The Authority of Triple H and on-stage (as well as real life) wife, Stephanie McMahon made their triumphant return to WWE Raw last week in emphatic fashion. After “Mr. Money in the Bank” Seth Rollins threatened to utilize his finishing “curb stomp” on Edge, John Cena reinstated The Authority (Rollins curb stomped Edge regardless).
The Authority had their power removed after their team lost at Survivor Series in November. After that monumental loss, many believed that The Authority would be absent from television for a long period of time. After their return, the same group of pundits thought that it was the WWE’s creative team making a rash decision to act fast and bring the faction back. However, the Wrestling Observer reports that the WWE had planned on bringing The Authority back soon after all.
The Authority was first brought to an end mainly from the help of “The Vigilante” Sting. Rumors have been circulating that Sting was going to make an appearance at the Royal Rumble at the end of January to further his feud with the Authority and mainly to build his previously reported match with Triple H at WrestleMania 31. At this time, there are no current plans in place that link Sting to the event again according to the Wrestling Observer.
The match between Sting and Triple H at WrestleMania is still said to be the plan. The former consensus idea was to have Sting take on The Undertaker, but those plans have been scrapped as the WWE has now set Bray Wyatt to take on Taker instead.
There has also been a ton of talk that former multi-time WWE champion, Kurt Angle would return to the company after being in TNA for so long, possibly competing in the Royal Rumble (since it will be held in his hometown of Pittsburgh). Angle signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action a little over a week ago to put those rumors to bed.
It was reported that the WWE had no interest in signing him to an in-ring deal, but that the offer will forever remain for Angle to be an NXT coach on basically anything else not involving in-ring action.