Luke Harper has been out of action for months because of a wrist surgery that he needed. Since his tag team partner at the time, Rowan went out of action due to an injury Harper figured it was a good time to get a procedure done that he was putting off.
Harper surprised a lot of fans by returning to the ring in his first match for months. This is exciting for fans who wondered how WWE might use the former Wyatt Family/ Bludgeon Brother member, but they might not have a spot for him in creative just yet.
The Rochester crowd was very happy to see Luke Harper and he was extremely over as a babyface. He worked a match against Mojo Rawley and won. However, the biggest reason why Harper returned as a babyface is that he is from the Rochester area.
The local crowd knew Harper from his days as Brodie Lee and they would have cheered him anyway. This was a great night for Harper, but his babyface days aren’t 100% confirmed seeing how this seemed to be a one-off appearance for now until WWE can figure out what they want to do with him.