WWE star Luke Harper opened up about his return from injury, only being booked at Axxess during WrestleMania weekend and more in a new statement he shared.
“I’ve been cleared since February 6th,” Harper began. “I haven’t been brought to one television taping since I left to have double ligament reconstruction wrist surgery on October 2nd, 2018.”
The 39-year old wrestler then talked about his history with WWE during WrestleMania weekend and how he’s gone from almost being booked in a World title match at “The Shows of Shows” to now be booked at Axxess again where it all began.
“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 a test. No one has to be happy with the results except me. That’s the true test. Do I still have it? Can I compete with a young, up and coming, incredibly talented, NXT prospect? Am I too old? Has the game passed me by? Am I as good as I really think I am? It brings me to tears to write this because I truly believe I have so f*cking much to offer this industry. I believe I will be a World Heavyweight Champion someday. I believe that, but these are the doubts I live with daily. These are the doubts that creep in your head during rehab. These are the thoughts you think when you watch your left side atrophy. Being ignored and left home for months exasperated these thoughts and it sucked.”
As we previously reported, Harper vs. Dominik Dijakovic will take place next week during the NXT vs. NXT alumni event.
Luke closed his statement with a message for Dijakovic. He warned the NXT star, “Be careful thinking of this as just an Axxess match because to me, this is WrestleMania. I’m not throwing away my shot. Good luck.”
Read his full post below.
— Luke Harper of WWE (@LukeHarperWWE) March 29, 2019