The Judgment Day is the top faction story in WWE


The Judgment Day has an iron grip at the top of WWE Raw and their angle continues to deliver each week. 

Since night two of Wrestlemania 38, The Judgment Day has been a topic of discussion in WWE, as they have grown in numbers, talent, and championship gold. Rhea Ripley, Damian Priest, Domonik Mysterio, Fin Balor, and JD McDonough have risen to the top of WWE ruthlessly (aside from their recent War Games defeat.)  What was once a small faction led by WWE Hall of Famer, Edge has turned into the most vicious and dominant group in WWE and yes, even above The Bloodline.

Roman Reigns and the rest of The Bloodline were on a massive hot streak back in 2022. They were undisputed as a faction, containing The Uso’s, Sammy Zayn, Solo Sikoa, and of course, The Tribal Chief. However, their monumental momentum started to fade at the start of this year. While they were declining, Judgment Day was evolving. Fast Forward to today, the momentum and power in WWE has completely shifted in favor of The Judgment Day.  As for The Bloodline, Zayn was ousted, Jey Uso left and went to RAW, and Reigns barely defends his title or even shows his face in WWE anymore.

Unlike The Bloodline, Judgment Day hasn’t had an official leader since Edge was ousted by Ripley, Priest, and a newly joined Finn Balor. The argument has been made for Priest, Balor, or Ripley as leader but no one has dubbed themself as the leader aside from Priest’s impulsive claim that he later took back and apologized for. This certainly has helped elevate all the Judgment Day members, rather than mainly focusing on only one lead member.

Starting with Ripley’s world title victory over Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania, The faction has racked up a massive amount of gold this year.  With Balor and Priest as 2x and current Tag Team Champions, Dom a 2x and current NXT North American Champion, and Rhea’s Women’s World Championship, The Judgment Day certainly have their trophies to show for their destruction. Not to mention, Priest’s current MITB briefcase that he can cash in for a world title opportunity at any time of his choosing.

Like almost every other WWE faction, The Judgment Day has had its fair share of on-screen struggles. Balor and Priest had on-screen beef over the summer but it was quickly solved by Rhea Ripley, threatening the status of The Judgment Day if they did not win the Undisputed Tag Team Championships at WWE Payback. Thankfully, the duo ended up knocking off Kevin Owens and Sammy Zayn to win the titles and ensure the continuation of The Judgment Day as we know it. The victory also allowed Fin Balor to adopt the nickname “Grand Slam Finn”, winning all four titles on the main roster since his debut in 2016.

Similarly, Dominik Mysterio faced the wrath of Ripley after losing his NXT North American Championship. Ripley also threatened Dom’s spot in the faction if he did not win his title back. Of course, he quickly gained back the title, sustaining his spot in the group and as Mami’s little boy. It seems that once Rhea Ripley steps in, every problem gets solved. It’ll be interesting to see what happens if one day, her threats aren’t enough for the rest of the crew to get the job done.

Heading into Wrestlemania 40, Judgment Day is sure to face its share of challenges, considering the amount of god they currently hold. However, there is also an enormous opportunity. Both Priest and Balor have a shot at winning the Royal Rumble match in January, ensuring them a world title match at Wrestlemania.

Additionally, there is a possible chance that Priest becomes the second ever to cash in his MITB contract at Wrestlemania, giving the Judgment Day two world titles (assuming Rhea retains the world title.) The entire RAW, SmackDown, and NXT roster should be on the lookout because The Judgment Day is far from done.

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