WWE refused to grant Luke Harper's requested release, and it doesn't seem like things are about to get any better for the former Wyatt Family member.
According to a report from Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com, Vince McMahon has had "a long-term issue with" Harper. On top of that, the WWE Chairman has "decided to hate anything he (Harper) was involved in long ago."
Harper appeared to be in line for a main event push multiple times throughout his career. Along with Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman, Harper served as a member and enforcer for Bray Wyatt, but the group slowly dissolved a couple of years ago now - with the latter receiving his own main event push.
WWE rebranded Harper and Rowan and turned them into the "Bludgeon Brothers" tag team. The duo managed to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at one point, before dropping them to The New Day on the Aug. 21 episode of SmackDown Live.
However, the Bludgeon Brothers' run ended when Rowan suffered a torn bicep in August that kept him out for several months. Harper also had to miss time and received surgery on his wrist.
Since returning to the ring, Harper has only wrestled a handful of matches and hasn't received much of a push, which led to him asking to be released last month. WWE refused to grant it, and they wound up adding six more months to his contract - since Harper missed time after needing wrist surgery.
Harper isn't the only disgruntled superstar in WWE right now. Mike and Maria Kanellis and The Revival reportedly asked to be released back in January. At any rate, WWE has refused to grant a release for any of their unhappy talents, and Harper is likely stuck until his contract expires next year.
What This Means
If Vince has it personal with Harper, it would only make sense to part ways with him. But for some reason, the WWE chairman seems pleased in keeping Harper on - despite not using him much. At this point, Harper has no choice but to keep doing what's asked of him until his deal runs up.