Paul Heyman and Triple H Wanted to Push AOP as Road Warrior Rip-Offs Before Their Release

WWE released Authors of Pain last week, which came as a huge shocker to the wrestling universe.

The AOP were primed for great things in the company but were unceremoniously terminated from their contract just two years into their main-roster career.

Akam and Rezar were a part of Seth Rollins’ heel faction earlier this year, which was seen as a major push for the former RAW Tag Champs.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that Paul Heyman was willing to push the duo as modern-day Road Warriors, which was similar to how Triple H viewed them back in NXT.

It was also noted that Rezar had recently received the green-light for an in-ring return, and the duo was set to return on WWE TV albeit without Rollins at their side.

“When Paul Heyman was there, Heyman wanted to make them his Road Warriors and Levesque did too because he even brought in Ellering for them and they were total Road Warrior rip-offs. It’s interesting that those two wanted to make them into Road Warriors and then Vince just decided whatever…”

AOP’s former manager, Paul Ellering, recently mentioned that he was supposed to reunite with the duo but it was shelved.

It will be interesting to see where the duo head next, with Impact and AEW being the most obvious options.