REPORT: Former Raw Tag-Team Champions being heavily discussed for a WWE return

Brace yourselves for another epic return to WWE. The current discussions are heading towards an anticipated comeback of the former Raw Tag-Team Champions.


REPORT: Former Raw Tag-Team Champions being heavily discussed for a WWE return

Triple H is Adamant on making WWE great once again (Image Credits: WWE)

Since Triple H took over WWE creatively, a lot of sincere hirings has already been made. Putting more emphasis on the previously released NXT Superstars, The Cerebral Assassin has pledged to place them back in the limelight. Adding another name to that list for bringing back released superstars, WWE has had discussions to rehire the Authors of Pain, with Paul Ellering, according to Fightful Select.

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As known, they were a dominant tag team during NXT’s Black & Gold era. Despite their monstrous built, the AOP consisting of Akam and Rezar moved with cat-like agility during most of their matches. These two superhumans were involved in a cataclysmic WarGames match, although in a losing effort to The Undisputed Era, back in 2017. After having a solid showing in NXT alongside their legendary manager Paul Ellering, they got promoted to the main-roster.

However, that move took Ellering away from AOP. He got replaced with Drake Maverick, in a move that received significant criticism. The fans believed that AOP’s pairing with Paul Ellering was perfect and needed to continue forward as well. That didn’t stop Akam and Rezar from car-crashing their opponents, as they became Raw Tag-Team Champions with any assistance from Road Warriors’ former manager.

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Authors of Pain received a significant push on WWE Raw

The Authors of Pain with Seth Rollins on WWE Raw
The Authors of Pain with Seth Rollins on WWE Raw (Image Credits: Bleacher Report)

After getting familiar with the main-roster audience and recovering from a career-threatening injury scare, the AOP once again re-emerged on the September 16, 2019 episode of Raw. Few months later, they were paired alongside Seth Rollins. For months, the trio became a prime staple on Monday nights, which later saw the inclusion of Buddy Murphy in the fray.

In a first-ever first fight, AOP and Seth Rollins defeated Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens and The Big Show on the first Raw episode of 2020. Buddy Murphy, who was sitting at the ringside, played a spoilsport to determine the outcome of that match in the favor of heels. In the unprecedented turn of events, he aligned himself with that intimidating trio.

That entire creative process was put in motion by Paul Heyman, who was the acting executive director for the red brand, at that point. However, just when everything was going perfect, Covid-19 pandemic messed it up. The AOP got disappeared from WWE television without any valid reason, until they were eventually handed their releases from the company.

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