity.
He warned his opponent that he’d better not take the fact that this is “just an Axxess match” lightly because he’s going to treat it like it’s WrestleMania itself.
As of now, Harper is not slated to appear on the main card for WrestleMania 35 in any way. Neither is his former partner Bray Wyatt. Perhaps both could be surprise returns the following Monday on Raw.