During the December 28 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, several superstars and on-air talent paid tribute to the life of the late Jon Huber.
Following his untimely passing on December 26, there was an outpour from the world of professional wrestling which served a testament to the loving character and huge heart Huber possessed. He may have portrayed several fearsome personalities in front of the camera, however behind it, a more loving man you would be challenged to find.
Having portrayed Luke Harper in WWE since his NXT days in 2012, the talent’s passing hit the company’s stars hard and those who knew and loved him best didn’t think twice when it came to honouring the talent on the first live show since his passing.
The tributes began right from the beginning as WWE aired an ‘in memory’ graphic and continued with the announce team who welcomed fans to the final Raw of 2o2o with Huber’s famous catchphrase, “it’s Monday, and you know what that means.”
The words uttered by Tom Phillips and Drew McIntyre – in his show opening promo – were those the later star used in many tweets.
The WWE Champion then went on to pay further tribute, along with Alexa Bliss, who both uttered the line, “yeah, yeah, yeah.” Another of Jon Huber’s sayings which he made famous during his tenure as a Wyatt Family member.
RETRIBUTION member, T-BAR, then got in on the act by reenacting Luke Harper’s entrance as the stable made their way to the squared circle.
Thanks for everything Brodie. https://t.co/SYSH6vHI8l
— T-BAR (@TBARRetribution) December 29, 2020
It was The New Day who went that extra mile, however, in honour of their good friend. Having come up with Huber from NXT to the main roster, Xavier Woods seemed to be the talent most affected by his passing – at least of those present on-screen. Not only did Woods and Kofi Kingston wear armbands that read ‘Brodie’, but their input stretched to the post-show too.
Appearing on Raw Talk, the former WWE Raw Tag Team Champions talked at length about how important the star was not only to them, but everyone in the company:
“If you never got the pleasure of meeting him, he was a fantastic human who did so much for this industry. The lives that he touched and the way he made people feel… whether you were a wrestler, whether you worked on the crew, whether you were in catering, whether you were a fan. He is someone who isn’t just extremely important to me, but extremely important to everyone in this company, and we just really are gonna miss him, a lot. So, we love you, and we wish we could see you.”
Kofi Kingston then took over as the emotion and embraces between both he and Kofi caused a lump to form in the throat:
“You’ve seen all the posts online on social media – he was an amazing father, it was one of the most admirable traits about him. We had so many stories back and forth about our kids because they’re kind of cut from the same cloth, we got a couple of wild boys. You know? So every WrestleMania they would always get together, they called themselves The New Day Kids, you know, and they just… it was just an amazing feeling to share that bond with him.
We just want to make sure everybody takes a second. You know, take a second, remember him for the man that he was, and the legacy that he leaves. Just keep him in your thoughts.”
The passing of Jon Huber has taken its toll on the world of professional wrestling with All Elite Wrestling shifting their New Year’s Smash events in order to accommodate a special tribute edition of the weekly show for their Mr. Brodie Lee.
Jon Huber passed away on December 26 after losing a non-COVID related lung issue.