In recent weeks, WWE RAW has witnessed an intriguing tug-of-war involving JD McDonagh, who has been vying for a spot among the ranks of The Judgment Day stable. However, the Irish Superstar’s aspirations have taken an unexpected twist as he faces rejection from an entirely different tag team.
During this week’s episode of RAW, JD McDonagh played a pivotal role in helping Damian Priest of The Judgment Day secure a victory over Sami Zayn. Despite his contribution to the win, when Zayn and Kevin Owens launched a post-match assault on the former Cruiserweight Champion, Priest surprisingly declined to come to McDonagh’s aid. This surprising turn of events left fans on Twitter buzzing, pondering what it would take for McDonagh to accept that he might not be destined for a place within RAW’s most dominant stable.
In a playful yet intriguing move, the official Twitter account of the USA Network weighed in on the situation. The suggestion put forth was for JD McDonagh to consider joining forces with The Viking Raiders. However, the response from Valhalla, one-half of The Viking Raiders, was a swift and clear rejection, delivered with a dash of respect.
“With all due respect, and I do mean with all do respect…..no”, she said was Valhalla’s succinct response, leaving no room for ambiguity.
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With all due respect, and I do mean with all do respect…..no
— Sarah Rowe (@WWEValhalla) August 29, 2023
JD McDonagh’s journey to RAW from NXT this year brought with it high expectations. His tenure on the black-and-gold brand positioned him as a top-tier talent, headlining special shows and contending for the NXT Championship on multiple occasions. However, the transition to RAW wasn’t without its challenges, as McDonagh navigated his way through the competitive landscape to secure consistent spotlight moments.
Former WWE Writer Vince Russo, known for his outspoken opinions, recently weighed in on JD McDonagh’s character. Russo expressed his dissatisfaction with McDonagh’s portrayal, highlighting the lack of a distinct character in the Irish Ace’s persona.
“This guy is a wrestler with an Irish accent. There is no character, there is nothing. He could be Sheamus, he could be a Drew McIntyre. He is a wrestler with an Irish accent calling himself ‘The Irish Ace.’ So, there is zero character at all. This is a wrestler from Ireland,” said Russo.
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As the WWE Universe follows JD McDonagh’s journey on RAW, the rejection from The Viking Raiders adds another layer to his evolving narrative. With questions swirling about McDonagh’s future alliances and opportunities, fans are left to speculate whether he will continue to pursue his quest to join The Judgment Day or chart a different course entirely.