The collaboration between Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio has been spectacular, seamlessly integrating across WWE's trifecta of brands. Currently wreaking havoc on Monday Night RAW, the dastardly duo has also claimed NXT as their playground, where Dominik has secured the North American Championship.
However, the cracks may start to show, mainly due to Dominik's reckless use of his cross-brand privilege. Appearing solo on last week's episode of SmackDown without any other member of The Judgment Day faction, he could be courting trouble if WWE enforces stricter brand delineation—a move hinted at by Triple H's appointment of new general managers.
On top of that, Cody Rhodes, acting as NXT's guest General Manager for a week, is scheduled to make a consequential announcement this Tuesday. Speculation is rife that Rhodes could ban The Judgment Day faction—including Rhea Ripley—from NXT, forcing Dominik to fend for himself as he defends his North American Title.
This would leave Dominik without the support of allies like Finn Balor, Damian Priest, and JD McDonagh.
Ripley's RAW Rivals
As for Rhea Ripley, she's got her own cauldron of issues brewing on WWE RAW. The Women's World Champion is besieged by a trifecta of formidable competitors: Raquel Rodriguez, Nia Jax, and Shayna Baszler.
All three are gunning for her title, setting the stage for an intense Fatal Four-Way Match at Crown Jewel. Ripley's reign appears secure for now, but can the same be said for Dominik's North American Championship? Cody's announcement could act as a double-edged sword.
Either Dominik turns things around, finding renewed vigour and perhaps even transitioning to a babyface role, or he risks losing his title and retreating to RAW, chastened and subdued. The looming decisions could bring about a sea change for The Judgment Day faction, Rhea Ripley, and Dominik Mysterio individually.
Their next moves will be closely watched by their rivals and fans keen to understand how these unfolding dynamics could redefine career trajectories and brand alignments within the WWE universe.