Amidst all of the injuries to affect WWE Superstars in the recent past, the one that has kept Luke Harper out of action since March has, perhaps, gone a little under the radar.
The impact on the wrestler himself, however, has been huge and, speaking in a recently released video interview, Bray Wyatt's Prodigal Son admitted the psychological impact it has had on him.
Speaking to QwalityTV, Harper revealed that he thought his "life was over" in the immediate aftermath of the knee injury he suffered during a RAW dark match back on March 21.
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"The first few hours after the injury I thought it was a catastrophe and assumed life was over," Harper explained after revealing, such was the initial pain of the non-contact injury, that he thought he had been shot.
The 36-year-old, who also said the injury was a patella issue rather than an ACL injury as many had assumed, went on to discuss how his long-term layoff has actually, in some ways, been a blessing in disguise:
"After the surgery...that kind of turned me around to think that I could come back bigger and better and stronger and a more well-refined athlete.
"(The injury) gave me time to spend more time with my family and my four-year-old, so a blessing in disguise. But also, I'm itching to get back into the ring."
Harper also had news for the WWE Universe on just when he would be getting back into the squared circle.
"It should be August (or) September, October the latest. Hopefully September the latest, hopefully August at the earliest."
With his stablemate, Bray Wyatt, also out injured at present but expected back in some capacity by mid-June, the WWE will be hoping to get the Wyatt Family storylines back up and running in the not too distant future.
Nevertheless, with at least another three months out, Harper is well aware of the tough journey that he still has to overcome before he can start thinking about doing any more of Wyatt's dirty work in the ring.
In the full interview, which can be seen below, Harper goes into detail about his rehabilitation, and it really does put into perspective the behind the scenes work that these wrestlers have to put in in order to recover.
Before going down in March, Harper was an intriguing talent on the WWE's main roster. Hopefully, when he does finally come back, he will be have achieved his goal of being even 'bigger, better and stronger'.
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