Hello and good day to you all. Today, I bring to you a list of 15 matches in tribute to Jon Huber’s life & career, otherwise known by his ring names Brodie Lee & Luke Harper. RIP.
#1: vs. Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro) – CHIKARA Steel Cage
We need no introduction because UltraMantis Black does a stellar job of hyping this epic steel cage match between two of the strongest guys in CHIKARA history. Encounters like these helped to get Brodie Lee & Cesaro on the radar of bigger promotions. Some find it a little difficult to get in to, but I promise it picks up if you stick with it. Also, watch out for the ending! This was four years before Brodie Lee signed a WWE contract.
#2: w/ Erick Rowan vs. Adrian Neville & Bo Dallas – NXT Tag Team Championship
It proved difficult to find some of his most prolific matches. 2013 was the year to introduce a little stable we all came to know and love called The Wyatt Family. Now going by the name Luke Harper, he joined Erick Rowan in a tournament to crown the first-ever NXT Tag Team Champions. British Ambition’s Adrian Neville & Oliver Grey defeated them in the final, but it did not deter them from pursuing their goal.
After earning a title shot, Harper claimed his first title in WWE when they defeated Neville & Bo Dallas (who replaced an injured Oliver Grey). It pleased their leader Bray Wyatt and set Harper on the road to a successful career after a decade of hard graft on the independent scene. Fast forward to the 27:50 mark for The Wyatt Family’s entrance.
#3: The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield – Elimination Chamber 2014
When anyone brings up the stories of The Wyatt Family & The Shield, this is the match they point you too. There was an unbelievable amount of hype and expectancy as these stables were red hot and had unmatched chemistry. I’ll go on record to say it was the best WWE tag team match of the last decade. There were no championships on the line, but the winner could lay claim to the title of most dominant stable in WWE. And Luke Harper played a huge role because he was the hardest worker in The Wyatt Family.
There is no chance this would’ve been as great without his work rate matching the pace of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Erick Rowan brought the power, and Bray Wyatt the character, but Luke Harper needed to be their front gunner. He was the veteran helping to piece these matches together, and I knew back then he would be special so long as he was given the opportunities.
#4: The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield II – Raw (3/3/2014)
Apologies for the quality, but there aren’t many videos out there. Some say this was better than the original, while others don’t share that opinion, but it’s nice they could have this rematch on free TV for anyone who didn’t see the PPV. You can feel The Shield’s urgency right out the gate, and who shows up to slow their momentum? Luke Harper.
Again, he carries his team forward by covering up for their weaknesses. The Wyatt Family were not the most athletic, but they knew how to dictate the pace, keep fresh, and take advantage of other’s mistakes. They had solidarity because Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were loyal to their leader, while The Shield struggled to keep the peace between him and his brothers. Sadly, this was as high as the stable ever got.
#5: w/ Erick Rowan vs. The Usos – 2 Out Of 3 Falls at Battleground 2014
The Usos had the best chemistry with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. As you can see during this tag team title contest, Harper takes on more of a leadership role when Wyatt isn’t around. He keeps Rowan’s emotions in check and dictates how they go about their business. It quickly became obvious that he was essential to the teams success.
Harper spent the majority of the match as their front gunner once again, tagging in Rowan when in need of a break. The fans loved this 2 out of 3 falls match so much, which ironically stole the show as the PPV’s opener. Harper & Rowan made the champions look amazing here.
#6: vs. Dolph Ziggler – Intercontinental Championship on Raw (11/17/2014)
A career defining match does not need to be a 4 to 6 star classic. In some cases, they can be short and to the point. After spending much of the previous two years in a team with Rowan, WWE gave Luke Harper a much deserved singles push. And during yet another IC title reign for Dolph Ziggler, The Authority didn’t appreciate his attitude and wanted someone else to be champion.
Like always, Luke Harper took advantage of others misfortune by making quick work of Ziggler; with a ton of help from The Authority. It didn’t matter to him or his fans though, because he had earned his first singles title victory. And while it is travesty his reign only lasted a few weeks, no one can ever take away the fact he is on the list of Intercontinental Champions.
#7: vs. Dolph Ziggler – IC Championship Ladder Match at TLC 2014
This is a strange one because no matter how hard I looked, I could only find it with Spanish commentary. So if you do want to see it in its entirety there are plenty of options, otherwise the following is a highlights package with background music and no commentary.
Again, Luke Harper opened the show and tore the house down with his opponent, as he & Ziggler fought in a brutal ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. There are some scary spots that could have gone horribly wrong, but they both come out of it unscathed. When you look at Harper’s WWE match statistics, he lost more than half the matches he worked, but he always found a way to get himself and others over in defeat.
#8: vs. Randy Orton – Elimination Chamber 2017
In 2015 & 2016, Luke Harper spent much of it in the shadow of others. First off, he teamed with Rowan outside The Wyatt Family, but after Rowan picked up an injury he quickly showed loyalty to his former leader again. The Wyatt Family spent the next two years morphing, as the new ‘Black Sheep’ Braun Strowman joined and left, then Randy Orton found his way in too. So unlike the previous incarnation of the family, Harper struggled to keep his position as Bray Wyatt’s right-hand man.