When a stable or faction is created in professional wrestling, there is usually a good reason. The Four Horsemen was created to help protect world champion “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and Evolution was created to protect Triple H. The Shield was created to push three new stars, including Roman Reigns, and The Wyatt Family was created to push Bray Wyatt.
Interestingly, Wade Barrett did a recent interview with Wrestle Zone Radio and explained why the WWE created the League of Nations. While some thought that it was to push the four wrestlers who were stagnant at the time, others thought that it was to help elevate one of the stars to main event status. It turns out that it was neither of those reasons.
Barrett said that the only reason the WWE formed the League of Nations was to put over Roman Reigns. Barrett said that it wasn’t the four wrestlers trying to get over. It was just Sheamus coming out and talking, and no one else was showing their charisma. At the end of the day, they were just “foils for Roman Reigns.”
According to Barrett, the League of Nations was there to help Roman Reigns with his WrestleMania push. That was clear from a number of items.
— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) August 10, 2016
For one thing, the WWE wanted Roman Reigns to be the next big world champion and win it at WrestleMania from Triple H. Sheamus was a transitional champion with the Money in the Bank briefcase, and League of Nations helped him win the title and hold onto it. That led into the match where Roman Reigns beat Sheamus for the title, only to lose it to Triple H at the end of the Royal Rumble.
The Royal Rumble was a major key in that story, where the Authority did everything they could to help make life hell for Roman Reigns. The League of Nations beat down Reigns at the Royal Rumble and weakened him. Finally, Triple H was the final entrant, and he came to the ring and eliminated Roman for the win and the title.
— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) August 9, 2016
The League of Nations continued to help Triple H with his goal of beating down and weakening Roman Reigns to hopefully make Roman more sympathetic to the fans who had turned on him. Finally, Reigns beat Triple H for the title at WrestleMania, and that seemed to be the entire purpose of the League of Nations.
Once they were finished helping push Roman Reigns to the WWE world title match, the League of Nations was rewarded with a win over The New Day in a three-man tag team match at WrestleMania, but then it was soon over with after that.
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The League of Nations beat down their own teammate Wade Barrett, kicking him out of the group after he suffered a loss. In reality, Barrett watched his contract come to an end and chose to leave the WWE. After that, Sheamus, Rusev, and Alberto Del Rio remained heels, but they turned on each other and went their separate ways.
It was clear that the League of Nations’ course had run, and that was just about putting over Roman Reigns. The sad thing is that, as the Inquisitr previously reported, the Roman Reigns push was a failure, and he has been demoted back to the mid-card. At the end of the day, they were a footnote and never had the effect that four wrestlers with their pedigree should have had. Wade Barrett understands that.
“You really want to be dominant along the lines of The Shield, The Nexus or something like that… at least The Nexus at first. We had a natural charisma together but it felt like we had very few segments to display that.”
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