The first few months of Paul 'Triple H' Levesque's run as head of WWE creative were characterised by a slew of signings, as 'The Game' moved to bring back dozens of wrestlers cast aside by the previous regime, including Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, and more.
Amongst the wrestlers discussed for a potential comeback (that hasn't ended up happening yet) were Akam and Rezar, the Authors of Pain.
Fightful Select reports that WWE has talked about bringing AOP back, with their original manager, Paul Ellering, also part of that conversation. How close this came to happening is unclear, though Authors of Pain coming back to the promotion was at least discussed.
Akam and Rezar were released from their WWE contracts in September 2020, having effectively been on hiatus since Rezar was injured that March. Neither has wrestled since.
The closest AOP have come to reviving their wrestling careers was last summer, when they announced their intentions to return as Legion of Pain. Additionally, the duo were to launch the ill-fated Wrestling Entertainment Series promotion in Nottingham, England, though a slew of talent cancellations led to those plans being scrapped. High-profile names like Nia Jax and Lana all dropped out - and there has been no word on a revival for WES.