clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Are we finally done with WWE's Authority angle?

The Authority was born back at SummerSlam 2013, when guest referee Triple H turned on new WWE champ Daniel Bryan and ushered his hand-picked "Face of the WWE", Randy Orton and his Money in the Bank briefcase into the ring.

Over the course of the next two and three-quarters years, the faction/kayfabe decision makers have held and lost titles, punished wrestlers who didn't follow their lead and even been ousted for a short time, but through it all, they've been the primary antagonists of WWE's title scene and biggest Raw angles.

At WrestleMania 32 and its follow-up, the April 4 Raw, the Creative direction looked to be moving away from the Trips & Stephanie McMahon-led Authority, however. The Game lost the title and Steph ate a Spear in Mania's main event. Vince McMahon kept control of Raw from his son Shane, but that wasn't the angle they were pushing on Sunday, and it was laughed off on Monday night when the Chairman let the younger McMahon run things even though he lost to Undertaker.

New WWE World Heavyweight champ Roman Reigns saw his next challenger selected with only the slightest involvement of Shane O'Mac, who's influence was silently to debut a bunch of folks from NXT.

Announcers Michael Cole, JBL & Byron Saxton made it clear that Shane's rule was only for one week, but there are signs that even if he leaves, the Authority won't return.

reddit user Falcon Arrow, who frequented the Squared Circle section of that site and was usually right in predicting WWE's moves, leading fans to conclude he had inside knowledge of creative plans (before he recently mysteriously deleted his account following an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session) said of the Authority:

From what I know they are going bye bye for a while very soon.

WWE's website is also running a poll asking about the job Shane did last night, hinting that the Authority could stay away - something users of all stripes look to be in favor of:

WWE never stays away from "evil authority figure" or McMahon-centric stories for long, but we may be in for a break, at least.

Steph and Triple H are advertised at the venue for next week's Raw from Staples Center in Los Angeles, but it's conceiveable that is to tie up storyline loose ends, or "card subject to change".

Excited for a break? Or do you think the Authority are going to be with us for a long time to come?

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Cageside Seats Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your pro wrestling news from Cageside Seats