5 Things you probably don't know about Peyton Royce

Peyton Royce may be heading for a singles run in WWE
Peyton Royce may be heading for a singles run in WWE
Levi Grayshon

Recently, fans were shocked when The IIconics broke up following a match against the recently reunited Riott Squad on WWE Monday Night RAW. The popular tag team, made up of Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, were together in WWE for five years. During that time, the pair enjoyed a reign as WWE Women's Tag Team champions.

The duo hadn't been so lucky since their return earlier this year though, after a lengthy break, often losing to different women and teams on the RAW roster. In a match to contend for the Women's Tag Team Championship against the Riott Squad, a stipulation was added - the losing team had to break up.

Shortly after The IIconics lost, they made an appearance on RAW Underground. The partnership seemed well and truly over when Royce sacrificed Kay, throwing her in between Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, leaving her 'friend' to be attacked whilst she stood and watched with Shane McMahon.

There have since been rumours running rife that Royce is a favourite of Vince McMahon's and that the superstar is due for a huge push in WWE. As Royce seems to be one of the next huge stars of the WWE Women's Division, here are five things that fans may not already know about the superstar.

#5 Peyton Royce originally wanted to be a professional dancer

Peyton Royce could have had a very different career
Peyton Royce could have had a very different career

As a child, Peyton Royce excelled in dance, which was the career path that she originally intended to follow. Royce trained in dance for years and eventually ended up at a specialist sports high school.

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Royce is quick in the ring and credits her dance background for this ability, as well as her great ring awareness skills. Currently, she showcases her dancing skills in a bit of a different way; she is an avid TikTok-er (under the name @peyrofromtheblock), often taking part in routines from her home.

#4 Peyton Royce and Billie Kay were once high school rivals

The IIconics were a staple of the WWE Women's Tag Team Division
The IIconics were a staple of the WWE Women's Tag Team Division

It is well known that Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are both Australian, but what a lot of fans don't know is that the pair attended the same high school and didn't always get along.

On an episode of UpUpDownDown, the pair discussed how they had a rivalry at high school. They were the only two wrestling fans at their school and used to compete to be first in line at WWE meet and greets as youngsters.


The duo were a few years apart at the specialist sports high school that they both attended and on the episode, they discussed how they attempted to get their friends to watch wrestling with them, but had no luck in doing so.

They became friends when they joined the same wrestling school a few years later and wrestled together for a few years before earning WWE tryouts, which they also did together.

Both Peyton Royce and Billie Kay remained together for a long time, even getting signed to WWE together before becoming The Iconic Duo in NXT, later being renamed The IIconics.

#3 Peyton Royce is a popular YouTube star

Peyton Royce is busy both in and out of the wrestling ring
Peyton Royce is busy both in and out of the wrestling ring

Lots of WWE superstars are also social media stars, something which has caused a stir of late. Peyton Royce has featured on many other YouTube channels such as UpUpDownDown and A Taste of Tenille before establishing her channel, Cassie Vs earlier this year.

Royce's channel is only a few months old, but she already has a staggering 36,000 subscribers and counting. The star has a wide range of videos on her channel, including challenges and makeup tutorials, bringing her to a wider audience.

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Royce also has featured guests on her channel including her best friend Billie Kay, who now also has a channel. Royce is a natural in front of a camera and her charisma translates well to her work on YouTube. At the moment, her most popular video has reached a staggering 173,000 views, which is very impressive for a relatively new channel.

Peyton Royce is also very active on her TikTok page where she has 164,000 followers, and her Instagram account, to which she posts regular photos and images for her 1.7 million followers.

#2 Peyton Royce is married to another famous wrestler

Peyton Royce got married in August 2019
Peyton Royce got married in August 2019

Several wrestling couples are working between AEW and WWE and Peyton Royce is in one of those very relationships. In 2019, Royce married her long-time partner Ronnie Arneill, better known to some fans as AEW's villainous Shawn Spears.

Other fans may know the Canadian star better as Tye Dillinger, who used to be signed to WWE. The pair met when both working in NXT, but Spears later left to make the move to AEW, which Royce has been supportive of.

Despite the pair no longer working for the same company, Spears is a prominent feature on Royce's YouTube channel Cassie Vs and also on her other social media accounts.

Royce recently posted some throwback videos online to celebrate their wedding on their 1st anniversary which took place in August. The duo also shares two dogs called Marshall and Chief, who have their own Instagram account.

Both Peyton Royce and Shawn Spears are thriving in their wrestling careers, despite being on either side of the WWE and AEW split like Adam Cole and Britt Baker.

#1 Peyton Royce is a bikini competitor

Peyton Royce only had three weeks to prepare for her first contest
Peyton Royce only had three weeks to prepare for her first contest

Not content with just being a WWE superstar and a social media sensation, Peyton Royce has recently added another string to her bow and become a bikini competitor.

Peyton Royce documented her journey to her first-ever bikini competition on her YouTube channel, Cassie Vs, revealing that she only signed up to compete 22 days before the contest. That gave her just over three weeks to prepare, less than a quarter of the preparation time competitors usually have, which is twelve weeks.

On a Q&A video on her channel, Royce discussed how she found the change in diet difficult at times, especially as she claimed to be a picky eater. Even though she found it hard, Royce explained that the experience helped her to become more confident as a person.

At the competition, Peyton Royce was supported by her husband Shawn Spears and best friend Billie Kay, who even wore a personalised "Go Cassie" t-shirt and brought pom-poms to act as her personal cheerleader. Despite having a limited time to prepare, the star ended up winning 2nd and 3rd place in two different categories.

Edited by Alex Turk
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