The coronavirus pandemic ruined a lot of plans throughout WWE. One of those scrapped plans involved a return of Paul Ellering, but that wasn’t in the cards.
While speaking to Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling, Paul Ellering revealed that WWE almost brought him back to be AOP’s manager. That idea was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Akam and Rezar previously had Ellering as their manager in NXT. They kicked him to the curb when they made their main roster jump. It sounds like WWE was ready to bring the legendary manager back, but that wasn’t in the cards once COVID-19 hit.
“The idea was to bring me back in, but then this Corona stuff came up. Then the guys got hurt and they were out a while, so everything got put on the back shelf and I don’t know where it sits now.”
“WWE asked if I would fly down to Orlando and talk about it. After I met Rezar and Akam, the Authors of Pain, then I knew I wanted to do it because they are two terrific young men. The best of the best. I wanted to do it to help them. We had a good run for 2 years. It was fun. I really enjoyed being around all the young people there. I would fly down for TV and maybe an extra date to do interviews so I never had to be on the road.”
Perhaps WWE can circle back around to the idea of bringing Paul Ellering back to the company. AOP could always use him once they get back to action. This is just another one of the many plans that we didn’t get to see come to fruition due to the coronavirus.