09 December 2019 00:36
It was some time ago that Luke Harper asked for his release. Not only was he denied, but he came back to television briefly. Later, Sin Cara publicly asked for his release. He hasn't appeared much on television at all. The Ascension, meanwhile, did not ask for their release, at least not publicly.
All of them, of course, have been released as of today, as announced by WWE on its website. While WWE has signed as much talent as possible over the past few years, in part to ensure Raw, SmackDown, and NXT have plenty of wrestlers to cycle through and in part to keep them away from competition, the roster simply became too bloated for the company to manage. These four represent talented performers who haven't been used in any meaningful way for far too long. Now, they'll be able to go elsewhere in the hopes of getting a chance. WWE has officially announced the release of Jonathan Huber, better known to fans around the world as Luke Harper.
In March, Harper released a long statement on Twitter expressing his frustration. The 39-year-old Superstar noted that at the time, he had been cleared to return from injury for well over a month, but was still approached by talent and even writers who had no idea he was ready to come back. Shortly after WrestleMania, he asked for his release. Harper signed with WWE in 2012, and during his time there was a founding member of The Wyatt Family, won the NXT Tag Team Championships and Smackdown Tag Team Championships with Erick Rowan, and is a former Intercontinental Champion as well. Sin Cara was also released from his WWE contract earlier today.