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Jonathan Huber (born December 16, 1979 in Rochester, New York) is an American Professional Wrestler from Rochester, NY best known in WWE as Luke Harper. He debuted in late 2002 as in the upstate New York independent scene where he competed until he arrived in CHIKARA in 2007. His original gimmick, "The Right Stuff" Brodie Lee, was based on the New Kids on the Block. This ended at the CHIKARA show Here Come the International Invaders- Attack of the Phantom Sith, August 17, 2007, when he introduced his new trucker gimmick, "The Big Rig" Brodie Lee, and allied himself with the Olsen Twins (Colin [Delaney] and Jimmy) against the Colony (Fire Ant, Soldier Ant and Worker Ant) and scored the win for his team by pinning Worker Ant. This was during a year-long streak where he did not get pinned or submitted. As Brodie Lee he also competed for Ring of Honor, Dragon Gate/Dragon Gate USA, CZW, the German westside Xtreme wrestling and a variety of independent promotions. Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former WWE NXT Tag Team Champion, a former JAPW Heavyweight Champion, a former JAPW Tag Team Champion and was the final JAPW New Jersey State Heavyweight Champion.


He debuted in WWE as a member of The Wyatt Family. On November 17, 2014, he won the Intercontinental Championship from Dolph Ziggler, ending Ziggler's 56-day reign. He also was a SmackDown Tag Team Champion, alongside Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. But after Randy's machinations led to Bray ousting Harper out of the Family, he turned on his former master and started a singles career. Later in 2017 he teamed up with Rowan again to form the Bludgeon Brothers, their respective first names falling victim to the Name Goblin in the process. After an injury in August 2018 sidelined him for several months, Huber was planned to engage in a feud with Sami Zayn throughout 2019, but after a post-WrestleMania SmackDown dark match with EC3 was poorly received by Vince McMahon, the feud was scrapped. After a fallout with Vince led to him being off television for five months, he once more paired with Rowan to feud against Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan at a tag team match for that year's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, which the Bludgeon Brothers lost. Two months after that match, Huber was released by WWE on December 8. As WWE owns the Luke Harper name, he reverted back to the Brodie Lee ring name, and on the 18th of March episode of AEW Dynamite he revealed himself as the true identity of the 'Exalted One' of the Dark Order.


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  • Badass Beard/Beard of Evil: The Wyatt Family is a trio of evil bearded individuals. Brodie Lee wasn't much better, what with being the servant of a railroad spike wielding "zombie princess". In the early days of his trucker gimmick before his hair grew out, he sported a pair of muttonchops.
  • Badass Boast: During the Wyatt Family's feud with The Shield: "You reap what you sow. You three boys picked a beautiful hill to die on."
  • Bald of Awesome: Luke Harper has a variant of this with a noticeable bald spot on top of his head. That bald spot is actually a scar left over from a particularly nasty chairshot he took during his indy wrestling days, but he liked the way it looked and kept it rather than having it repaired.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Appears not to have cut his hair since the day he switched from his New Kids on the Block gimmick to his trucker gimmick. While working in CHIKARA he went from short haired to shaggy hair to a mullet to the style he wears now as Luke Harper to a man bun after leaving the Family.
  • Bash Brothers: With Erick Rowan. They're even calling themselves the Bludgeon Brothers.
  • Big "YES!": Constantly shouts "YEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH" while wrestling in WWE. In NXT it was more of a subdued, cult-like chant, but is much louder on Raw and SmackDown!, possibly due to the size of the arenas.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Luke Harper's black handkerchief in his back left pocket marks him in the somewhat outdated handkerchief code as a BDSM top. It also has a touch of Depraved Homosexual as the code was pretty much entirely used by the gay community and considering we're talking about the PG WWE here, certainly an example of Getting Crap Past the Radar. Alternatively, it could be that WWE and Harper just don't know about the subtext. He's worn other color handkerchiefs in his pocket during his indy days.
  • The Brute: For Age of the Fall in ROH and for Blood WARRIORS in Dragon Gate.
  • The Bully: Back in 2008, he would push around the smaller CHIKARA wrestlers, leading to Claudio Castagnoli standing up to him and a short feud, which Castagnoli won by defeating Lee in CHIKARA's first-ever cage match.
  • The Bus Came Back: Vanished from TV in late 2018 and wouldn't be seen again for nearly a year, with nary a mention on-camera. Then Clash of Champions 2019 happened, and he made a surprise return helping Erick Rowan beat Roman Reigns.
  • Catchphrase: Have taken to tweet "It's <day>. You know what that means." everyday. What that really means is not known yet.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In his AEW debut, he teased the Sister Abigail before hitting his Discus Clothesline.
    • Matt Hardy indicated that the ABOMINATION he fought has entered Brodie Lee's vessel.
  • Cult: The Wyatt Family. The Dark Order.
  • Deep South: His gimmick as Luke Harper. Harper is billed from Lincoln, Nebraska in WWE, but it's implied that he and his "brothers/sisters," including Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan, live in a shack near the swamps of Florida. In NXT he was billed from Butte, Montana. He's actually from upstate New York.
  • Drop the Hammer: Part of his gimmick with Rowan as the Bludgeon Brothers, who carry huge, heavy-looking mallets. They don't use them against opponents, though- they're perfectly capable of "bludgeoning" them with their bare hands.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Harper could be seen in early vignettes promoting Bray Wyatt on NXT before Harper was officially introduced.
  • Enemy Mine: During John Cena's feud with Bray in 2017, Harper joined him in combat with Bray and Randy Orton, who Harper was feuding with as he blamed Randy for tearing his family apart.
  • Eye Take: He's got some good crazy eyes. His post-Wyatt Family vignettes and entrance videos seem to place focus on how frightening they are.
  • Fingerpoke Of Doom: Subverted. In his "12 Large: Summit" Tournament Match with Vin Gerard at CHIKARA Aniversario: The Legendary Super Powers Show, May 22, 2011, Gerard tried it and Lee laid down, but then slapped Gerard when he tried for the pin. Gerard ultimately won the match, but with an inside cradle.
  • Finishing Move:
    • As Brodie Lee: Big Boot, Running Liger Bomb, Brodie Bomb, Truck Stop (spinning sit-out side slam)
    • As Luke Harper: Discus Clothesline
  • Ghost Town: In NXT, The Wyatt Family was billed from Snake Bight, FL, which is a real place.
  • Guttural Growler
  • He's Back: Returned to the WWE after a 5-month injury break at WWE No Mercy 2016, teleporting into the ring at the climax of Bray Wyatt's match against Randy Orton and distracting Randy long enough for Bray to hit him with Sister Abigail for the pin. He didn't even lay a finger on Randy (or do anything other than stare at him with those mad eyes) but the pop he got was huge!
  • Hidden Depths: Both in the ring and on the mic. He's gone from speaking just as often as Erick Rowan (read: never) to being able to send creepy, unnerving messages to his opponents nearly as well as Wyatt himself. As far as between the ropes, he seems to pull out a move you'd never expect from a man his size at least once a month, and executes them with the grace of a man 100 pounds lighter. Plus he continues to improve overall in the ring over time with no limit in sight.
  • Irony: In WWE, Luke Harper was best-known as one of the followers of a creepy, charismatic cult leader. In AEW, Brodie Lee is a creepy, charismatic cult leader as the Exalted One of the Dark Order.
  • Jerkass: One of his shticks in CHIKARA was refusing to play along with the normal tomfoolery. For example when a spontaneous baseball game broke out during a Throwbacks match, instead of playing along he just decked the nearest opponent with an open hand slap. To say nothing of the way he treated Grizzly Redwood when they teamed.
    • There's also the way he always made a beeline for ring announcer Gavin Loudspeaker, who had to flee for his safety. No reason was ever given for his irrational hatred of him.
  • Last-Name Basis: After re-debut as The Bludgeon Brothers.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's 6'5, 275 lbs. and can do dropkicks and hurricanranas.
    • Hell, he can even dive between the ropes to get at someone!
  • Limited Wardrobe: In WWE, and even by WWE standards, which is saying a lot. Not only does he seem to favor the same type of shirt, it's often claimed (semi)jokingly on commentary that it's just the same shirt (the implication being that he never washes it)).
    • Averted after his exodus from the Family, as Harper has taken to wearing a black tank top and jeans, leading to jokes that he's been stealing Dean Ambrose's clothes.
  • Power Stable:
    • (in ROH): The Age of the Fall
    • (in EVOLVE): Akuma's Army
    • (in Dragon Gate): WARRIORS, Blood WARRIORS
      • (in Dragon Gate USA): WARRIORS International
    • The Dark Order in AEW.
  • Power Trio: Age Of The Fall was cut down to a just him, Jimmy Jacobs and MsChif(not counting stragglers outside of ROH). The Wyatt Family was a trio for most of its existence too.
  • Properly Paranoid: When Randy Orton joined the Wyatt Family, Bray started trusting him wholly, while Harper was skeptical about his intentions. Eventually, Randy turned Bray on him and ousted him out of the Family. But Harper's paranoia was well-founded as Randy later turned on the Family and burned their compound down.
  • Punny Name: His double team finisher with Grizzly Redwood, The Truck Stops Here.
  • Put on a Bus: He was in the running to be CHIKARA's Big Bad of 2012 when he was abruptly signed by WWE. So he lost a title match against Eddie Kingston and vanished. He, of course, went on to become Luke Harper.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His New Kids on the Block gimmick. However, he said that he was trying to come off like "a homeboy".
  • Red Baron: "The Right Stuff," "Big Rig", "The Backwoods Brawler"
  • Signature Move:
    • As Brodie Lee: choke suplex, double underhook superplex, half nelson suplex
    • As Luke Harper: Gator Roll, sit-down powerbomb, thrust kick, big boot (downgraded from finisher)
  • Tag Team:
    • (in NWA Upstate): Big 'N Tasty, with Freddie Midnight
    • (in Alpha-1 Wrestling): The Convoy
    • CloudLee, with Cloudy
    • The Hillbilly Wrecking Crew, with Necro Butcher and Trevor Murdoch
    • The Roughnecks, with Eddie Kingston and Grizzly Redwood
    • The Miracle Ultraviolence Connection, with Cheech and Cloudy
    • The Bludgeon Brothers, with Erick Rowan
  • Take That!: During his debut promo as the Exalted One, Brodie said to Christopher Daniels "you are not the first out-of-touch old man to not believe in me, but I will make damn sure you are the last".
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Seems to constantly have this type of expression as Luke Harper.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he switched to the trucker gimmick.
    • In WWE, he's never exactly been made to look wholly incompetent (his perception, along with Bray's, surviving even some of WWE's more mindnumbing booking decisions), but this trope has been in effect whenever he's struck out on his own. His first separation from Bray Wyatt was paid off with an Intercontinental Title run which, as short as it was, meant that he held gold before Bray himself did. His second separation from Wyatt and Heel–Face Turn in 2017 saw him instantly booked as several degrees more threatening. In the mere weeks since his turn became official, he's had high-profile singles matches with both Randy Orton and AJ Styles, the latter amounting to a #1 Contender's Match for the WWE Title. And although he lost both, he looked extremely strong in defeat (particularly in his awesome PPV tilt against Orton) and had positioned himself as a dangerous Wild Card on the periphery of the main event picture. Then he was taken off TV for a couple months, allegedly because he was too over, and put in a meaningless midcard feud with Erick Rowan on his return…and then Harper and Rowan reunited as a terrifying monster tag team, not Bray's way, but their way, as the Bludgeon Brothers…
  • Tuckerization: He took the name "Brodie Lee" from the movie Mallrats, by combining Jason Lee's last name with the first name of his character, Brodie Bruce.
  • Undying Loyalty: Out of the three other members of the family, Harper's the one that always seems to come back eventually. Not after Bray ousted him, though.
    • After leaving Bray, he and Erick Rowan seem to have this to each other. They have been a Tag Team three separate times since leaving the family, each with completely different gimmicks.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: A wrestling trucker as Brodie Lee.
  • Wrestling Monster: In the land of the giants he's right in the gray area, size wise - he has 'monster moments' and he might be able to pull it off if he were booked to be formidable more consistantly. On the indies and particularly in CHIKARA though, where he was often twice the size of his opponents, he was the very definition of a monster.

Alternative Title(s): Brodie Lee


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