“Welcome to the Dark Side”: Rhea Ripley Blows Away WWE Fans After Aligning With Edge

Published 05/08/2022, 10:49 PM EDT

The Judgement Day faction started when Damian Priest showed his presence to assist Edge at WrestleMania 38. He distracted AJ Styles and in this way, The Rated R superstar won the match at The Stupendous show. Surprisingly, their WrestleMania Backlash match saw Rhea Ripley join Edge as she assisted him.


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Styles and Edge had a match at WrestleMania BackLash. Moreover, Priest was not allowed ringside as per the stipulation after The Phenomenal One won last week on RAW. 


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The new Sinister of WWE won the match against AJ Styles. However, Edge yet again had an assist from a masked person who pulled down Styles from the top rope. The masked person was the newest member of The Judgement Day, Rhea Ripley.

WWE shared the picture on their official Twitter account saying, “What did we just witness?!?!

#WMBacklash @EdgeRatedR @RheaRipley_WWE”

The WWE Universe loved this move by Rhea Ripley. Many saw this move coming from Ripley after she turned her back to Liv Morgan.


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Fans react to Rhea Ripley joining the new faction of Edge

Sofia said, “Love this reveal. This was awesome. Happy for Rhea. 🙌 #WMBacklash”

This fan said, “HUGE FU*KING DUB”

Garett wanted to see this turn, “Welcome to the dark side, Rhea…where you were meant to be. 😈👹👏👍”

Harley says, “It was still Great. I think Edge turning heel may have limited his moveset so maybe that’s why these aren’t the classics we all hoped for but it was still great and Then Rhea revealing herself was really cool”


Indeed, this fan is right, “Rheas reached the other side 🎶”

Keivon said, “*edge while rhea was recovering*
Edge: You’re one of the top singles female wrestlers Herd! Do you wanna keep being in loser tag teams?! Living for Brutality more like Living for L’s! Join us, join Judgement day”

What is next for Ripley?

Rhea Ripley was the unknown masked person who interfered in the Edge vs AJ Styles match at WrestleMania BackLash. Fans predicted this move from Ripley, but not this soon. She became the third member of The Judgement Day faction led by Edge.


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Last month Ripley turned on her tag team partner Liv Morgan after they lost to Sasha Banks and Naomi. This new dark incarnation for Ripley will be great for her future in RAW. The first possible for her would be against Liv Morgan. Also, we can see a mixed 6-man tag match between Edge, Priest, and Rhea Ripley vs AJ Styles, Finn Balor, and Liv Morgan.

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What are your thoughts about this turn for Ripley? Are you excited to see what is next for her? Let us know in the comments.




Tushar Deogharkar

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Tushar Deogharkar is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Tushar has done his Master's in Tourism Management and is an ardent fan of pro wrestling. He follows WWE and AEW very closely and wants to learn how the promotions are run.