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Tag Team Weekly Roundup and Power Rankings: Raw’s new faction warfare has real potential

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A lot of Cagesiders (this one included) yearn for WWE to create more factions. Alas, even when the company does so, they are often disbanded for no good reason (Hurt Business) or dropped entirely for no good purpose (Hit Row). Yet a faction provides direction and storylines for talented and sometimes underused wrestlers who might not get meaningful TV time otherwise.

In the case of The Judgment Day, somewhat clunky name aside, it puts one of the all-time greats in Edge atop an emerging stable of rising stars. Damian Priest had the U.S. title and a Jekyll-and-Hyde gimmick worth forgetting, while Rhea Ripley had the women’s Raw title for a bit but then just played the strong side of a couple of tag teams. With Edge’s new faction, they now have a sense of purpose and a more stable place on the card.

And the emergence of that faction also gives AJ Styles and Finn Balor, two world-class athletes sometimes mired in middling storylines, something worth watching too. Whether the two former leaders of the Bullet Club end up with something of that name or not, they are getting longer matches and don’t feel like afterthoughts. And with the addition of Ripley on the other side, they likely need a female member as well. Liv Morgan would make sense if she hadn’t just lost to Ripley, but anybody who gets to run with Styles and Balor will benefit from it.

How and why WWE doesn’t do this more often is still a mystery, but these gathering groups have lots of potential for its members and fans.

The following Tag Team Power Rankings take into account wins, power and placement of segments, recentness of appearances, creative direction and momentum for teams and factions.

WWE Tag Team Power Rankings through May 13:

1. The Bloodline (last week: 2)

Pro: Won an enjoyable WrestleMania backlash six-man tag headline bout.
Con: Still haven’t rid themselves of RK-Bro.

2. RK-Bro (1)

Pro: Scored a win over Street Profits on Raw, then Riddle beat Sami Zayn on SmackDown.
Con: On the losing side of the WrestleMania Backlash main event.

3. Sasha Banks and Naomi (4)

Pro: Still the women’s main-roster tag titleholders, retaining the titles on both Raw and SmackDown.

Con: Who’s left to give them a good match?


4. Toxic Attraction (6)

Pro: Still holding all the women’s gold on NXT. Retained in a fun match against Wendy Choo and Roxanne Perez, then left Choo lying in a bit of revenge.

Con: Continue to collect enemies, with Indi Hartwell likely next.


5. Pretty Deadly (3)

Pro: Still NXT men’s champs and fresh enough that fans want to see them.

Con: Didn’t get booked for Wednesday’s show.


6. The Judgment Day (not ranked)

Pro: Edge defeated AJ Styles at WrestleMania Backlash thanks to new member Rhea Ripley, who defeated Liv Morgan. The trio also left more babyfaces lying on Raw.

Con: Damian Priest took a DQ loss to Finn Balor.


7. Whatever we’re calling the Sheamus-Ridge Holland-Butch faction (9)

Pro: Kept their win streak going as Butch beat Kofi Kingston on SmackDown.

Con: The entertaining nature of these wrestlers aside, this rivalry needs something fresh to keep it more interesting.


8. Diamond Mine (8)

Pro: The Creed Brothers have another shot at Viking Raiders to see if they can win clean this time. Ivy Nile is out here showing up buff guys, and they have an interesting new member in Damon Kemp.

Con: Fissures continue to show in the faction.


9. Chase U (not ranked)

Pro: NXT’s most fun faction continues to deliver sports entertaining segments and picked up a big win in a new alliance with Sarray. The idea of Andre Chase having no idea his school had a foreign language department is somehow hilarious.

Con: Great as Andre Chase is, comedy midcarder is probably his ceiling.


10. Viking Raiders (10)

Pro: Still hanging around NXT and likely to put on another good match with The Creeds.

Con: But are they going to lose this one too?


Best tag segment of the week: While the six-man tag between The Bloodline and RK-Bro plus Drew McIntyre got there via a strange route, the match itself was as fun as expected with six of the top wrestlers in the company.

Grade: A. WWE is giving its tag divisions a nice amount of attention, with both women’s titles defended and the Raw and SmackDown title story getting main-event time.

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