“Peyton Royce Didn’t Look so Special”- Booker T on the WWE Release of the IIconics

Published 04/21/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


WWE has a history of undervaluing talent when they lack something special. Whether its wrestling prowess or charisma, WWE either sidelines a superstar completely or adds something to them, like a manager. With Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, WWE missed the plot completely. Does Booker T agree with this notion?

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Booker T reacts to Peyton Royce and Billie Kay’s release

Despite being a popular act and winning the Women’s Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania 35, WWE no longer required Peyton Royce and Billie Kay’s services. They received their marching orders after WrestleMania 37 as a part of the post PPV budget cuts.

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ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 30: WWE Wrestler Booker T attends WWE’s 4th annual WrestleMania art exhibit and auction at The Egyptian Ballroom at Fox Theatre on March 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

Their release sent shock waves across the industry, especially since Billie Kay’s comedy act achieved success and TV time, while Peyton Royce’s promo on Raw Talk granted her a title match against Asuka. On his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T reacted to the IIconics’ WWE release.

“For a minute it looked like they were ready to do something with Peyton Royce from a singles perspective. But I don’t know. When they broke the tag team up Peyton Royce didn’t look so special. Billie Kay stood out more than Peyton Royce, and I thought Peyton Royce was the one that was gonna go out and do some of stuff that I talked about.”

Co-host Brad Gilmore commented on how WWE did Peyton an injustice by taking her out of a tag team and putting her in another tag team with Lacey Evans. Booker T added to that, “As soon as the team [IIconics] broke up, she had a couple of singles matches but she just did not look like a superstar.”

What’s next for the IIconics?

Despite their moderately successful career in WWE, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay aren’t the hottest free agents in the industry. As crude as that might sound, both superstars will add some value to the promotion where they eventually end up.

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Peyton Royce is a terrific wrestler, and her style is like Serena Deeb, the current NWA Women’s Champion. Royce would make an excellent addition to the NWA women’s roster, and her matches with the likes of Serena Deeb, Thunder Rosa, Taryn Terrell and Kamile would bring the house down.

If the IIconics decide to stick together, they would be a fantastic addition to the IMPACT Knockout’s division. They would settle perfectly in the IMPACT zone and would have great matches with the current Knockout’s roster.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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