Luke Harper has done a fine job of making sure he isn’t a forgotten member of The Wyatt Family. Now when fans talk about Harper they won’t talk about him as the third wheel of a group which was made to look Bray Wyatt look strong, but he’ll be referred to as an entertaining champion.
Harper had enjoyed a successful stint as part of The Wyatt Family and, over the last few weeks, he is really turning into a force as a singles superstar and has enjoyed even more success in the last few weeks alone.
Ever since the vignette was aired on Monday Night Raw in late September, where Bray Wyatt had set Luke Harper free, big things were expected of Harper and he really did surprise the WWE Universe in Liverpool where he threw an unconscious Dolph Ziggler at the feet of The Authority and declaring himself a member of Team Authority.
He then took it to a higher level, defeating Dolph Ziggler on the November 17 episode of Monday Night Raw in an impromptu Intercontinental Championship match and defeated him to capture his first title on the main roster.
Prior to this, he only held the NXT Tag Team Championships with Erick Rowan before The Wyatt Family were brought to the main roster and he created history in doing that – becoming the first NXT Tag Team Champion to win a singles titles on the main roster.
Now that he is Intercontinental Champion, Harper has an even bigger responsibility where he must remain the entertaining big-man the fans love him for, whilst being an active champion in an enticing feud and the challengers are sure to be lining up to take him on.
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The former Intercontinental Champion will definitely want his rematch in a bid to reclaim his gold and unless Ziggler is inserted into an even bigger feud; Harper would be a brilliant feud for both men.
They can both work in the ring and will definitely be able to work well together with their styles complimenting each other. The promos would also be exciting, Luke Harper can talk but he hasn’t been given the chance and for most part he doesn’t even need to talk, his deadly stare works wonders for him.
This isn’t something WWE fans would have thought could happen so soon after both men were set free by Bray Wyatt but Erick Rowan received an incredible reaction when he aligned himself with Team Cena and the way it was played out on screen was perfect; there would be no better time to have the former partners compete against one another whilst they are still so popular.
They have worked well as a team during their time in NXT and on the main roster as well and it should work well when they are up against each other as well. As long as the fans remain interested and don’t get bored because of the lack of promos – it could potentially be a great feud.
THE BIG SHOW
The Big Show would be a great face to take on the heel in Luke Harper. The Big Show has worked well with Luke Harper when he was teaming with Mark Henry to take on Harper and Rowan and this would be the perfect opportunity for Harper to solidify himself as one of the best big men in recent years.
Luke Harper will need a number of successful title defences to become a champion who is known for defending the gold on a number of occasions successfully and become a bigger threat, and taking out The Big Show would be an even bigger statement of intent.
BAD NEWS BARRETT
Bad News Barrett has been out of action for quite a while now which is a shame as he was slowly turning into one of the best heels in the company at the time and the fans were definitely into him. It won’t take much for Barrett to win the fans over again and who knows whether he’ll make a return as a heel or a face.
If he does return as a face then working with Luke Harper could be great, Barrett isn’t a slouch and would be considered a top contender for the championship he never really lost. He is brilliant on the microphone and that combined with the wrestling ability of both men would be good for both of their careers.
WWE fans – who do you think could challenge Luke Harper for his Intercontinental Championship? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.