Roman Reigns’ Bloodline is No Longer the Most Valuable Story in WWE | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors
If Roman Reigns and The Bloodline was once the most valuable story in WWE, it has been eclipsed by The Judgment Day, a faction that has become more long-reaching and omnipresent over the past 10 months.
Some of that can be attributed to the absence of Reigns from a storyline that has stagnated while waiting for him to make his latest appearance and push the narrative forward.
It’s also due the fact that The Judgment Day has been all over WWE television and embroiled in numerous different stories, not unlike The Bloodline at the height of its creative excellence.
Most impressive is that there was a time in which it appeared the faction may fail spectacularly. Originally created by Edge in 2022, it stumbled badly out of the gate and appeared to be little more than a collection of heels with nothing else to do, getting beaten down and vanquished by higher-priority babyfaces.
Then came the rise of Dominik Mysterio as one of the most hated Superstars in recent WWE memory and his on-screen relationship with Rhea Ripley, which further infuriated fans. The moment company officials recognized how special their chemistry was, they started pushing the faction as a whole.
Finn Bálor and Damian Priest became workhorses, appearing every week and establishing an ability to work with any babyface at any level on the show. Championships were won, dominance established and, by the summer of 2023, there was no denying Raw had become The Judgment Day’s playground.
What has happened lately, though, has enhanced the faction and its overarching pursuit of pro wrestling domination.
They have become so strong that those who were key figures in The Bloodline story—Cody Rhodes, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, and Kevin Owens—have transitioned into a program with the red-hot heel faction and remained just as over as they were at the height of their popularity and battles with The Tribal Chief and Co.
Add to that the manner in which The Judgment Day has seamlessly inserted itself in feuds and stories across the red brand so that they have a presence across the three-hour broadcast, and you have an impressive run that few could have imagined amid the lukewarm response to the group in its early days.
Some of that is due to Ripley emerging as the star everyone knew she could be. It is not uncommon for her to stand toe-to-toe with Rhodes, Jey Uso, Seth Rollins or Drew McIntyre and assert her will, all while looking every bit the superstar that she is.
One cannot discount Priest, Bálor and Mysterio, either. They have put in the work between the ropes to establish themselves as bona fide main event talent who can work anywhere on the card and elevate the meaning of any particular match or segment.
They have been rewarded in gold, and the recent story involving Ripley’s attempts to manipulate Rollins and McIntyre to side with The Judgment Day, only to throw them off-guard and open up the possibility for Priest to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and win the World Heavyweight Championship may bring them more.
Then, there is the emergence of JD McDonagh and what his interactions with the group have done to help legitimize him as a fringe player in the storyline.
Now, WWE has an act on Monday nights that can pop up on Tuesdays and drive ratings for NXT, or Fridays to create intrigue surrounding a potential partnership with The Bloodline yet still remain true to everything it has accomplished to this point.
The faction is not only responsible for the most valuable story in WWE, but it may also be the most important stable in pro wrestling because of its significance to the many stories it is intertwined in.