Ever since they debuted in the WWE in 2013, The Authority have quickly become one of the most powerful and dominant stables in the history of professional wrestling. When they screwed Daniel Bryan out of the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, little did we know it would lead to almost a year of pure dominance from Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and company. The Authority gained enormous heat by constantly screwing Daniel Bryan out of the WWE Championship, stripping him of it after a win over Orton at Night of Champions. At Hell in a Cell, Shawn Michaels sided with his best friend Triple H over his former protege Daniel Bryan. The Authority kept Bryan out of last year's Royal Rumble and Kane cost him at Elimination Chamber. Bryan finally conquered them with a WrestleMania win over Triple H, followed by his WWE Championship victory, but The Authority has continued to foil babyfaces aspirations on the roster.
The initial few months of the stable's existence were relatively calm in terms of people leaving and joining. It seemed for a long time that Randy Orton, Kane, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were set, but the numbers have started to alter in recent months. Orton left after effectively being beaten out of the group (leading to his face turn), whilst Seth Rollins has arrived as a mega star in WWE thanks to his role with The Authority.
We've even seen guys like Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury return to WWE TV and join The Authority, with their dominance likely to continue as we head towards WrestleMania 31. With some big pay-per-view shows on the horizon over the next few months, there is a serious possibility of more people turning their allegiance towards The Authority, as the WWE roll with one of their most effective storylines over the last few years. The question is, which stars are more likely to join The Authority? Here are the ten currently in the WWE who could switch before WrestleMania.
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10 Mark Henry
The World's Strongest Man has currently classed as inactive, given how he hasn't competed for over 30 days. His last appearance came at Survivor Series, when he was promptly knocked out of the main event less than a minute after the opening bell rang. It would be wise to assume that Henry is on his way back in time for the WrestleMania season, and whilst a face turn could be a possibility, it's more likely that Henry aligns himself with The Authority once more. It could also mean a potential reunion for Big Show and Henry as a tag team, which seemed to have some shoots of promise last year.
9 Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens has ripped his way through the field in NXT, and is now locked in a story line with NXT Champion Sami Zayn, after a pretty impressive heel turn just after Zayn won the title from Adrian Neville. With the pace he's gathering behind his push, it seems likely that a push up to the main roster could happen sooner, rather than later. Perhaps the Royal Rumble may see Owens make his debut on the main roster, and with his impressive ability inside the ring, perhaps a role with The Authority as NXT Champion could be a neat angle.
8 Erick Rowan
When he split from The Wyatt Family late last year, Erick Rowan seemed to be in for a pretty decent push as a babyface. He quickly aligned himself with Team Cena at Survivor Series, but the return of The Authority saw Rowan lose his job. As a result of Cena's victory over The Authority on RAW, Rowan was reinstated. However on SmackDown, Rowan lost his Royal Rumble qualifying match to Luke Harper. Given his unfavorable positioning, he could he be tempted to join forces with Luke Harper once again? The two have gone off the boil a little since their departure from Bray Wyatt, and it could give the tag team division some fresh impetus. Rowan's push seems to have deflated a little and his character doesn't really have a direction.
7 Bad News Barrett
Fans of Bad News Barrett have to be delighted to see the Englishman get his hands on the Intercontinental Championship again, not long after his return from injury. After all, he never technically lost it, having had to relinquish the championship due to that injury that put him on the sidelines for several months. So, given how he's quickly gotten his championship back, could a further push be in store with The Authority? There's certainly a sense of injustice given how Barrett has never been a major champion in the WWE, perhaps a run alongside Triple H could put all that right. It would make sense, as Barrett received a huge assist from Kane in regaining his title, so it would make sense for him to align with the company's most powerful group.
We've seen glimpses of Rusev flirting with The Authority, most notably at Survivor Series, when the United States Champion was part of Team Authority at the event late last year. But since then, he's seemed to go back to working on his own, with the exception of Lana alongside him, of course. Given how his title reign has gone somewhat stale in recent weeks, perhaps the WWE might decide to give him a shot in the arm by having him re-align himself with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and company. There are plenty of enemies The Authority want to be rid of, including Ziggler, Bryan, Reigns and most notably, Cena.
Ryback actually teased joining forces with The Authority late last year, before eventually joining Team Cena at Survivor Series, helping them to get the win. But there's always an element of uncertainty surrounding the best direction for Ryback, with a heel turn and joining forces with The Authority a possibility heading into WrestleMania season. The only stumbling block here is that many feel Ryback hasn't yet lived up to his potential as a babyface - but has that ship well and truly sailed?
The case of Sheamus is an interesting one, not least when you consider he's on the sidelines injured at the moment. The Irishman is out of action, but could potentially make a return to the company in time for WrestleMania, possibly even this Sunday's Royal Rumble, which begs the question: how will the WWE bring him back successfully? It's been a long time since Sheamus worked as a heel, and that was arguably his best stuff, especially when he burst onto the scenes and fought Triple H at WrestleMania. He's gotten really stale as a babyface, as the happy, go-lucky Irishman character has never really caught fire. Would the Irish brawler be the perfect fit for The Authority as they look to strengthen their numbers?
3 Paul Heyman
This is certainly a controversial pick, but in truth, Paul Heyman is no stranger to controversy. He's been known to turn on Brock Lesnar in the past, and with The Authority keen for Seth Rollins to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, will Paul Heyman help to make it happen? Having Heyman turn on Lesnar to cost him the championship would open up all sorts of opportunities for the WWE's writing team, and it would also give fans a Brock Lesnar face turn in the process. Heyman's history as a manager has been to back the hot hand, and to be as underhanded as possible.
Ever since WrestleMania XXX last year, WWE fans have been chomping at the bit for Cesaro to get his push. However, it just hasn't come about, and it's going to need a serious change of direction for Cesaro to get hoisted up the card as a certified solo superstar. Therefore, could a move with The Authority be the thing that gives his career the kick it needs? He's currently teaming with Tyson Kidd at the behest of Adam Rose. When Cesaro won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal last year, would we have been pleased if we knew he'd be at this point 10 months later? There's no doubting Cesaro's talent, he just needs the chance to show what he can do on a weekly basis. Having him join The Authority would be the perfect platform for that.
1 Dolph Ziggler
As we've seen over the last few months, Dolph Ziggler has become a bit of a primary target for The Authority. They tried to get him to turn on Team Cena on numerous occasions leading up to Survivor Series, something many expected to happen at the event itself. However, Ziggler was the hero, and became even more popular as a face following that event. But the more popular Ziggler becomes, the more possible it is that the WWE could execute a major turn for one of their biggest talents. Having Ziggler turn on Cena would be absolutely enormous, and a return to Ziggler working as a heel would keep his career incredibly fresh. The only question is, would the fans be prepared to boo Ziggler?
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