Peyton Royce and Billie Kay were the first all-Australian tag team in WWE history when they formed The Iconic Duo in 2016. The pair, who were high school friends, teamed together in WWE until August 2020, tweaking their name to become The IIconics. Following a loss to the Riott Squad at Payback, the duo were forced to split up. Since then the two have been drafted to separate shows with Royce on Raw and Kay on SmackDown.
Speaking to Instinct Culture by Denise Salcedo, Royce explained her thoughts since splitting up the tag team.
“I thought at first it was going to be liberating because we had been a team our whole WWE careers and I absolutely loved our time together. I was looking at the silver lining and how I could make the best of the opportunity to go out and see what I could do on my own. That happened late last year and I still feel like I’m trying to find my footing on my own.
Billie is my tag team partner and in real life is my best friend. To not have her with me, even just at work since we work separate days, she is just my support system that I feel I have lost. I’m trying to rebuild that within myself and trying not to rely on somebody else for that. It has been really tough. I’m so happy for her, she’s absolutely killing it on SmackDown and is a comedic genius and thriving. I hope I can get there too.”
The highlight of Royce and Kay’s time together came undoubtedly at WrestleMania 35. The IIconics would win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships from inaugural champions Sasha Banks and Bayley.
Peyton Royce has been teaming with Lacey Evans in recent weeks on Raw. The duo had traded wins with the current WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Charlotte Flair and Asuka. Billie Kay has, herself, been busy on SmackDown. Most recently she has been trying to ingratiate herself with the Riott Squad of Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott.
Credit: Instinct Culture by Denise Salcedo
h/t to Fightful for the transcription