If you happened to tune in to the highly anticipated Superstar Shake-Up editions of Raw and SmackDown Live last week, I’m sorry to tell you it was largely pointless, as there has been yet another change, but, granted, it’s probably for the better.
The Viking Experience, who debuted on Raw last week, have now been renamed as the Viking Raiders. They were previously known as the War Raiders in NXT and are the current NXT Tag Team Champions, and everyone and their goldfish moaned about the atrocious name they were given upon their move to the main roster.
The pair remain individually known as Ivar (Hanson) and Erik (Rowe).
The WWE.com bio for the pair now reads:
“The Viking Raiders, Ivar & Erik, have one objective in mind: World domination.
For years, The Viking Raiders used brute force to capture tag team titles wherever they went, from the U.K. to Japan. Looking to devour new competition, Ivar & Erik turned their attention to the NXT Tag Team scene in early 2018. Their impact was felt immediately, as The Viking Raiders arrived by surprise to unleash a barrage on two of the black-and-yellow brand’s top tandems, Heavy Machinery and Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli, less than one week after NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.
Ivar & Erik, whose gruff exteriors would look right at home beyond the wall in “Game of Thrones,” have made smash-mouth collisions their stock in trade. Yet, Ivar, a protégé of WWE Hall of Famer Killer Kowalski, is also deceptively agile for a man of his size. Every bit as athletic as he is ferocious, the 300-pounder has been known to come crashing down on opponents from the top rope.
Now that The Viking Raiders are roaming, all other tag teams had better beware.”
This follows on from a theme today of undoing and adding to the Shake-Up from last week, as a number of notable names have reportedly moved brands today.