Jonathan Huber, a 17-year-old ring veteran who wrestled under names such as Brodie Lee and Luke Harper, is believed to have died at the age of 41 on Saturday. No cause of death is known at this time.
AEW confirmed the news of Huber’s passing, writing in part: “The All Elite Wrestling family is heartbroken. In an industry filled with good people, Jon Huber was exceptionally respected and loved in every way – a fierce and captivating talent, a caring mentor, and simply very kind soul who completely contradicted his personality as Mr. Brodie Lee. ”
Huber entered the wrestling world in 2003, working for freelancers in his hometown of New York. His first notable race came with CHIKARA, debuting for the organization in 2007. For most of the next five years he wrestled for CHIKARA, and was acclaimed for a 2008 steel cage match with Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro ).
Huber also fought for Ring of Honor under the name Lee, aligning himself with the Age of the Fall group. Other notable indies where Huber wrestled include Dragon Gate USA, EVOLVE, and 2CW from New York.
In 2012, Huber signed with WWE, where he took the name Luke Harper during his development assignment. At the end of the year, he became a fan of Bray Wyatt, winning the NXT Tag Team titles alongside Erick Rowan. The two joined Wyatt on the main roster in 2013, attacking Kane on their TV debut.
On the WWE main roster, Huber dove in and out of the Wyatt family over the next several years, and often teamed up with Rowan. He held the Intercontinental Title for four weeks in 2014 and was a two-time SmackDown Tag Team Champion – first with a modified version of the family, then with Rowan as the Bludgeon Brothers. This latter reign began with a victory at WrestleMania 34.
Huber notably applied for his WWE release in the spring of 2019 and finally got it in December of this year. Three months later, he made his debut on AEW Dynamite, revealed as The Exalted of The Dark Order. Working as “Mr. Brodie Lee,” Huber unsuccessfully challenged Jon Moxley for the AEW World Title at Double or Nothing in May.
Three months later, he dominated TNT champion Cody Rhodes in a three-minute bout to win the championship. He lost the title to Rhodes on October 7, relinquishing the title after a brutal dog collar match on Dynamite. The match ended up being the last for Huber.
Cultaholic extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Huber.