Pro wrestling is a crazy industry sometimes, one of the trickiest things to pull off these days is getting over with the crowd as a big man, more and more these days the smaller workers are taking the lead. With people like Dolph Ziggler, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, and CM Punk being heralded as the best workers in the business it’s easy to see that fans are slowly adopting a more “every man” look instead of looking up to the monsters of the past. The occasional “big man” that breaks onto the scene is still typically closer to average than not, men like Ryback, Big E, and Rusev are built like they’re cut out of stone but they’re all under 6’5″ tall. Currently one of the tallest men on the WWE roster that’s gotten over with the fans is Wade Barrett, although many wouldn’t suspect he’s close to the seven foot mark.
While Barrett is six foot-seven inches tall you wouldn’t likely assume it upon looking at him, on the other side of the coin is one of the current resident monsters, Luke Harper. As much as Barrett appears to be shorter than he actually is, Harper looks much larger than he actually is, listed at six feet-five inches his character is so large that it makes him appear to be much bigger. It’s quite the interesting thing in wrestling, even to this day I have trouble putting Hulk Hogan in the upper six foot range. As big a character as Hogan always was, and as great a character as Bad News Barrett is, they don’t play on the psyche as much as a monster, fear can help build a legend and that’s what happens with Harper. Harper is a member of the cultesque Wyatt Family, a monstrous trio that plays on fear and as a result they appear much larger than they are actually.
As hard as it can be for people to get over as larger competitor these days it can be even harder when you’re a member of a faction and as a member of said faction you’re following the biggest psychological character to come along since The Undertaker. Luke Harper has been able to get out of the massive shadow of Bray by being the most unconventional big man in the business, it’s not too often that you get a guy his size who dives out of the ring at competitors, aside from Undertaker. While Harper is crisp and actually pretty fluid with his movements he’s also completely brutal looking, which makes it look more real, making it more over with the fans. I’m a fan of the faction, starting with Wyatt but as time’s moved forward I’ve become a bigger fan of Harper everytime I see him work, and I’m not the only one, it seems as if one Hardcore Legend has become a fan as well, which should be a feather in the cap of anyone in wrestling. Hopefully we’ll be watching Harper grow his legend for years to come.