The Iiconics were among the stars released by WWE on April 15, 2021. It came as a shock to fans and to the duo as well.
In a recent interview with Busted Open Radio, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce opened up about their reaction to their releases. Kay and Royce both said they were shocked by the news with Royce going as far as to say WWE never understood them. Kay said:
“I wish I knew, to be honest, when I say it was a total shock, I had no idea. When I got the phone call, I thought it was in regards to something else. When I heard those words, ‘we’re going to release you,’ my heart dropped. I was shocked and heartbroken. I didn’t have answers and I don’t think I’m going to get answers. At the moment, I’m trying to have peace with that.”
Peyton Royce added:
“It was a shock. Obviously, they do the budget cuts once a year but they hadn’t done it in a while and I thought last year was purely because of the pandemic. I didn’t see it coming and maybe I should have because I was doing nothing since they split us. I was laying in the middle of a massage, my husband told me to check my phone, I checked it and was like, ‘Yup, I’m done.’ Jumped off the bed and I realized what was going down. Complete shock and I feel like I’m still going through waves where one day I’ll feel free and excited for the opportunities and other days I wonder like, ‘I just don’t understand.’ I don’t think there’s much of a reason other than cuts had to be made.
“I feel like creative never understood us. When we first came in, Vince really loved our first promo and was like, ‘Give them a microphone every week.’ Thank the lord because not many people get that opportunity and it’s such a good way for the audience to get to know you and understand who you are. I know Vince enjoyed it but I don’t think creative understood it and they wanted to send us in a direction that was fine, but I’m not sure they understood what we see for ourselves. When they split us, it was like, ‘we understand us less.'”
The Iiconics were brought up to the WWE main roster after WrestleMania 34. They were portrayed as a comedy team in NXT and on the main roster but did go on to win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 35.
They were unceremoniously broken up on the Raw after Payback 2020 with neither wrestler being used in a prominent role afterward.
Their no-compete clauses are set to expire on July 14. After that, they are able to wrestle for any promotion they choose.