WWE has not only rejected Harper's request to be released, it has reportedly added an extra six months on to the end of his contract.
It feels as if there is a dangerous trend currently developing in WWE. Ever since AEW confirmed its existence, WWE's Superstars have been more open about voicing their displeasure regarding their place on the card. Dean Ambrose has left, Goldust has been granted his release, and we might well have seen the last of Sasha Banks in WWE.
Another name that is supposedly getting ready to head for the exit is Harper. The former Intercontinental Champion revealed on Twitter that he has asked to be released from his contract. Before appearing in the Andre the Giant battle royal at WrestleMania, Harper hadn't wrestled on WWE TV for eight months. It's pretty understandable why he would want to leave.
Sadly, the latest reports from Wrestling Observer Newsletter suggests that Harper will not be getting what he wants. Just because a Superstar requests their release doesn't mean they are going to get it. According to WON, Harper is one of those who WWE doesn't want leaving on their own terms. Not only has WWE denied Harper's request, but apparently an extra six months has been added onto the end of his contract.
Harper's current deal is reportedly due to come to an end this November. However, due to missing time thanks to a wrist injury, WWE has decided to extend that until just before WrestleMania 36. If all of this is true and WWE decides not to budge on the decision, Harper could be about to start a year of no in-ring action, much like Neville had to endure.
On the one hand, it can seem like WWE's decision to let Superstars go or force them to stay can seem somewhat arbitrary. On the other, it seems as if WWE is reluctant to give those who complain about their position what they want, at least when it comes to leaving the company. Goldust was a good employee who never complained and was allowed to leave without issue. Harper being outspoken on Twitter might well have led to him not being treated in the same way.