WWE Hall Of Famer Paul Ellering is known for being one of the greatest managers of all team, best known for managing The Road Warriors during their stints in AWA, NWA, NJPW, and WWE.
In 2016, Ellering returned to WWE, managing the Authors of Pain in NXT. Following AOP’s main roster call up in 2018, Ellering was relieved of his duties as manager of the team.
In a recent interview with The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast, Ellering spoke on his storied career, including his most recent sting in WWE, working alongside Akam and Rezar.
“I didn’t expect it at all. Triple H called me and ran through the idea with me. They flew me down to Orlando to meet the Authors of Pain and they are just two fantastic guys. As soon as I met them, I knew I wanted to manage them. I was there to lend them some credibility and help those guys get over, I think we accomplished that in the two years and had a great run in NXT.”
He also revealed WWE had plans on bringing him back in 2020, but that all changed once the global pandemic happened.
“Well, the idea was to bring me back in to manage them full time on Raw and go on the road with the Authors of Pain, but the pandemic happened. So with Covid going on, I’m not sure what happens next.”
Rezar of AOP suffered a torn right triceps on March 9, and has been on the injury list since. Akam has been pulled off television as well. It’s unknown if Ellering will return once both return to television.