Damian Priest potentially to part ways from The Judgement Day

The group's cornerstone, Damian Priest, might be on the brink of leaving, according to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

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By Blesson Daniel | Aug 19, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

WWE’s Judgment Day faction, which recently enjoyed a surge in popularity, is now facing internal turmoil. The group’s cornerstone, Damian Priest, might be on the brink of leaving, according to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Cageside Seats). This development comes amid growing friction within the faction, compounded by Priest’s position as the holder of the Money in the Bank briefcase and Finn Balor’s pursuit of the World Heavyweight Championship.

Reports suggest that WWE’s “long-term plan” involves Damian Priest exiting Judgment Day. The newcomer speculated to take his place is JD McDonagh, a former NXT star who has recently made his mark on Raw.

Finn Balor’s Quest and Damien Priest’s Status Clash

The heart of the faction’s issues lies in the divergence of priorities between Finn Balor and Damian Priest. While Balor is determined to clinch the World Heavyweight Championship, Priest’s Money in the Bank status adds a layer of complexity to the group dynamics.

Although tensions within Judgment Day pose challenges, they also pave the way for a star to emerge. Whether it’s Balor or Priest who eventually departs, the vacated spot could lead to a significant push for the departing superstar.

Judgment Day’s Redemption

The Judgment Day faction, once led by Edge, has experienced a resurgence under Balor’s leadership. The faction has successfully positioned itself as Raw’s premier stable, akin to The Bloodline while elevating Dominik Mysterio, Rhea Ripley, and Damian Priest into bigger stars.

Surprisingly, Judgment Day has contributed to WWE’s ratings success. The faction’s involvement in key storylines has translated into higher viewership for both Monday Night Raw and WWE NXT. The brewing rivalry between Balor and Priest is intended to escalate into a substantial feud, potentially propelling Priest further into the main event scene.

Priest: On the Verge of Solo Success

Damian Priest’s time on Judgment Day has been transformative. Previously on the periphery, he now stands at the precipice of main event status. His feud with pop culture icon Bad Bunny and his Money in the Bank status have established him as a formidable heel.

Despite the faction’s positive contributions, the potential departure of Priest could lead to a refreshing shift. Introducing JD McDonagh into the fold, especially under the tutelage of Balor, has the potential to elevate him to prominence. Balor’s successful heel persona is best preserved, while Priest’s departure offers a high-risk, high-reward opportunity for solo stardom.

While Judgment Day might need to redefine itself, the potential departure of Priest offers WWE a chance to cultivate a new world title contender or champion. Priest’s journey, from his time in the faction to a solo star, symbolizes the ongoing evolution of WWE’s creative landscape.

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