From The Rumor Mill: Possible reason why The Iconic Duo were forced to change their name 

  • It seems that WWE was forced into a name change for The Iconic Duo on the main roster
Modified 12 Apr 2018, 23:51 IST

The IIconics debuted on SmackDown Live this week
The IIconics debuted on SmackDown Live this week

What's the story?

Peyton Royce and Billie Kay made their debut on the main roster on Tuesday night and helped Carmella to become the new SmackDown Women's Champion.

But it seems that one of the most interesting parts of the segment was the fact that the duo was forced to change their name.

In case you didn't know...

Royce and Kay were known as The Iconic Duo throughout their stay on NXT where they have been one of the most dominant forces in the Women's Division, despite being unable to lift the Women's Championship throughout their time there.

The duo made their way to the ring as part of Tuesday night's SmackDown after WrestleMania where they introduced themselves to Women's Champion Charlotte Flair.

They attacked her and dragged her back into the ring in order for Carmella to cash in and win the Championship after holding the briefcase for 287 days.

The heart of the matter

The titantron when Royce and Kay made their way to the ring read "The IIconics" rather than "The Iconic Duo" which was the name that the two stars had been collectively known as over the past few years.

According to CageSideSeats, there is a reason why WWE had to change the name of the duo, and that's because a company called Iconic Duo LLC already owns the rights to the name.

So WWE was forced to give Kay and Royce a new name ahead of their main roster debut because they were unable to file for the copyright.


This is also the reason why The Riott Squad was spelled differently, because "The Riot Squad" is already a band and it caused WWE problems when it comes to copyright.

What's next?

The IIconic's name has allowed many fans to speculate that there could be another member of the Women's Division joining their group, which is definitely adding some excitement to the SmackDown roster following WrestleMania.

Author's take

Royce and Kay are set to make a huge impact in the Women's Division regardless of their name, The Iconic term as a whole covers exactly what their characters are so a name change won't affect the two women moving forward.

It will be interesting to see if any other women are added to their group, but as for right now, Royce and Kay already look to be changing the face of the Women's Division on SmackDown Live, regardless of their tag team name.

Published 12 Apr 2018, 23:51 IST
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