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Tag Team Weekly Roundup and Power Ratings: Can The Judgment Day be saved?

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For a brief shining moment, when Finn Balor joined Judgment Day and worked with Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley to take Edge out of action in a genuinely surprising twist, it looked like we might have a new faction worth watching.

Then Rhea bowed out due to injury, while Finn and Damian disappeared then re-emerged with a trajectory a lot closer to the League of Nations than The Shield. They even lost two straight matches to the previously decidedly midcard Mysterios, and saw a returning Edge repeatedly foil their plans.

The best thing about this act currently is Ripley, who seems to be the de facto leader -- which is a cool look! Sure, they put a beatdown on The Mysterios to close Raw and Rhea's quick thinking led to Edge inadvertently spearing Dominik Mysterio (after neutralizing him for a bit using her thighs in a way that elicited great thirst from Cagesiders), but they're still more likely to be running away or losing matches than looking strong.

Rhea absolutely feels like a star, even with the questionable booking (and, again, much of that took place with her on the shelf). Finn and Damian each have star quality and have had spurts of good booking, and they both may well be Triple H guys who benefit from the change in leadership. But none of them look higher in the pecking order than Edge, and with Bayley's new faction feuding with Bianca Belair, Rhea's likely out of the title picture for now. While it's been funny to watch her single-handedly neutralize Dominik repeatedly, she needs opportunities for in-ring work.

Maybe Beth Phoenix comes back, but that should end with her putting Rhea over. Finn and Edge may well get a nice match at Clash at the Castle, but again Edge seems like a higher priority than anybody in Judgment Day.

It's hard to say at this point if the clock is ticking on Judgment Day, but if they don't start getting better booking, it certainly doesn't feel like their time.

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 Aug. 5:

1. The Bloodline (last week: 1)

Pro: Still the gold-wearers and standard-bearers in the men's singles and tag team divisions. The Usos added another win on Raw, this over the Mysterios.
Con: Can anybody pose a threat to all the gold before this becomes increasingly less interesting?

2. Control (Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai) (not ranked)

Pro: The biggest splash came through the return of the Role Model, the long-awaited call up of the Genius of the Sky and the WWE comeback for the captain of Team Kick. And we got to see just a taste of what Iyo can do in a match with Bianca Belair.
Con: Will likely have to get through Alexa Bliss and Asuka to get a shot at Bianca's Raw championship.

3. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter (not ranked)

Pro: Finally captured a long-overdue run with the NXT women's tag titles in a four-way that showcased the division well.
Con: Hoping NXT can resist giving the titles back to Toxic Attraction somehow.

4. The Creed Brothers/Diamond Mine (5)

Pro: Retained the NXT men's tag team championships with a win over Tony D'Angelo's family.
Con: Had some help from a returning Santos Escobar. Also, they're clearly better off without Roderick Strong?

5. Legado del Fantasma (not ranked)

Pro: The return of Santos Escobar has la familia poised to break away from Tony D'Angelo's family, and firmly established as babyfaces.
Con: Clearly have one more hurdle to gain their freedom.

6. Toxic Attraction (3)

Pro: Mandy's still champ and turned back Sarray in a non-title affair. The women's division still revolves around them.
Con: Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne were unable to recapture the women's tag titles.

7. New Day (not ranked)

Pro: Kofi Kingston picked up a small measure of revenge on Viking Raiders with a rollup win over Erik.
Con: Still outmanned while Xavier Woods is out selling an injury.

8. The New Vicious Viking Raiders (9)

Pro: Scored a quick win over jobbers.
Con: Erik fell to Kofi Kingston.

9. Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen (8)

Pro: Still the NXT UK titleholders.
Con: Jensen and his marvelously bad haircut took a loss to Joe Gacy thanks to a Pretty Deadly distraction.

10. Judgment Day (9)

Pro: Got to end Raw with a beatdown segment on The Mysterios, wherein Rhea Ripley basically destroyed the internet with a leglock and also caused Edge to spear Dominik.
Con: They still have to return to winning ways to really feel relevant.

Best tag segment of the week: Crowning new champions generally takes the nod here, and for the KCs to finally break through in a fun four-way is a real bonus.

Grade: A-

That there is apparently a tag tournament for the main roster women's title is a good sign. The rest of the action was solid and we got deserving new champs.

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