– Lana wrote the following on Twitter in response to fans no longer chanting Rusev Day at WWE live events:
The saddest thing about the @WWEUniverse is how quickly they turn on someone. Last year everyone chanting in the streets #RusevDay & now you don’t even believe @RusevBUL will win ! I’m glad we woke up to realize we don’t need your stupid support @WWE #WrestleMania #SALTY
— Lana Day (@LanaWWE) April 4, 2019
– As noted, Luke Harper issued the following statement on Twitter regarding his status with WWE:
“I’m 39 years old.
I’ve been cleared since February 6th. I haven’t been brought to one television taping since I left to have double ligament reconstruction wrist surgery on October 2nd, 2018.
6 years ago. I wrestled multiple matches at Axxess as part of FCW and was involved in Undertakers entrance. 5 years ago, I had a front row seat to watch Bray Wyatt wrestle John Cena. 4 years ago, I competed for the Intercontinental Championship in my first Wrestlemania singles match. 3 years ago, I wrestled Brock Lesnar in Toronto on a network special. 2 years ago, I came within inches of competiting for the WWE Championship in the very match AJ Styles won his first and within inches of being part of the WWE championship match at Wrestlemania with Bray and Randy. 1 year ago, I won the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships with Rowan while my wife and 2 sons watched from the front row. Next Thursday I will be wrestling Donovan Dijak at Axxess.
I read all the texts I got that said, ‘you’re back on Axxess???` I was kind to all the people at the gym asking if I’m retired. I swallowed my pride when agents and writers asked me if I was still hurt when completely healthy. And now here we are. April 4th, 2019 ‘When Worlds Collide’ at Axxess. Luke Harper vs Donovan Dijak. How will I respond? How will I change things? Well to all of you this may just be a throwaway Axxess match, but I can assure you to me it is much, much more. This is test. No one has to be happy with the results except me. That’s the true test. Dot still have it? Cant compete with a young, up and coming, incredibly talented, nxt prospect? Am I too old? Has the game passed me by? Am I as good as I really think I am? It brings me near tears to write this because I truly believe I have so f***ing much to offer this industry. I believe I will be a World Heavyweight Champion someday. I believe that, but these are the doubts I live with daily. These are the doubts that creep in your head during rehab. These are the thoughts you think when you watch your left side atrophy. Being ignored and left home for months exasperated these thoughts and it sucked.
I have so much to prove to myself, to WWE, to the industry of professional wrestling, to my wife and it is my responsibility to show my kids how to handle adversity. Next Thursday is the answer. Are the doubts real or is this the first step of the climb?
I promise you I will come prepared and you will get my very best that night Mr. Dijak. Just know, be careful thinking of this as just an assess match because to me, this is Wrestlemania. I’m not throwing away my shot.
— Luke Harper of WWE (@LukeHarperWWE) March 29, 2019
Luke Harper’s opponent for Axxess, Dominik Dijakovic, wrote the following in response to Luke Harper’s recent statement:
I read your notes which are riddled with disrespect. My name is Dominik Dijakovic. I do not care how old you are. I do not care where your career has taken you. I do not care about your injuries or your rehabilitation. I do not care about your feelings. I do not care about your wife or children. I do not care about your goals, dreams, and aspirations. I care about defeating you, and I will defeat you tonight. I am not a stepping stone. I am not a test. I am not a prospect. I am the greatest opponent you will ever face. I fight for my name, my family, and my bloodline and I am willing to die for them. I do not care how important this match is to you or what platform it is on because EVERY match I am in has the weight of my people on my shoulders. I do not need your luck, you can keep it.”