The converted Rangers are the model for the team that the Flyers could have been

After years of push, push, push and all attempts to win a Stanley Cup, the team would finish eighth of eight dead last in the NHL's Metropolitan Division and amass a meager 77 points. The team would fire Vigneault and figure out what to do next. At the beginning of February 2018, the new ... (Author: Gardener)

RangersThe Flyers' Scott Laughton checks out Rangers forward Artemi Panarin during a game in April. The team was coached by Alain Vigneault, and the team was going nowhere. After years of push, push, push and all attempts to win a Stanley Cup, the team would finish eighth of eight dead last in the NHL's Metropolitan Division and amass a meager 77 points. The team would fire Vigneault and figure out what to do next. In early February 2018, the New York Rangers therefore sent a letter to their fans, signed by then-President Glen Sather and then-General Manager Jeff Gorton. "The decisions we make going forward," Gorton later told reporters, "will be based on [the] long-term approach and not trying to salvage this season." More than four years later, the Rangers are in the Eastern Conference Finals and lead 2-1 in a row over two-time Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning. In the regular season, they won 52 games and accumulated 110 points, which earned them fourth place in the conference. They have a collection of dynamic forwards, one of the best defenders in the league in Adam Fox and perhaps the best goalkeeper in the league in Igor Shesterkin. The Flyers don't have those things. They don't have a dynamic offensive player, let alone a collection of them. They have Ivan Provorov, who by now should be one of the best defenders in the league, but instead was a player whose quality of play completely depends on the quality of his blue line partner. They finished last in the Metropolitan this season, eighth out of eight, and it will likely be a long time before they climb out of those depths. The Flyers' Joel Farabee can't stop Rangers' Andrew Copp from scoring an empty goal in New York's 4-0 win at the Wells Fargo Center on April 13. No end in sight: Why the Flyers' 47-year drought isn't showing any signs of an end soon It might seem like a small gesture for a franchise to announce that it's rebuilding as the Rangers did with this letter . If anything, Sather and Gorton risked alienating the team's fans by saying, Hey, don't expect us to be good for a while. The Flyers have attempted to walk the line between rebuilding and competing, and they have suffered from their indecisiveness. In July 2016, the Rangers traded forward (and future Flyer) Derick Brassard and a seventh-round draft pick to the Ottawa Senators. In return, New York got a second-round pick and a player who has been a disappointment since the Senators drafted him No. 6 in the 2011 draft. That player was Mika Zibanejad, and that trade has proven to be one of the most one-sided in recent NHL history. Brassard, as he generally was throughout his career, was a solid player for the Senators, who advanced 16-17 to the Eastern Conference Finals, losing to the Penguins in seven games. But Zibanejad has become a star at Rangers. He's averaged 38 goals per 82 games over his last four seasons, and he has 10 goals and 24 points in his first 17 games this postseason. More importantly, Zibanejad was just 23 when the senators traded him for a player they believed could now help them win. Those kinds of moves -- abandoning long-term promises for potential short-term gains -- defined the Flyers for years, and they're still paying the price. They showed patience with a player they had invested in. After Rangers picked Chris Kreider as the No. 19 draft pick in the 2009 draft, they had to wait three years for him to join them while he remained at Boston College. They then waited until February 2020, four months before he was due to become an unrestricted free agent, to sign him to a seven-year contract with an affordable $6.5 million annual cap. Up until then, according to a longtime NHL observer, Kreider was "a good teammate, a guy who spurted on that he could be a star but could never pull it all together." However, he has the Rangers generous for their dedication and scored 52 goals this season - including 26 on the power play, the most in the league - and another 10 so far in these playoffs. The average game in 2021-22 featured 6.3 goals, the highest such number since 1995-96. "They do a great job of letting stars be stars," said AHL President and former NHL General Manager Scott Howson. "That's what people come for." Given these trends, it made sense for teams to risk players with top-notch offensive skills. With Kreider, Zibanejad, Fox (whom they acquired in a trade with Carolina) and Artemi Panarin (whom they signed as a free agent in 2019), the Rangers have made big strides... and bonded. The planes lack this firepower. Great players saw them as a worthwhile goal. He wasn't that excited about coming to Philadelphia. Y. wanted to play for Rangers and effectively forced the Hurricanes to trade him. Five players — Alexis Lafrenière, Filip Chytil, K'Andre Miller, Kaapo Kakko and Braden Schneider — who contributed to Rangers' postseason run were first-round picks by the team between 2017 and 2020. While New York has hoarded picks and hit on them traded the Flyers picks in the deals from Shayne Gostisbehere (a runner-up and a seventh) and Rasmus Ristolainen (a first and a runner-up), and they missed several draftees: Nolan Patrick, German Rubtsov, etc. One: With the 19th overall pick in 2018, the Flyers acquired center Jay O'Brien, who, now 22, has not yet signed with them and will remain at Boston University for one year. Three picks later, Rangers brought in defenseman K'Andre Miller, who has appeared in all 82 games this season and is averaging more than 25 minutes of ice time per game in the playoffs. Second: Shesterkin, the favorite for the Vezina Trophy, was a fourth-round pick in 2014. The Flyers had only four of their fourth-round picks in the last 11 drafts in the suit. These four players - Maksim Sushko, Connor Bunnaman, Mikhail Vorobyev and Taylor Leier - have played 146 games combined and scored five goals. None of the four are still with the Flyers organization.


Justin Bieber Headed For Lightning Rangers Game 7 Conflict?

His concert is scheduled at Madison Square Garden on the same day as Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. (Author: Gardener)

Justin Bieber Headed For Lightning Rangers GameHis concert is scheduled at Madison Square Garden on the same day as Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. (#1 bad Justin Bieber song pun) Here's what the pop star might say to his Beliebers if he has to cancel a scheduled concert at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, June 14. If the Lightning-Rangers Eastern Conference Finals lasts seven games, Game 7 is scheduled to be played Tuesday, June 14 at Madison Square Garden. This isn't the first time we've seen a potential conflict between a concert and a sporting event. Back in 2015, the Astros and Taylor Swift were lined up over a potential scheduling issue, but the Astros showed good intentions (bad Bieber Song pun #2) and took care of the issue months in advance: The Bieber Rangers issue double booking means that the Bieber concert will be postponed at very short notice or the Eastern Conference Finals would have to be postponed. Game 7 between Lightning and Rangers could not be rescheduled to Monday June 13th due to Biebs not only playing at MSG One Time. (bad bieber song pun #3) He also does a show on the 13th at MSG. A source told me Tuesday that if there was a conflict, the Bieber show would be pushed back a day to Wednesday June 15, which would have some Bieber fans asking, "What do you mean?" Pun No. 4) The Bieber fans should be happy that the concert was simply postponed and not cancelled, because then they would have been really unlucky. Here are some other yummy (Bad Bieber Song Pun #5) replies I've gotten in the last 24 hours since I tweeted about this message: That's not great considering you're a famous franchise in Boston and an all-time great in Steph Curry have gone head to head. 4. I've always tried not to rely on the easy route of beating up some nonsensical lists or rankings in Traina Thoughts. I'm waiving that rule today to point out that this is one of the worst lists I've ever seen. When you make a list, try to give it some credibility. 5. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that longtime Yankees spokesman John Sterling will cut his schedule in the second half of the season and miss about 25-30 away games. If you've been following me for a while, you know there are few people in the world of sports broadcasting I like more than the man named Pa Pinstripe (who once appeared on the SI Media Podcast), so this pissed me off. If you're a Sterling fan, enjoy it as much as you can now. 6. The latest SI Media Podcast features a conversation with The Athletic's media reporter and former SI writer Richard Deitsch. We also spoke about Deitsch's decision to stop tweeting on February 20 and when he will be back on the social media service. Deitsch is followed by the weekly segment “Traina Thoughts” with Sal Licata from WFAN Radio and SNY TV in New York. Jimmy and Sal break down the surreal fantasy football controversy between Tommy Pham, Joc Pederson and Mike Trout, share their thoughts on Derek Jeter joining Twitter and answer emails from listeners. You can listen to the podcast below or download it from Apple, Spotify and Google. 7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Today, June 7th, would have been the 64th birthday of Prince, who still has the best Super Bowl halftime show ever. Be sure to catch up on previous issues of Traina Thoughts and watch the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Google. You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.


Rangers vs. Lightning Game 4 Predictions and Player Props: Igor Shesterkin's 49 saves aren't enough in Game 3

Check out our experts' best bets for Game 4 between the Lightning and Rangers as both teams try to get closer to the Stanley Cup. (Author: Gardener)

Lightning Game 4 PredictionsPickswise provides with exclusive sports betting content including tips, analysis, tools, games and sports betting deals to help bettors get in on the action. Back-to-back Stanley Cup champions were able to step up to the Victory Column in this series after the Lightning lost their first two games to the Rangers. A Game 3 win guaranteed the series would go at least five games and return to New York for Game 5. However, there is one more game scheduled for Tuesday night in Tampa Bay, and our pundits did their best. The home team has won all three games of that series, and the Tampa Bay Lightning go into Game 3 as the -175 moneyline favorites at Caesars Sportsbook. New York is an underdog with +155 moneylines and the total for today's game is 5.5. Caesars lets new users place their first bet up to $1,500 completely risk-free! A $1,500 bet on the blitz to break up the streak will return just over $857 in profit, and you can make that bet completely risk-free at Caesars Sportsbook. Let's see who our pundits picked to win the deciding Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight. Caesars Sportsbook is offering up to $1,500 Risk Free Bet to New Users! All you have to do is click here to claim your risk free bet in time for Game 4 between the Rangers and Lightning Tuesday night! The Lightning secured our Game 3 prediction by beating the Rangers in regulation time on Sunday. It was a close decision, however, as Ondrej Palat, with just 41.6 seconds left in the game, scored the winning goal. As these teams proved evenly matched, it's become apparent that it's worth paying the extra price for the direct moneyline instead, and we're back to Lightning for Game 4. This series was not only hard-fought, but buts the Lightning also had 20 overtime games this season, and the Rangers are the most in the playoffs. Regardless, the Lightning should once again charge past the Rangers while they have home field advantage on ice. They're now 5-1 in Tampa this postseason after going 27-8-6 at home in the regular season, and they've clearly made adjustments to penetrate the Rangers' strong defense. The Lightning set a postseason franchise record with 51 shots on goal in Game 3 against Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin. After the collapse of Game 3, it was clear that the Lightning Superstars needed to step up, and they did just that. Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman were relentless, scoring seven points and a combined 16 shots on goal. Tampa goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy returned to his usual form on Sunday, knocking out the Rangers at close range several times. Just as the Rangers roleplayers shone at Madison Square Garden, the Lightning roleplayers did the same on Sunday in Tampa. Palat scored the winner and Corey Perry assisted Stamkos' goal. After seeing their cohesion with the Superstars in Game 3, the Lightning should even that streak before heading back to the Big Apple, and we predict Tampa Bay will win Game 4 on Tuesday night. FanDuel Sportsbook is giving away $200 in free bets to all new users who sign up and wager $5 on any sporting event. Win or lose, FanDuel gives you $200 in Free Spins in your account! Games 2 and 3 ended with only five goals and probably should have been even less. Tampa's defense also improved, and Victor Hedman led a unit that allowed just 30 shots on goal. Both teams dominated defensively throughout the regular season, and their numbers have reflected that this postseason. New York and Tampa have averaged fewer than three goals per game in these playoffs, and both goalies should remain at their best. As such, we expect Game 3 to remain under 5.5 goals on Tuesday night. With Kucherov and Stamkos coming through with their goalscorers in the last two games, it's time to think outside the box. It was followed by Ondrej Palat, who scored the Game Winner for the Lightning in Game 3, and now it's time for Anthony Cirelli to shine. Tampa might have had a hard time starting this streak, but Cirelli didn't. Despite being kept pointless on Sunday, he recorded two assists in Game 1, followed by another in Game 2. Although all but one of his points were assists this postseason, it's still worth taking his point total as he money is balanced. Cirelli still shoots the puck quite often and has had four shots on target in three of his last four games. Averaging 20 minutes of ice time per game this postseason, Cirelli should have plenty of opportunities to assert himself and we predict he'll score at least a point against Rangers in Game 4. Free Bet on NBA Finals, NHL Playoffs MLB and more! New York Rangers: Watch Full Eastern Conference Finals Schedule vs. Tampa Bay Lightning | Here's how to get tickets to Game 5 of the New York Rangers-Tampa Bay Lightning series


Rangers teammates don't want Jacob Trouba to switch despite penalties

Trouba lost three penalties to Lightning in Game 3, but teammates call him "a rock." (Author: Gardener)

Jacob Trouba-- Adam Fox and K'Andre Miller both called teammate Jacob Trouba "a rock" for the Rangers, who went 2-2 in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which continues with Game on Tuesday: 1 in the lead are 4 in the Amalie Arena. Defenders expressed their support for Trouba after he was called out for three minor penalties in Rangers' 3-2 Game 3 loss on Sunday. Tampa Bay scored on two of the three power plays it received thanks to Trouba's penalties, erasing an early Rangers 2-0 lead. "It's not his fault," Fox said after the game. “Of course some calls happen. About the beginning of the third [a holding call to Tampa's Anthony Cirelli 37 seconds into halftime], I don't know about that. But you know 'Troubs' he's played a lot of games, he's a leader for us. "I know he was pretty dialed in in practice today," Miller, Trouba's regular partner on defense, said Monday after the Rangers' short skate at the Amalie Arena. He's the type of player who recovers from these games. Trouba was a physical force in the playoffs. Trouba leads Rangers into the playoffs with 25 penalties, but coach Gerard Gallant agrees. "Penalties happen," Gallant said Monday. “[Trouba] plays a lot of minutes. So unfortunately he got some penalties. But I want him to play the same game. Troubs is a great defender and plays hard for us and plays hard. So some hard calls, you know, the little trips, but those are penalties, so you gotta call them. Gallant was less concerned with Trouba's tough Game 3 and more concerned with finding a way for his team to play tougher on Tuesday. The task may be more difficult when Rangers don't have Ryan Strome or Barclay Goodrow. Both players were injured in Sunday's game. Strome left the game early, but Gallant expects him to play; Goodrow finished the game, but Gallant seemed less sure of his status. Both were among the regulars who didn't train on Monday. "Tampa is a good team and we knew the pushback [Sunday] was going to be there, you know what I mean?" he said. "They were 2-0 down when they came home so we knew they were going to play their best game and they did. They won a lot of loose puck fights and they were brave and played a brave game. "We still had a chance to win that game but we didn't do it," he said. “But again, we know they won't give you anything for free. So they know we're going to have to take it from them... They're not going to give us anything."


New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 4 odds, tips and predictions

The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning meet in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. Rangers lead the series 2-1. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN+). (Author: Gardener)

New York RangersTampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) passes the puck while New York Rangers center Andrew Copp (18) defends during the third period of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning meet in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. Rangers lead the series 2-1. Lightning Game 4 odds and lines and meet our expert NHL tips, predictions and bets. Rangers took a 2-0 lead in Game 3 thanks to two second-half power play goals from Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. However, New York couldn't hold the lead and coughed up 3 unanswered goals. Nikita Kucherov scored a power play goal midway through the second game and Steven Stamkos managed a PPG in the third to tie things and get the crowd back in the game. Ondrej Palat then scored the decisive goal to win 3-2 with 42 seconds to go. Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; For a full list, visit the USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Hub. Shesterkin allowed 3 goals on 52 shots in Game 3 as he was under siege for most of the afternoon. The goal for Palat with less than a minute to go might stick in his memory, although it was the only even-strength goal he conceded in the entire game. Vasilevskiy was hammered for 6 goals on 34 shots in Game 1 in New York, but he's only managed 5 goals on 58 shots in the last two games. Allowed 2 or fewer goals in 6 of the last 8 playoff games. The LIGHTNING (-180) are a bit pricey and this is my limit for a money line game. But I feel the two-time defending champions and I think they'll carry the momentum from Palat's late Game 3 goal into this series. The BLITZ -1.5 (+140) is worth a throw on the puck line. Tampa Bay has won 4 of their last 7 playoff games by just 1 goal, and it might take a late empty goal to secure victory on the puck line. But I think Vasilevskiy has his best performance of the series, tying 2-2 en route to a crucial Game 5 in Manhattan on Thursday. Shesterkin and Vasilevskiy have yet to meet goalless in this series. Sure there was a total of 5 goals in games 2 and 3 each, but I think defense and goalkeeping are even better in this game as high risk odds are at the forefront as the intensity of the streak rises to an all-time high. Behold: ESPN+ has become a must-watch for hockey fans. Sign up for ESPN+ now! Bet online legally with a trusted partner: Tipico Sportsbook, the Official Sportsbook Partner of Sportsbook Wire in CO, NJ and soon IA. If you're looking for more sports betting tips and tricks, access all of our content on and BetFTW, or try our USA TODAY Parlay Calculator. Please gamble responsibly. Follow SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for viewer recommendations on betting services. Tipico has no control over, nor is such revenue in any way dependent on or connected to the newsrooms or reporting. gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA). Odds, tips and predictions for the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres


First Money in the Bank Title Match and Return of John Cena Announced

WWE Monday Night Raw June 6 Episode: First Money in the Bank Title Match and John Cena's return were announced on the fall-out show Hell in a Cell. (Author: Gardener)

Bank Title MatchDoudrop, Liv Morgan, Rhea Ripley and Alexa Bliss competed on Raw in a fatal 4-way match in this week's Raw Main Event, with the winner earning the number one spot for the Raw Women's Championship. In the final moments, Bliss missed a top-rope twisted bliss on Liv, who was targeting Doudrop. Doudrop Michinoku driver. Ripley came from behind and hit Doudrop with her Riptide finisher for the 3 count. After the match, it was officially announced that Ripley would challenge Belair for the Raw Women's Title at Money in the Bank. This is the first match confirmed for the PLE scheduled for July 2nd. Belair has held the WWE Raw Women's Championship since winning the title from Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 38 last April. Cell PLE, last Sunday in a Rhea Ripley is a former Raw Women's Champion, a Now she's returning to cover since last summer. Another big piece of news from this week's Raw is the confirmation of WWE Legend John Cena's return to television. The 16-time World Champion will return to Raw on the June 27 episode in which WWE throws a Cena, who debuted with WWE in June 2002, in the same day to answer WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle's open challenge and to show the world what he was capable of. long-running WWE career, which is considered one of the greatest in company history. WWE has already dedicated June 2022 to Cena as they encourage fans to use the hashtag #CenaMonth throughout the month to share their favorite moments and memories from his career. With his official return to television, it now looks like he could be linked to WWE's upcoming summer events, namely Money in the Bank and Summerslam.


Seth Rollins decimates Cody Rhodes days before injured star has surgery

WWE Raw star Seth Freakin' Rollins decimates Cody Rhodes days before the injured star undergoes surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle after Hell In A Cell. (Author: Gardener)

Cody RhodesWWE Superstar Seth Freakin' Rollins left Cody Rhodes battered just days before his surgery. The Visionary gave the injured American Nightmare a false sense of security on Monday Night Raw this week less than 24 hours after they met in an intense Hell In A Cell match. As Raw got underway, Cody came to the ring to thank the fans for their support and insisted he decided to play the match anyway because he sees wrestling as a privilege. Despite being scheduled for surgery this week, he even suggested he wants to compete in the men's title fight at Money In The Bank on July 3, although typical recovery time is a matter of months not weeks. He was soon joined by Rollins, who admitted that while he dislikes the former All Elite Wrestling (AEW) co-founder and wrestler, he respects him after the passion he showed on Sunday. Seth then left Cody to absorb the roar of the crowd and the former Intercontinental Champion walked up the ramp. He also stomped on Cody's injured pectoral muscle, leaving him on the floor in pain. Although Rhodes was able to get to his feet and walk outside instead of lying down on a stretcher, it seems like the segment is done to really write him off TV. Despite the Money In The Bank reference, it's clear he won't be on the show - and Rollin's attack gives Shim another reason to be out of action, as well as a ready-made reason to continue the storyline once he's recovered. MORE : WWE star Cody Rhodes insists wrestling with brutal injuries at Hell In A Cell was 'solely his choice'


Finn Balor joins Judgment Day as the group destroys Edge

WWE Raw Scores, Scores: Finn Balor joins Judgment Day as the group destroys Edge in the ultimate betrayal and Seth Rollins attacks Cody Rhodes. (Author: Gardener)

Finn BalorWWE Legend Edge was betrayed on Raw when Judgment Day recruited a new member before sacking their leader. On Monday night's show, the intimidating group - which also includes Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest - welcomed Finn Balor to the ranks 24 hours after defeating him, AJ Styles and Liv Morgan at Hell In A Cell. The segment began with Edge, Priest and Ripley celebrating their victory on Sunday night before the Ultimate Opportunist announced Balor as the newest member of the group. However, things took a turn when the Archer of Infamy claimed the last thing holding the group back was Edge, and all three members jumped in on the attack. Meanwhile, it was an all-around fantastic night for Rhea Ripley, who found herself in the main event battling Liv Morgan, Alexa Bliss and Doudrop with a Raw Women's Title Shot on Money In The Bank on the line. Bianca Belair was at ringside for a closer look at her potential challengers and all four women had a chance to shine in a brilliant match to lead the evening. In the end, Ripley – definitely acting as a next-level star here – clinched victory with Riptide on Doudrop, and fans can look forward to a treat as she reignites her rivalry with WWE's EST with the gold to be won . The show began with Cody Rhodes coming out to address fans after his awkward and emotional win over Seth Freakin' Rollins at Hell In A Cell, despite going into the match with a legitimate and nasty chest tear. The American Nightmare described wrestling as a privilege and suggested that while he needs surgery this week (actually Wednesday) he considers the possibility of competing at Money In The Bank in just a few weeks. Rollins eventually came to the ring and insisted Rhodes had earned his respect, even telling Cody his late father Dusty would now be proud of him. Becky Lynch and Dana Brooke's match was cut short by 24/7 title nonsense, with the latter pinning Akira Tozawa for the gold. Big Time Becks - who is on a downward spiral - insisted only she can win a championship in her matches, and action restarted with the gold on the line just for Asuka to help Brooke pin the megastar. The Miz and Maryse were jazzing up their reality show on Miz TV before Riddle interrupted them, exchanging insults with the couple and even challenging Roman Reigns. Ciampa attacked him out of nowhere, leading to a match between The Miz - in his suit - and the Original Bro, who managed to win a fun fight by an RKO. The Street Profits defeated The Usos in a thrilling match that sets up for a Unified Tag Team Title Match where the action is as gripping as you'd expect. Montez Ford in particular continues to look like an absolute star. Bobby Lashley went for a break away from MVP and Omos but was cut short by the United States Champion Theory when the All Mighty made a challenge. Veer beat Dominik Mysterio in a decent fight when his father Rey interfered to protect his son, causing a disqualification. Elsewhere, Omos defeated Cedric Alexander with just one move, and post-match Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode came out for an interview, resulting in Dolph hitting MVP with a superkick before the Dirty Dawgs shot through. Ezekiel defeated Otis in a fun but short match, with the real drama coming after the bell when he challenged Kevin Owens to a rematch next week. MORE : IMPACT wrestling star Mia Yim recalls the embarrassing moment an opponent peed on herself mid-match


Edge dropped out of Judgment Day when the shock group was turned inside out

In a rather surprising turn of events, Edge was kicked out of his own Judgment Day faction on WWE Raw and replaced by Finn Balor (Author: Gardener)

Judgment DayAfter you register, we use the email address you provided to send you the newsletter. After you register, we use the email address you provided to send you the newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. In a runaway Fatal 4-Way match, Rhea Ripley defeated Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan and Doudrop to earn the right to challenge Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair at WWE Money in the Bank. Additionally, The Judgment Day and their surprise new member, Finn Bálor, turned on Edge and unleashed a surprise attack on their apparent former leader, and Seth "Freakin" Rollins executed a terrifying attack on an injured Cody Rhodes. Seth "Freakin" Rollins attacked the injured Cody Rhodes with a sledgehammer after Rhodes' heroic performance in Hell in a Cell. Shortly after Dana Brooke reclaimed the 24/7 title, Becky Lynch insisted their match be restarted with the title at stake. As she did so, The Empress held Lynch's foot to secure the three-pointer and give Dana her second big win of the night, this time over an angry Big Time Becks. Before he could, Riddle suddenly hit the RKO out of nowhere and grabbed the huge win. Ford was then able to re-enter the ring at the last second to give him and Angelo Dawkins a huge countout win in the Championship Contender's Match against the Undisputed Tag Team Champions! Bobby Lashley knocked Theory out of the ring after being denied a United States Title match. However, before he could claim the dreaded Cervical Clutch, Rey attacked Mysterio to end the contest by disqualification and sending The Lion out of the ring. The Judgment Day welcomed new member Finn Bálor, The Judgment Day turned on Edge with a vicious attack. A day after Cedric Alexander helped Bobby Lashley toppled Omos and MVP at WWE Hell in a Cell, the Nigerian giant threw his superior opponent to the canvas for a quick end of the match. After failing at WWE Hell in a Cell against Kevin Owens, Ezekiel used incredible athleticism to pull off a huge victory over the massive Otis. After the match, Ezekiel then called out Owens and tricked his opponent into giving him a rematch by taking a page from KO's playbook and lying by saying he was Elias. Rhea Ripley met Riptide on Doudrop and reigned supreme over Doudrop, Alexa Bliss and Liv Morgan to earn the right to face Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair at WWE Money in the Bank.


The Judgment Day turns on Edge, gains new member

Finn Bálor became the newest member of The Judgment Day this week after joining the group and ousting Edge, writes Ryan Satin. (Author: Gardener)

EdgeFinn Bálor became the newest member of The Judgment Day this week after joining the group and ousting Edge. Welcome back to another Raw roundup, this time covering the June 6 edition of the show with Judgment Day's shock attack on Edge, Becky Lynch in a 24/7 title match and more episodes from Cody Rhodes' injury. Dana Brooke pinned Becky Lynch with help from Asuka to retain the 24/7 championship (which she won before the match) Rhea Ripley pinned Doudrop, Liv Morgan and Alexa Bliss to earn a title shot on Raw Women to Secure Money in the Bank Moment of the Night: The Judgment Day Kicks Edge Out Considering The Judgment Day has only been around since April, it's surprising to see that Edge has already been kicked out of his own group. However, with Rhodes out through injury, Raw is in dire need of top babyfaces and Edge is an easy pick to fill that spot while also highlighting Damian Priest, Ripley and Bálor as opponents. It doesn't matter that Edge has been offending fans lately. As for Bálor as the newest member, giving him his own faction is certainly an improvement on what he did. I only hope that the group will be shown the same level of dedication that they received with Edge as their leader. Best Match: Alexa Bliss vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Liv Morgan vs. It was a tough decision between this match and the tag team match, but the women's Fatal Four-way had a more satisfying ending. Ripley challenging Bianca Belair on Money in a Bank is also a solid program that will almost certainly yield entertaining results. Especially with Rhea as a clear outlet now. John Cena returned to Raw on June 27 to celebrate his 20th anniversary in WWE. Lingering question: Could Cody compete at Money in the Bank? Despite Corey Graves confirming that Cody will have surgery this week, Rhodes still teased the possibility of competing at Money in the Bank. I can't imagine this happening so soon after surgery. Don't forget to follow all your favorite WWE Superstars and shows on the FOX Sports app for notifications on what they're up to and more. Ryan Satin is a WWE Analyst for FOX Sports. Satin previously starred in FS1's "WWE Backstage" and founded Pro Wrestling Sheet, where he was the editor in chief, breaking the news.