The League of Nations came together at the end of November 2015 with Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Rusev, and King Barrett as their members.
The group debuted during the build up towards The Celtic Warrior's WWE World Heavyweight Championship defense against Roman Reigns at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, helping him beat down The Big Dog on Raw and SmackDown.
Sheamus wasn't the only champion in the stable at the time, as Del Rio was the United States Champion as well, and he successfully defended that title against Jack Swagger at TLC, before losing it to Kalisto in the new year. He regained it back, only to lose it less than two weeks later once more to the Lucha Dragon tag team member, and then failed to gain it at Fastlane.
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Since then, the League of Nations has feuded with The New Day in an attempt to gain the WWE Tag Team Championship at Roadblock but were unsuccessful. They followed up with another attempt after WrestleMania 32 but lost as King Barrett was pinned. The group then decided it was the British superstar who was the weak link, and they removed him from the stable after a beat down.
Now it looks like Sheamus, Rusev, and Del Rio could be feuding with The Wyatt Family at Payback on May 1, although that match hasn't been confirmed. However, recent reports have suggested the stable might not be around for much longer.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Wrestling Inc: "WWE officials are planning on breaking up The League of Nations soon. No word yet on what they have planned for Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio or Rusev but apparent King Barrett's dismissal from the group was the beginning of the end."
It really comes as no surprise that this is happening, as the stable has been floating around without any real booking direction as a whole for quite some time. They weren't realistically going to dethrone The New Day as the tag team champions because that group was so hot right at that point with the WWE Universe.
If anything, the stable has actually damaged the superstars as single competitors, as Sheamus has become a guy who just puts people over once more, and Del Rio and Rusev have lost their 'WOW' factors that made them such pulls with certain sections of the WWE Universe. Calling Rusev, The Bulgarian Brute feels weird, as WWE hasn't booked him to be portrayed in such a way recently.
He's a long way away from the superstar that once went undefeated in the WWE for quite some time. The split simply feels like damage limitation right now, so that they can all be built up as single competitors once more, which is where they all work best.
The League of Nations had some promise, but it has ended up doing more harm than good for Sheamus, Del Rio, Rusev, and Barrett.