WWE News: Backstage Conflict Surrounding Luke Harper’s Role At ‘WrestleMania’

Andy Slawecki - Author
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Feb. 27 2017, Updated 6:10 a.m. ET

Luke Harper is one day away from, perhaps, the biggest singles match of his WWE career to date. After chaos reigned during the conclusion to last week’s Battle Royal on SmackDown, Daniel Bryan announced that Harper would face AJ Styles this week in a one-on-one match to determine a new number one contender for Bray Wyatt and the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.

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Luke Harper, AJ Styles and eight other superstars, of course, were battling for that very distinction last week, but inconclusive evidence forced the SmackDown general manager to come up with a new plan. That resulted in the booking of the Harper-Styles match set to main event this week’s show. And while the delay in announcing the blue brand’s marquee match for WrestleMania might appear all part of the plan, there is still plenty of debate and confusion backstage.

Two weeks ago, the Inquisitr reported that several WWE officials were pushing for the idea to include Luke Harper in the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania. Even though on television they were teasing the idea of Randy Orton forgoing his own opportunity, the plan would have been for Harper, Orton, and Wyatt to compete in a triple threat match on the grand stage in Orlando.

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