We haven’t seen much of The Authors Of Pain since they made their debut in April. The main speculation has been that WWE hasn’t found anything for them to do but it turns out that their absence has nothing to do with creative issues.
On the latest REWIND-A-SMACKDOWN podcast, John Pollock gave an update on why they have disappeared from live events and TV.
One of the members of the team had a visa issue but it has been cleared up so they can return to action. They could have been on Raw this week but there was no need for them to be there since they are focused on the B-Team vs. Matt Hardy/Bray Wyatt feud and they are focusing on getting Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler over as a team, even though there have been subtle teases on them eventually breaking up.
WWE management doesn’t want AOP to be a team on the level of Heath Slater and Rhyno so they are going to bring them back when they have something good for them so they can get over.
On the Takeover: Chicago II conference call, Triple H said that it was not his call to remove Paul Ellering as their manager but he hopes to include Ellering in NXT again when the right opportunity comes along. Ellering is still listed on the WWE.com Superstars page.