Luke Harper is by popular opinion one of the most under-utilised stars on WWE’s entire roster. His size and in-ring ability would normally make him one of the company’s top guys, but for whatever reason, this hasn’t happened.
Someone who is particularly confused about this is former WWE producer and Hall of Famer Arn Anderson, who was sacked by WWE earlier this year.
Speaking on his ARN podcast, he discussed Harper at length, and talked about what he would do with him if given the chance.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
Unfortunately it looks like Harper is just riding out his contract in WWE and appearing in the odd battle royal.
Hopefully wherever he goes next utilises him for the talent he undoubtedly is.