We see how Rhea Ripley became the latest disciple to WWE Hall of Famer Edge at WrestleMania Backlash last night.
We go back to the ring and out comes The Judgment Day – Rhea Ripley, Damian Priest and WWE Hall of Famer Edge. They hit the ring and pose on the apron as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Edge has the mic now. He says they formed The Judgment Day because they were tired of being sheep like all of you. Edge says that did get him a WWE Hall of Fame ring but big deal because he’s bigger than the Hall of Fame. Edge says that also got his body beat up. He talks about how his body is full of injuries also. He goes on and scolds the fans for being keyboard warriors with their asinine comments. Edge says Judgment Day holds the mirror up to each fan and the fans don’t like what they see, mainly because they’re ugly. Edge says Judgment Day can look in any mirror and they like what they see. Edge insults AJ Styles and the local crowd, and says they don’t seem to understand that no one can touch Judgment Day. Fans chant “you suck!” now.
Priest says the truth hurts as individually he and Edge were able to destroy all of your favorites, but together they are something more, something else, but imagine adding an instrument of brutality, which they did in Ripley. Edge shows Ripley off to mostly boos. Priest calls on everyone to rise for the newest member of The Judgment Day – Rhea Ripley! Fans boo as Ripley poses. Ripley says joining the group was the easiest decision of her life. She saw the two of them change for the better and she wanted that for herself. She’s done signing autographs at the airport for all the little kids who come to her saying they want to be like her when they grown up, then she goes online the next day and sees the autographs on eBay. She says she’s done being used and that’s why she joined The Judgment Day. Fans give her the “What!?” treatment now.
Rhea says speaking of being used, she has some unfinished business to tend to tonight – Liv Morgan. Rhea says Liv can no longer ride her coattails and tonight she will give her a reason to cry when she destroys her. Edge hypes Priest and Ripley up some more and their unrealized potential – Priest as The Punishment, Ripley as The Eradicator, they were ships without a rudder but he is that rudder, with the direction. They are now his saints of fate. Edge reveals how he recently approached Ripley and talked to her about her true potential, which led to the split from Liv. Edge takes the credit for breaking up your favorite tag team, as he told Ripley that Liv was holding her back. He saw wasted domination and a juggernaut willing to live in the slow lane instead of dominating everything. Edge goes on and says his movement is not done, they aren’t finished yet and they are looking for more… the music interrupts and out comes Liv to a pop.
Liv Morgan vs. Rhea Ripley
Liv Morgan marches to the ring and poses on the apron as Rhea Ripley stares her down from the corner. Edge and Damian Priest watch from ringside. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and the bell rings as they start brawling. Ripley drops Liv and the referee checks on her. Ripley launches Liv across the ring, then charges in with a shoulder thrust into the corner. Rhea tosses Liv across the ring again but this time she runs into a boot. Liv fights from the corner but Rhea delivers shoulder thrusts as the referee counts.
Ripley works Liv over in the corner and takes her to the top for a superplex. Liv fights back and sends Ripley to the mat. Liv with a hurricanrana off the top rope, then a dropkick. Liv runs right into a big boot from Ripley for another close 2 count. Ripley mounts Liv with some trash talking and aggressive offense as some fans boo. Ripley slams Liv face-first into the mat and keeps beating on her to keep her down. Ripley uses the middle rope as the referee counts and warns her. Ripley with another big strike to the back. Liv tries to fight up but Rhea continues to dominate her and keep her down. The referee checks on Liv again.
Edge and Priest look on as Rhea takes Liv down into a body triangle submission in the middle of the ring. Ripley screams in Liv’s face. Liv tries to turn it into a 2 count but Ripley kicks out and then levels her with a boot. Liv with a nonchalant pin attempt and a clothesline. Ripley keeps Liv down with a boot to the back now. Liv slides out of the Riptide and mounts some offense now. Ripley swings but Liv blocks it and unloads. Liv stuns her with an enziguri. Liv with a big float-over DDT but Ripley gets right back up stumbling. Liv with double knees to the face for a close 2 count. Liv looks to capitalize but Rhea rocks her.
Rhea runs unto a back elbow. Liv comes off the top rope but Rhea slaps her out of mid-air. Rhea goes on and applies the inverted Cloverleaf in the middle of the ring now. Liv tries to crawl to the ropes but Ripley tightens the hold for the submission win.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match, The Judgment Day stands tall together in the middle of the ring as the music hits. Edge nods at Rhea and she goes to Liv for a post-match attack. Ripley rag-dolls Liv with the Cloverleaf and makes her scream out while Edge gets down in her face, laughing and taunting her. The Judgment Day stands tall again but the music interrupts and out comes Finn Balor to the stage. He walks towards the ring as the music hits again and out comes AJ Styles. Styles stands with Balor on the ramp as we go back to a break.
Finn Balor vs. Damian Priest
Back from the break and Finn Balor locks up with Damian Priest. Priest drops Balor first with a shoulder. We see Edge, Rhea Ripley and AJ Styles watching from ringside.
Priest counters Balor’s offense and unloads with strikes. Priest with a big Stage Dive hip attack in the corner now. Balor backs Priest into the corner but Priest hits the Bell Clap. Priest with a big clothesline out of the corner. Priest keeps control and launches Balor across the ring with a big Broken Arrow for 2.
Priest runs into boots in the corner. Balor attacks but Priest drops him and grounds him in the middle of the ring with a knee to the back. They both go down after Balor drops Priest with a side-Russian leg sweep. Balor mounts offense now as fans cheer him on. Balor with a double stomp and more pops from the crowd. Balor counters a big move and rolls him for 2. Balor with Slingblade. Balor sends Priest to the floor at Ripley’s feet.
Balor runs the ropes for a big dive but Ripley looks to sacrifice herself and gets in the way of Priest. Balor puts his brakes on and stays in the ring, but then turns around to a big Spear from Edge. The referee calls for the match.
Winner by DQ: Finn Balor
After the bell, AJ runs in and goes at it with Edge but Ripley comes back in and provide a distraction, grabbing AJ from behind. AJ stops himself from hitting her, but yells at her. This allows Edge the chance to take AJ back down after grabbing him from behind. Priest and Edge hit a Total Elimination combo with Edge delivering a Spear to take AJ out again. The Judgment Day stands tall together as the music starts back up.
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