We’re coming off a stretch of several days where every member of the Judgment Day showed up and showed out. They are succeeding in high-profile and important situations and, simply put, deserve to be established as one of Raw’s headline acts – perhaps including more gold.
They were all over Raw on Monday. Rhea Ripley continued her dominant reign by essentially squashing Dana Brooke. Finn Balor won a triple threat (thanks to some beastly interference from Brock Lesnar) and then had an excellent main event match with Seth Rollins, albeit coming up short. Dominik Mysterio added a win over Xavier Woods that shows his continued improvement while maintaining magnificent heat. Damian Priest couldn’t pull out the win in his triple threat, but it was in part ascribed to a leg injury that came in the high-profile Backlash match against Bad Bunny.
So even though, if you’re looking at records, they went 3-2 on Raw, they were key contributors throughout the show. They deserve to be recognized and booked as if they are among the show’s headliners because they are clearly a huge part of the red brand.
It would be great to see them add some hardware to keep Rhea’s championship company. Maybe Finn gets a rematch and a chance to go over whomever wins the Raw belt (probably Seth). With Gunther’s epic Intercontinental Championship reign running, that somehow seems less likely than the big belt.
Maybe tag gold? It would be kind of odd for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens to lose the Raw tag titles first since they’re assigned to Raw and this would pretty much put them back on SmackDown if they held those straps. Unless both titles go to Judgment Day? There are certainly worse options. Dom winning a championship by cheating and then bragging about it would be spectacular, for sure.
One way or another, Judgment Day are certainly among the biggest stars on Raw, so hopefully they’ll start winning some more big matches as well.
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 12:
1. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (last week: 1)
Pro: Still double tag champs. Beat Imperium on Raw in a fun match.
Con: Now will have to fend off Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa.
2. Judgment Day (5)
Pro: Rhea Ripley rules Raw (albeit with the SmackDown title?) with a quick win over Dana Brooke. Dom defeated Xavier Woods in a spirited contest. Finn Balor won a triple threat then had an excellent main event match with Seth Rollins in the semifinals for the new Raw championship.
Con: Could not defeat Seth to advance.
3. The Bloodline (2)
Pro: Roman still holds the undisputed men's singles titles, and has a shot at the tag titles.
Con: Things are not looking so good in the family for The Usos.
4. Raquel Rodriguez and Liv Morgan (3)
Pro: The women's main roster champs retained against Damage CTRL.
Con: The NXT women's champs seem to be eying their belts.
5. Gallus (6)
Pro: Retained the NXT men's tag titles with a win over The Dyad.
Con: Seem to have a bunch of challengers queuing up for title shots.
6. Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn (5)
Pro: Still the NXT women's tag champions, and perhaps heading into a program with the main roster tag champs.Con: What is the status of those titles, exactly?
7. The OC (not ranked)
Pro: AJ Styles picked up two impressive wins to reach the finals for the new Raw title.
Con: Makes more sense for Seth, who is on Raw, to win those titles.
8. Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen and Fallon Henley (not ranked)
Pro: Defeated Hank Walker and Tank Ledger in a spirited sprint that even included dislodging Tank's tooth.
Con: Will likely need more wins to get into the title picture.
9. Imperium (not ranked)
Pro: Intercontinental Champion Gunther will make his Raw debut next week, and it's being treated like a big deal.
Con: Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci wrestled well but couldn't win against the tag champs. How will Gunther feel about them not succeeded?
10. Pretty Deadly (not ranked)
Pro: Yes boy! They had their SmackDown debut and will make their main roster in-ring debut next week.
Con: Face a tough first test in the Brawling Brutes.
Best tag segment of the week: The Tribal Chief potentially putting The Usos on the outside looking in is an interesting beat in WWE's best story.
The new Raw title tournaments meant not a lot of time for tag teams, but the build for tag programs is in process.