Jon Huber, Who Rose to Fame With World Wrestling Leisure, Dies at 41
Jon Huber, a professional wrestler recognized within the ring as Luke Harper and Brodie Lee, died on Saturday. He was 41.
His dying adopted a battle with a “lung concern” unrelated to Covid-19, his spouse, Amanda Huber, stated on Instagram.
Other than his spouse, he’s survived by his two youngsters.
Mr. Huber rose to fame with World Wrestling Leisure, the place he was recognized for his soft-spoken depth within the ring.
Throughout his time with WWE, he discovered success within the impartial circuit earlier than becoming a member of the NXT model.
He battled different wrestling stars, together with The Protect, Kane, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and the Usos, utilizing a mix of “aggressive offense and demented thoughts video games,” WWE stated.
Mr. Huber “moved with a uncommon quickness for a 6-foot-5 monster,” his biography on WWE stated. “His jaw-rattling clotheslines and frenzied dives to the skin knocked down anybody who dared to step throughout the ring from him.”
In 2014, he received the intercontinental championship and later the SmackDown Tag Staff and NXT Tag Staff championships.
“Whether or not powerbombing rivals off ladders or standing toe-to-toe with John Cena, Harper left an simple mark — and on some superstars, a literal one within the type of a scar — on WWE and NXT,” WWE stated.
Mr. Huber joined All Elite Wrestling, a WWE competitor, this 12 months as “The Exalted One.”
Over the summer time, he received the All Elite Wrestling TNT Championship.
“In an business stuffed with good folks, Jon Huber was exceptionally revered and beloved in each approach — a fierce and fascinating expertise, a considerate mentor and easily a really variety soul that starkly contradicted his persona as Mr. Brodie Lee,” AEW stated in a statement.
His last televised battle was a bloody struggle in opposition to Cody Rhodes, an AEW famous person, in October.
Mr. Rhodes wrote in a social media tribute that it was an honor to share his last match with Mr. Huber, who he stated was “a household man and first-class human being.”
Referring to Mr. Huber as “Large Rig,” Mr. Rhodes stated Mr. Huber was a “gifted athlete and storyteller and his reward past that was to problem you, and he set the bar very excessive.”
Mr. Huber’s dying reverberated amongst different wrestling stars.
“Totally devastated over the lack of Jon,” Hulk Hogan wrote on Twitter. “Such a fantastic expertise and superior human being! RIP my brother.”
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