WWE released the Authors Of Pain from their WWE contracts, and this was a bit of a shocking move. Rezar had just healed up from an injury, and it appeared that he was going to get back to action. Then they were cut.
The thought of the former RAW Tag Team Champions ending up in AEW is a possibility. QT Marshall might have something to say about it, and he does have the ear of some pretty powerful people in All Elite Wrestling.
During Talk Is Jericho, QT Marshall revealed that he refused to work an NXT match against AOP. He spoke with William Regal about things and QT still refused to work with Akam and Rezar.
“I had surgery on my neck, had two discs fused up. I went back to do more extra work. I spoke to Regal and he said ‘You’re kind of a liability.’ I got booked as an extra for NXT and they wanted me to work with the Authors of Pain, and I said no. I didn’t have anything to lose except my life and career.”
“They’re super big, and it was two-on-one, me and another extra versus one guy. He had already hurt somebody — Anthony Bowens — he powerbombed one onto Bowens’ head. I said to him, ‘What moves do you think you’re going to do to us.’ He said, ‘What does it matter?’ I was just curious. He said, ‘I’ll probably do this, powerbomb the other guy onto you, DVD you guys.’ I looked at, looked at Scotty 2 Hotty [agent for the match] and was like, ‘Nope, not doing it. I had this neck surgery.’ It turned into ‘don’t take the booking then.’ I was like, ‘you don’t even have to pay me. I’ll drive back to Atlanta and be okay with it. Don’t ever book me again, we tried, I’ll get in the ring with anyone else. Put me with guys who aren’t going to hurt me.’”
“The kid who took my place got hurt. Matt Bloom told me they picked me because I could sell. I said, ‘I’m gonna take these moves, get up, be okay, and make $200 or I’m never going to walk away and make $200.’ It wasn’t worth it.”
QT Marshall might have been hurt if he agreed to work with AOP. Anthony Bowens, who was hurt by AOP, ended up in AEW as well. You can check out that match below.
The story might not be over for AOP. They haven’t appeared anywhere since WWE released them in September.
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