New WWE Faction Coming To SmackDown

WWE SmackDown logo over blurred Karrion Kross

WWE SmackDown could be about to see a powerful new force on its roster as Karrion Kross and Scarlett could be joined by some like-minded individuals.

It may not seem that Karrion Kross and Scarlett have done too much of note on the WWE roster since their return to the company in 2022 but Kross may have had more influence than people realised.

On SmackDown in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a vignette aired of Kross discussing his dealings with other WWE stars such as Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre, and Shinsuke Nakamura and how they have changed since facing off with the mysterious star.

Kross then noted that history cannot be recorded without scribes, or without authors, as it seems he and Scarlett are about to be joined by a returning tag team.

Authors of Pain Set For WWE Return

The vignette showed the shadows of two large figures with one smaller figure in the centre. This looked very much like former Raw Tag Team Champions Akam and Rezar – The Authors of Pain – and their manager in NXT Paul Ellering.

AOP found success in NXT, winning the NXT Tag Team Championship with Ellering in their corner, but when they moved to WWE’s main roster, Ellering did not move with them. They were released by WWE in September 2020.

The Authors of Pain and Paul Ellering were expected to return to WWE soon according to a report but it now looks like fans know that their future will be aligned with Karrion Kross and Scarlett when they do.