As noted on Tuesday, Harper stated on Twitter that he asked to be released. It’s an unusual move because wrestlers that want to get out of their contracts don’t usually go public but WWE has granted releases to wrestlers who have gone public. Some examples would be Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, and Tye Dillinger.
As noted on Wrestling Observer Radio by Dave Meltzer, Harper’s WWE contract expires in a few months.
“His contract is up in November. I could be off by a month in either direction [but] I’m pretty sure it’s November,” Meltzer said. “In theory, they can hold him to November. In theory, they can also take the last 6 months [because of his injury] and hold him for 6 more months [after his contract expiration]. I don’t think that they would do that because it would be bad PR. The ball is in their court. I don’t know what they’re gonna do exactly.”
WWE finds themselves in an interesting situation because they don’t want the perception that their talent is unhappy and they also don’t want talent signing with another big company like All Elite Wrestling.
Chris Harrington handles the business side of AEW and he is also very good friends with Harper.