The Authority is a Power Stable in WWE led by WWE COO Triple H. Their goal is to make life miserable for babyface wrestlers (especially Daniel Bryan, The Big Show, and to a lesser extent, Cody Rhodes and Goldust). Their claims of doing this is supposedly because it's "best for business."Formed the day after SummerSlam 2013 in which Triple H pedigreed Bryan after Bryan defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship and allowing Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to become the WWE Champion. The apparent members of the group at that point, not including Triple H and Stephanie McMahon included the three members of The Shield as their enforcers. They also attempted to strongarm The Big Show to do their bidding as a result of Show being apparently broke, but that changed when Big Show no longer wanting to follow The Authority's orders.Since then, the Authority has made life a living nightmare for WWE Superstars who have rebelled against them by putting them in handicap matches and even "fired" Rhodes after Rhodes lost to Orton on the September 2, 2013 episode of RAW.Definitely not to be confused with the superhero team The Authority.
These tropes about The Authority are best for business:
Arch-Enemy: Daniel Bryan, Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, and other babyfaces.
Arc Words: "Best for business," it being the mantra of the group.
Bad Boss: Mostly Triple H, but Stephanie McMahon has her moments, too.
Even Brad Maddox and Vickie Guerrero aren't safe from the power couple's wrath; for losing control of Raw one week, Maddox got fed to Randy Orton and Vickie was forced into a match with Divas Champ AJ Lee, who hasn't forgotten how Vickie had her ousted as Raw GM.
Berserk Button: Insulting Triple H would get you a 3 on 1 handicap match versus The Shield.
Second-guessing his actions probably isn't smart either. After his Feb. 5, 2014 interview with Michael Cole, where Cole was skeptical about the "internal investigations" Triple H performs (which never really resolve the matter at hand, at least not fairly), Triple H had some "choice" words for Cole.
Bigger Bad: Vince McMahon, whose obviously the owner of WWE and HHH's boss, and HHH turned heel in the first place to get on Vince's good side. However oddly he hasn't been on TV since the group was formed, and isn't actual a member, hence why he's this and not the usual direct Big Bad.
Big Damn Heroes: The 9/16/13 episode of WWE Raw saw a group of midcard faces rescue Daniel Bryan from being brutally beat down by Randy Orton and The Shield.
Blatant Lies: Triple H claimed the reason he kept Daniel Bryan out of the Rumble match was because he didn't want to "risk Bryan's health" after his war with Bray Wyatt. Bryan immediately called him out on his bullcrap, claiming someone who was looking out for his health and welfare wouldn't have allowed him to be constantly placed in gauntlet matches and 3-on-1 handicap matches against The Shield and The Wyatt Family.
Despite Randy Orton being the Authority's handpicked champion, they've shown very little patience for some of his antics, and were especially upset when he relapsed into his old habit of beating the crap out of John Cena's father.
Stephanie and Triple H seem to float somewhere between this and White and Grey Morality sporadically. One show, they might allow The Shield to beat someone like Daniel Bryan to a pulp over a petty disagreement, and the next, they'll actually force Kane (basically their personal pawn) to apologize to CM Punk (who had made a habit of verbally victimizing Triple H and Stephanie for years). Their actions also have logical basis behind them at times, but then it's usually subverted by the fact that despite making sense, they were also being hypocritical or underhanded in some way.
Face-Heel Turn: Triple H and Randy Orton. Triple after he pedigreed Bryan which allowed Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase at the 2013 SummerSlam. Kane also turned heel by aligning himself with the group, revealing a new suit-and-tie appearance in the process.
Fan Nickname: Before being officially referred to by WWE as "The Authority," the group was nicknamed "The New Corporation" by fans.
Kick the Dog: A specialty of just about everyone who's a member of the stable.
Knight Templar: Their purpose is to ensure that what happens in WWE is "best for business," even if it includes screwing fan favorites like Daniel Bryan over and punishing superstars who have issues with such decisions.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Yes, good job firing Big Show, cause now he'd hit rock bottom and had nothing left to lose, so now he could invade your programming all he wants without any restrictions. Oops.
Orcus on His Throne: You can sense there are times where Triple H wants to lose the tie and suit and handle "problems" like Daniel Bryan on his own, but for the most part since Stephanie handed down her edict of management keeping their hands off superstars, he settles for sicking The Shield on them.
Sink or Swim Mentor: Not unlike his role to Randy Orton in Evolution, Triple H acts the same here for Orton in a more official capacity, expecting the best out of him both in and out of the ring as the anointed "Face of the WWE," a prime example being the proverbial "gauntlet" Hunter set up for Randy where he faces each of his five opponents in the Elimination Chamber match in singles matches.
The Inspector Is Coming: Played with. Triple H has claimed a number of times that "internal investigations" have been conducted to help resolve accusations directed at WWE Management and those tied to the Authority. However, 9 time out of 10, the resolution of said "investigation" often benefits Triple H and the Authority. The other 1 time, he usually just throws the Shield (and possibly the Wyatts) out to divert the attention of those Superstars making the accusations.
Wild Card: The Wyatt Family appears to be this for the Authority. There are times where they benefit Triple H and company, like apparently indoctrinating Kane enough that he submitted his monstrous services to the Authority upon his return, as well as keeping Daniel Bryan out of their hair for a number of months. Other times, their efforts backfire, such as the January, 28 2014 Raw, where The Wyatts' interference in the six-man main event lead to a DQ victory for Bryan, John Cena & Sheamus over The Shield, the winning trio gaining entrance into the WWE World Title Elimination Chamber match while Ambrose, Rollins & Reigns were seething.