In an electrifying turn of events, the WWE's tag team landscape was shaken to its core on the latest episode of "WWE SmackDown." The formidable duo of Akam and Rezar, better known as the Authors of Pain (AOP), made a momentous return, reigniting their dominance in the WWE universe.
Accompanied by WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering, their return was marked by a stunning display of strength and strategy, aligning themselves with Karrion Kross and Scarlett. The episode, already buzzing with anticipation, reached a fever pitch during the "All Mighty New Year" segment featuring Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits.
In a twist that left fans and competitors alike in shock, Kross and Scarlett made a dramatic entrance, setting the stage for a brutal ambush. The AOP, true to their reputation, launched a surprise attack on Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins, showcasing their raw power and tactical acumen.
The beatdown culminated in a Super Collider from AOP, clearing the way for Kross to land a devastating slam on Lashley, leaving the WWE audience in awe of the sheer force on display.
AOP's Anticipated Return
The speculation about AOP's return had been a topic in the WWE community throughout 2023.
Teases of their comeback peppered WWE programming, notably on the December 22 episode of "SmackDown," where they were cryptically referred to as "authors" in connection with Kross. The duo's quiet re-signing with WWE in August 2022 added to the mystery surrounding their absence, leaving fans questioning the reasons behind the year-and-a-half hiatus.
Akam and Rezar are no strangers to WWE glory, having achieved significant milestones in their careers. They are celebrated as one-time "NXT" Tag Team Champions, winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, and one-time WWE Raw Tag Team Champions.
Their last appearance before this stunning return was on the March 9, 2020 episode of "WWE Raw," where they helped Buddy Matthews and Seth Rollins secure a victory against The Viking Raiders and the Street Profits, the latter of whom they confronted again in their latest appearance.
This unexpected alliance of AOP with Karrion Kross and Scarlett has sent ripples through the WWE universe, promising a new era of dominance and intrigue in the tag team division. Fans are now eagerly anticipating the next move of this formidable alliance, as they redefine the dynamics of power and competition in WWE.