WWE pulled a swerve last night on RAW when they made Finn Balor the new leader of Judgment Day. Balor, Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest assaulted Edge after Priest knocked him out cold with a clothesline.
It was previously reported that Cody Rhodes’ injury played a major role in WWE’s decisions to put Balor in-charge of the stable. Per Fightful’s paywall, WWE originally had a different supernatural pitch for Judgment Day and the Rated R Superstar was opposed to it.
WWE had mentioned taking Judgment Day a “supernatural” route, which Edge was said to have been opposed to. Word started to emerge in the afternoon hours ahead of WWE Raw that a big shift involving Finn Balor and Edge was set to happen.
Although that was firmly set on Monday, the pitch to have Balor as a member of Judgment Day came well before that. Fightful sources had indicated to us the week prior that Balor was set to turn heel and join the group days before Hell in a Cell. However, there was no mention at that point of Edge leaving the group.
Giving Balor the reigns definitely adds a fresh layer to his character, which had grown stale. We’ll have to wait and see what’s next for Edge now that he’s back to being a babyface.
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