For the better part of seven months, JD McDonagh has been in Judgment Day’s orbit, providing support when needed but never being officially indoctrinated into the group. On Monday night on “WWE Raw,” that finally changed, with Damian Priest presenting McDonagh with an official Judgment Day leather jacket and welcoming him as a full member.
After being recruited for “Raw” in late April earlier this year, McDonagh’s loose association with The Judgment Day quickly became apparent following his debut, and “The Irish Ace” was soon explored by Finn Balor, who coached McDonagh; the two share a hometown. In Ireland. The membership went through many ups and downs, including several instances where Priest, more than any other member, showed distrust and dislike of McDonagh getting any closer than he already was. Lately, however, McDonagh has shown his loyalty by taking a few bullets for the group, including one on Monday when he saved Priest during a melee after the initial tag team match ended in a no contest.
Later, in a backstage segment, as the group discussed the upcoming main event, Rhea Ripley grabbed a duffel bag and asked if they were ready to take care of the business at hand involving McDonagh. Priest, who that same night declared himself leader of The Judgment Day (only to later share it privately with his comrades), insisted on giving him the good news in person, eventually telling McDonagh that he had earned it and accepting it with the open arms.
McDonagh, Priest, Balor and Dominik Mysterio will represent The Judgment Day in a WarGames match at Survivor Series against Seth Rollins, Cody Rhodes, Jey Uso and Sami Zayn.