|The League of Nations|
Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio:
|Debuted||November 30, 2015|
|Disbanded||April 28, 2016|
The League of Nations is a villainous professional wrestling stable of international, non-American wrestlers in WWE. It is composed of leader Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, King Barrett, and Rusev (with Lana).
At Survivor Series, Sheamus won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Roman Reigns to win the title after Reigns had just beaten Dean Ambrose in the finals of a tournament to crown a champion following Seth Rollins vacating the belt due to injury. This led to a rematch between Sheamus and Reigns for the championship at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs and in the build-up to the match, Reigns repeatedly confronted Sheamus, who defended the title on the November 30 episode of Raw, but the championship match was interrupted by Alberto Del Rio (the then-United States Champion), King Barrett and Rusev. After the match, Sheamus announced that the four wrestlers, all born outside the United States, had formed "The League of Nations". In the group's debut match that same night, they teamed with the WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day to defeat Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and The Usos in a 7-on-4 handicap match.
On the December 3 episode of SmackDown, the entire League of Nations lost to Roman Reigns via count-out in the 4-on-1 handicap main event match. On the December 7 episode of Raw, The League Of Nations were involved in a 16-man fatal 4-way elimination tag team match against The Wyatt Family, The ECW Originals and the team of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and The Usos; the match culminated in Reigns pinning Sheamus.
While maintaining a group rivalry with Reigns and his allies, individual members of the League of Nations also feuded individually with other wrestlers during this period. Jack Swagger started a feud over Del Rio's United States Championship, while Rusev clashed with Ryback, who had interrupted the return of Rusev's valet Lana on Raw. Both of these rivalries culminated in matches at the TLC pay-per-view, where all of the League members successful in their separate singles matches, with Del Rio and Sheamus both retaining their championships (the latter needing help from his cohorts). Sheamus' WWE World Heavyweight Championship run came to an abrupt end the following night on Raw when he lost the championship back to Reigns, ending his reign at only 22 days.
On the January 4, 2016 episode of Raw, Sheamus failed to regain the title from Reigns with Vince McMahon as special guest referee. On the January 11, 2016, episode of Raw, Del Rio dropped the United States Championship to Kalisto, only to regain it the following day at the tapings for SmackDown after interference by Barrett. On January 24, at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Del Rio once again lost the championship to Kalisto, as well as rematch, which was contested in a two out of three falls match, on February 21 at Fastlane, which was unsuccessful.
At Fastlane, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day began mocking The League of Nations, calling them the "league of booty". They then continued to mock The League of Nations in various segments and skits while simultaneously feuding with other teams. The following night on Raw, The New Day defeated Del Rio and Rusev, prompting all four members of The League to attack The New Day after the match. The League of Nations then challenged The New Day to a match at WrestleMania 32, where they defeated The New Day. After the match, they were confronted and attacked by Mick Foley, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Shawn Michaels.
On the 4 April episode of Raw, Barrett and Sheamus faced The New Day in another tag team title match, in a losing effort. After the match, the League of Nations blamed Barrett for being the "weak link" and attacked him, ejecting him from the group, before the rest of the team was attacked by The Wyatt Family. The feud was suspended within a month due to Bray Wyatt suffering an injury, which led to Alberto Del Rio commenting that The League might separate soon as a result.
On the April 28 episode of SmackDown!, The League would compete in a six-man tag match against Sami Zayn, Kalisto and Cesaro, however, Del Rio and Rusev walked out during the match. Sheamus, who would do the same, confronted Del Rio and Rusev during a brawl, and said that the league is finished, confirming the end of the group. Del Rio would also confirm in an interview that the group was finished. On the May 2 episode of RAW! all three members of the former stable competed in the United States Championship number one contender match. Rusev won the match, and eliminated both Sheamus and Del Rio. He is set to face Kalisto for the United States Championship at Extreme Rules (2016)
- Finishing moves
- Alberto Del Rio
- Diving double foot stomp to an opponent held in the tree of woe
- Cross Armbreaker (Rolling armbar)
- King Barrett
- Bull Hammer
- The Accolade
- Brogue Kick
- Entrance themes
- "A League of Their Own" by Jim Johnston (December 10, 2015-present)