WWE Raw superstar Peyton Royce is supposed to be getting a singles push, not getting a new tag team partner.
It’s safe to say the majority of wrestling fans are still not over the fact that Peyton Royce and Billie Kay had to be split up on WWE Raw.
The IIconics were one of the most beloved tag teams in wrestling and one of the true tag teams in the Women’s Tag Team Division. While WWE has done a nice job of putting together a couple of new tag teams on Raw, such as champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler and the reunited Riott Squad, the IIconics should have been a part of that group.
That said, if WWE’s goal is to push Peyton Royce and Billie Kay as singles competitors, which is reportedly the case for Royce, then there’s nothing wrong with that at all. They could each succeed as singles competitors and even win titles.
So naturally, wrestling fans weren’t too pleased to see Royce teaming up with Lacey Evans in a Fatal Four-Way tag match against Jax and Baszler, which the tag champs won convincingly anyway. (One brief tease of the Riott Squad finally getting a win aside.)
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Hopefully, that match was just a one-off thing with Royce and Evans tagging together, because very few fans want to see that. Nothing against Evans, but do I really want to see Royce tag with someone else after she was forced to split up with Kay? It’s too painful, and it doesn’t do Royce or Evans much good to be tagging together – especially not Royce.
I’m not sure when we’ll see Royce pushed as a singles competitor or what that amount to, but we do need to see more women spotlighted as singles competitors on WWE Raw. Asuka faced Lana in a title match this Monday, but the match lasted only a couple of minutes, which was a serious missed opportunity for Lana after winning a No. 1 Contender’s match the week before.
I understand that Royce isn’t everyone’s pick to get a push in the Raw Women’s Division, but I’m ready to see as many women succeed as possible on Monday nights. Because right now, it just feels like it’s Asuka at the top as champion, and WWE haven’t done her any favors by not presenting a strong challenger for her. If she goes into Hell in a Cell without a match at all, then that’s another massive mistake.