The League of Nations came in with a bang but will leave with little more than a whimper. Earlier this week, the Inquisitr reported that Alberto Del Rio even admitted to the group's failures and that they would be disbanding very soon. Del Rio conducted an interview in Spanish and revealed that Bray Wyatt's injury was the last straw for the faction.
The Inquisitr roughly translated his responses with the crux of his responses, which read as follows.
"Actually we will not do anything else with The Wyatt Family because there are so many injuries within the company. We as a group have never worked very well, so we decided that it is better to separate."
The League of Nations and The Wyatt Family were originally penciled in to compete in a six-man tag team match at Payback this Sunday. But with Bray injuring himself during the European tour, the angle was scrapped altogether and fans haven't seen or heard from the remaining healthy members, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman, since.
The League of Nations were reduced to three members the same night the Wyatt Family angle began when Sheamus, Del Rio, and Rusev removed the weak link from their group in the form of King Barrett. The subtraction of Barrett was of little surprise to the fan base, however, as it became public that he wasn't re-signing with WWE when his contract expired in June.
But now, the League of Nations is no longer. According to a spoiler report from Wrestling Inc., Del Rio, Rusev, and Sheamus squared off against Sami Zayn, Cesaro, and Kalisto on this week's episode of SmackDown. As it turns out, Del Rio and Rusev walked out on the Celtic Warrior during the match, leaving Sheamus to fend for himself. The match ended with a count-out victory for the babyfaces as either Del Rio or Rusev had to have been the legal man.
When the League of Nations was first formed, it looked like they could have been a formidable heel faction capable of generating tons of heat from the WWE audiences. Sheamus was the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Del Rio was the United States Champion, and Rusev and Barrett (former champions in their own right) provided muscle with name recognition. It then became clear that Sheamus was a transitional champion designed to help in the process of making Roman Reigns the company's top babyface.
Even worse, the League of Nations was also created to help make sure everyone on the roster had a spot at WrestleMania. And while the League actually won their match against The New Day, it was just another setup, this time for WWE Hall-of-Famers Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin to make their surprise appearances and beat down the stable. It just never seemed like there were any long-term plans for the League of Nations as a collective unit.
Kicking out King Barrett was a way to even the numbers against The Wyatt Family since the Eater of Worlds and company had recently lost Luke Harper to injury. But again, that program was designed to help The Wyatts get over as a babyface faction. Whatever the result of that feud, and however long it lasted, it looked like the League of Nations' days were numbered regardless.
Del Rio indicated in that same interview that he was now focused on targeting the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. No word on if any of them will be turning babyface as a result of this split. On RAW, we saw a reunion of sorts between Rusev and Lana, who had not been together on camera for quite some time. Rusev, Sheamus, and Del Rio all lost singles matches that night without a hint of help from one another.
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