Before Rhea would join The Judgment Day, I was first introduced to Rhea Ripley when she competed in the inaugural Mae Young Classic in 2017. In 2018, Rhea would reach the semi-finals of the 2018 edition of the Mare Young Tournament. After, she would be part of the NXT UK brand. In August of the same year, she would become the inaugural NXT UK Women's Champion. Rhea is also the first female Australian champion in WWE history.
Rhea would move to the NXT brand in 2019, where she stayed until 2021. She would become the NXT Women's Champion during that time and was the first person from NXT to defend her title at WrestleMania 36 against Charlotte Flair.
In April 2023, after she would win the SmackDown Women's Championship, she would become the seventh WWE Women's Triple Crown Champion and the fifth WWE Women's Grand Slam Champion. Rhea won the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship with Nikki A.S.H. and she won the Royal Rumble in 2023. Here, she would be the fourth wrestler and the first woman to win a Royal Rumble as the number one entrant. She spent 1 hour, 1 minute, and 8 seconds in the ring which is the longest time a woman spent in the women's Royal Rumble match. Rhea while on the RAW brand would join The Judgement Day in 2022.
The Judgment Day
The Judgment Day was formed in 2022, with the original leader Edge on an episode of Raw on February 21st. Edge will discuss all of his WrestleMania moments and would issue an open challenge for WrestleMania 38. When AJ Styles accepted his challenge, Edge would low blow him and he would turn heel for the first time since 2010. He would defeat AJ Styles with help from Damian Priest. Edge would call his new partnership, The Judgment Day. At WrestleMania Backlash, Rhea Ripley would join the group. The night after Hell in a Cell, of that year Finn Bálor would also join the group. During that. Finn, Rhea, and Damian would attack Edge and remove him from the group. This would make Finn the new leader.
Eventually, The Judgment Day would feud with Rey and Dominik Mysterio. Bálor and Priest were defeated by Edge and Rey. After the match at Clash at the Castle, Dominik attacked Edge and his own father, which turned him heel and he joined The Judgment Dat promptly after that. Currently, Dominik is the NXT North American Champion, Damian is the current Money in the Bank Holder and Rhea is the World Women's Champion.
Let's Bring It Back: Rhea and The Judgment Day
This now brings me back to Rhea Ripley. Rhea has fans all across the board with both, men and women. She's done great things in NXT, and when she won the Royal Rumble, many fans wanted Rhea to win. I was one of them. Her impressive win after being the first entrant cemented her as one of the great women in WWE.
Rhea has helped Judgment Day in many capacities. Most recently with Dominik Mysterio and his antics called herself Mami.
Rhea has gotten into some small altercations with some of the men on the roster, having fans clamor for her to take one of the men on the roster. A feat I think she is quite possible of pulling off. Rhea has come a long way from the blonde woman on NXT UK with her new look of leather, dark hair, and judgment.
While, this is no shade to Finn, Damian, or Dominik, Rhea is one of the best parts of Judgement Day and I would love to see what else she does with this group.