Jonathan Huber, professionally known by the ring name Brodie Lee or Luke Harper was an American professional wrestler and actor. During his professional wrestling career, he competed in WWE, AEW, and several other independent circuits. He signed with WWE in 2012 and was majorly associated with Wyatt Family members to win the NXT Tag Team Championship and the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Harper and Erick Rowan later won the SmackDown Tag Team Championship as The Bludgeon Brothers. He is a one-time WWE Intercontinental Champion. He departed WWE in 2019 and joined AEW.
Luke Harper died at the age of 41 on 26 December 2020. He died of lung-related health problems, for which he was hospitalized in October 2020. The following article discusses Luke Harper’s life story.
What is Luke Harper Famous For?
- Famous as Brodie Lee in WWE.
- Two-time SmakcDown Tag Team Champion.
Where is Luke Harper From?
Luke Harper was born on 16 December 1979. His birth name is Jonathan Huber. His birth place is in Rochester, New York in the United States. He held an American nationality. He belonged to white ethnicity and his religion was Christianity. His zodiac sign was Sagittarius.
Harper maintained a private life regarding his early life and his parents. Information about his father and mother is not available. He has a brother who is also a professional wrestler.
Regarding his educational background, he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School. He was an athletic student and played lacrosse for four years. He also played hockey in independent youth leagues during his early years.
Luke Harper Wrestling Career Journey
- Brodie Lee’s wrestling career started as a backyard wrestler. He performed under the ring name Huberboy #2.
- He made his debut for Roc City Wrestling (RCW) in 2003. His wrestling career started working under a mask.
- He unmasked and took the ring name Brodie Lee in 2004 and performed for Rochester Pro Wrestling (RPW).
- He won numerous championships in RPW including the heavyweight championship on three separate occasions, the tag team championship, and the television championship. He unified it with the Kayfabe Dojo Championship.
- He signed with Philadelphia-based Chikara in 2007.
- He made his Chikara debut in March 2007 at Time Will Prove Everything against Equinox.
- He later defeated Equinox in the rematch and started a streak of not being pinned nor submitting that lasted for the rest of the year.
- He aligned with the Olsen Twins in August 2007 and adopted the nickname “Big Rig”.
- Harper’s alliance with the team fell off after the team’s match against Cheech, Cloudy, and m.c. KZ.
- He had a feud with Claudio Castagnoli in 2008.
- He aligned with Eddie Kingston and Grizzly Redwood and formed The Roughnecks in late 2008.
- The Roughnecks ended when he kicked Redwood in the face in October 2019 match against The Osirian Portal.
- They re-united in November 2010 and went on to defeat The Throwbacks in a tag team match.
- He signed a developmental contract with WWE leading to his departure from Chikara. He had his last match with Eddie Kingston for the Chikara Grand Championship in March 2012, which he lost.
- He was also associated with another independent circuit, Squared Circle Wrestling from 2007 to 2012.
- He made his debut for 2CW in August 2007 teaming with Colin Olsen against the Wyld Stallyns.
- He was suspended from 2CW for punching a fan in the parking lot in July 2008. He returned in October.
- He challenged Jason Axe for the 2CW Heavyweight Championship. He lost.
- He defeated Axe in August 2010 to win the 2CW Heavyweight Championship for the first time.
- He relinquished his title after he signed with WWE.
- He was also associated with Ring of Honor from 2008 to 2012.
- He made his ROH debut in October 2008 aligning himself with The Age of the Fall.
- He lost his final ROH match against Delirious who was previously an Age of the Fall member.
- He made his debut for Evolve in January 2010 teaming with Gran Akuma and Icarus in a six-man tag team match against Team Frightening. They lost.
- He made his debut for Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) in March 2009, Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA) in May 2010, and Japanese Promotion Dragon Gate (DG) in December 2010.
- Harper and Necro of The Hillbilly Wrecking Crew won the JAPW Tag Team Championship in August 2009. He lost the match for the JAPW Heavyweight Championship to Dan Maff.
- Harper became the new JAPW New Jersey State Champion in May 2010. He unified the two titles when he won the JAPW Heavyweight Championship in November 2010.
- Harper signed a developmental contract with WWE in 2012. He took the ring name, Luke Harper. He previously fought under the ring name, Brodie Lee.
- He was assigned to WWE’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).
- He made FCW’s debut in May 2012.
- FCW was rebranded as NXT in August 2012.
- He made his television debut in the November episode of NXT as a follower of Bray Wyatt. He was introduced as the “first son” of The Wyatt Family.
- He formed a tag team with Erick Rowan, who was introduced as Wyatt’s “second son”.
- Harper and Rowan lost the final match for the NXT Tag Team Championship in January 2013.
- The duo won the NXT Tag Team Championship in May 2013 defeating Adrian Neville and Bo Dallas.
- Harper made his WWE in-ring debut in July 2013 in SmackDown. Harper and Rowan defeated Tons of Funk.
- He competed in his first Royal Rumble match in January 2014. He was eliminated by Roman Reigns.
- The duo unsuccessfully challenged The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championship at both Money in the Bank and Battleground.
- He won his first main roster title, Intercontinental Championship defeating Dolph Ziggler in November 2014. He lost his title back to Ziggler in a ladder match in December 2014.
- He was also associated with Team Authority who lost the Survivor Series.
- He was eliminated by Neville in the 2015 King of the Ring.
- He was sidelined for five to six months after he suffered a knee injury in March 2016. He was not drafted to either Raw or SmackDown in the 2016 WWE draft.
- He returned to ring in October 2016.
- Harper and Randy Orton lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championship to American Alpha in December 2016.
- Harper and Randy faced each other in the January episode of SmackDown. He lost to Orton. He separated from The Wyatt Family after Wyatt attacked Harper after the match.
- He was eliminated by Goldberg at the Royal Rumble in January 2017.
- He disappeared from WWE television for months after losing the number one contender match for the United States Championship to AJ Styles.
- He returned to television as a duo “The Bludgeon Brothers” with Rowan in October 2017.
- The Bludgeon Brothers won the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in March 2018 defeating The Usos and The New Day in a three-team match.
- The team went on hiatus after Rowan suffered a torn right bicep that sidelined Rowan indefinitely.
- His last televised match in WWE was in a battle royal at the Crown Jewel event in October 2019.
- He was released from his WWE contract in November 2019.
- Harper made a surprise debut for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in March 2020. He made his debut under the ring name, Brodie Lee and was unveiled as “The Exalted One”.
- The Villainous faction The Dark Order was formed.
- He won the AEW TNT Championship in August 2020 defeating Cody.
- He went on hiatus after he sustained an undisclosed injury in October 2020.
- He lost his final match, as well as his TNT Championship to Cody.
Luke Harper Wife and Children
Brodie Lee was a married man. He was married to Amanda. Amanda is a fellow professional wrestler known by the name Synndy Synn. The couple tied a knot to each other in 2008. The couple shared two children together, Brodie (son) and Nolan (son).
Following his death, his son, Brodie was signed to All Elite Wrestling. His son Brodie became a member of his father’s faction The Dark Order at the age of eight.
Luke Harper Cause of Death
Luke Harper died on 26 December 2020 at the age of 41. He died of lung-related health issues. He was hospitalized in the ICU at the Mayo Clinic in late October 2020. He had tested negative for COVID-19 multiple times.
His death shocked the wrestling world and was offered tributes from fellow wrestlers and fans around the world.
Luke Harper Height
Luke Harper stood at the height of 1.96 m i.e. 6 feet and 5 inches tall. He had a body weight of 275 lbs i.e. 125 kg. He had an average body build. As a professional wrestler, he maintained his body well. His sexual orientation was straight. He had long hair. His eye color was brown and his hair color was dark brown. He also kept his beard long.
Luke Harper Net Worth
Luke Harper was one of the popular names in the wrestling industry. He was associated with WWE from 2012 to 2019. Prior to his WWE career, he competed and won several titles in different wrestling promotions. Following his departure from WWE, he was associated with AEW. He spent the majority of his life in the ring. He made his fortune out of his wrestling career. His net worth is estimated at $3 million.