A former WWE tag team has plans to return to the ring this year.
According to a Fightful Select report, Akam (real name Sunny Dhinsa) and Rezar (real name Gzim Selmani) have plans to wrestle again. Akam and Rezar were collectively known as the Authors of Pain in WWE.
The report states that the team has reached out to wrestlers about an event they are planning in Dubai this June. In addition to handling the promotion for the show, they also plan on wrestling but it’s not clear how much they plan on wrestling after that show.
The last time they wrestled on TV was on the 3/9/20 episode of Monday Night Raw. There were big plans for them as they were aligned with Seth Rollins before Rezar went down with an injury. At the time, there were reports that Executive Director of Raw Paul Heyman wanted to push them as the modern-day Road Warriors.
Dave Meltzer reported, “When Paul Heyman was there, Paul 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…”
Paul Ellering later stated in an interview that there were plans for him to return with AOP but the plans were put on hold because of Rezar’s injury.
Akam and Rezar were pushed as a top act when they were in NXT. They are former NXT Tag Team Champions and the winners of the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. After moving to the main roster, they won the Raw Tag Team Championship.