With John Cena gearing up for a third in-ring war against Brock Lesnar, Stephanie McMahon offered the 15-time World Champion something near-unprecedented since The Authority took power: a cease-fire. Having been well and duly impressed by Cena’s performance inside Hell in a Cell — and with Randy Orton having broken rank earlier in the night — the corporate power extended the Cenation leader a spot as their Survivor Series team captain in lieu of further conflict. With the proposal, she hinted that Cena’s compliance could lead to an Authority-guaranteed victory over The Conqueror and a record-tying 16th World Title.
It was a tantalizing offer that the Cenation leader unsurprisingly shot down. So with an armistice out of the question, Triple H instead made the battle lines official, proclaiming that Cena would need to assemble a team to battle an Authority-selected squadron of “the future” in an official Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match.