The IIconics are an Australian professional wrestling tag team that are currently signed to the WWE, and perform in the SmackDown Live brand. The IIconics comprise of real life friends Jessica McKay (Billie Kay) and Cassie McIntosh (Peyton Royce). They recently made the wrestling news after they pulled off a huge upset victory over WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley. Although the match wasn’t a title-decider, the Australian duo will have a title shot at the WrestleMania 35.
With their merch flying off the shelves, the IIconics seem to command the appreciation of a significantly rising number of WWE fans and could be in line to receive a huge push from the company. So who are they?
Prior to their WWE debut, McIntosh and McKay previously wrestled in Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance in Australia. High school friends from the start, both attended Westfields Sports High School in Sydney and were trained by former two-time Shimmer champion, Madison Eagles. Surprisingly enough, before forming a team, the two often wrestled each other in the PWWA, including a title match for the PWWA Championship.
The team made their original debut on October 5, 2016 episode of NXT and were later dubbed “The Iconic Duo”. During their time in NXT, the team received a NXT Year-End Award for “Breakout of the Year” in 2016 and were both nominated for “Female Competitor(s) of the Year” in 2017, though they were unsuccessful in winning the award. They made quite an appearance on their main roster debut, when they attacked SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, which allowed Carmella to cash in her Money in the Bank contract and defeat Flair to win the championship. The following week on SmackDown Live, The IIconics picked up their first main roster victory by defeating Asuka and Becky Lynch.
In WrestleMania 35, they will be taking part in a Fatal Four Way Tag Team match which will feature Divas of Doom duo Beth Phoenix and Natalya, Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka, and obviously the current tag team champions The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection duo of Sasha Banks and Bayley. The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection made history by outlasting five of WWE’s best female tandems in a gruelling Elimination Chamber to become the inaugural champions, and they followed up that emotional triumph by overcoming Nia Jax & Tamina at WWE Fastlane in their first title defence. Together, they have thrown down the gauntlet to all potential challengers as they set out to prove themselves as fighting champions and establish a proud legacy.
However, at The Showcase of the Immortals, their legacy and their title will be up for the stakes. And their confidence surely has been on the threat, with the non-title victory of The IIconics just ahead of the huge matchup.