The former IIconic would be interviewed after this week’s RAW, where she wasn’t featured, and expressed her frustrations at not having a match despite RAW Women’s Champion Asuka being out of the picture after sustaining a severe injury to her mouth several weeks ago.
“I’m not here hiding my talents, in fact my talents are hidden behind the opinions of others. Why not just let me go? Just let me go and see what happens! You know our RAW Women’s Champion Asuka is injured right now and, yes, that sucks for her. But when a talent goes down, a spot opens up – and that spot is massive. So why not me?”
Royce continued, complaining about the “same old, same old” – which echoed calls from her own mother to give other people a try just last week in response to Charlotte Flair’s promo on Monday Night RAW. The Australian star would reiterate those sentiments while revealing aspects of her own inspirational journey to WWE.
“Why does it always have to be the same old same old? I packed up my life, I moved across the world, I set up in a completely different country – with not much of a support system – to chase this dream. To what? To get stuck in the locker room watching other women do what I do better than 98% of them? And the other two percent… Well, I’d sure as hell give them a run for their money.”
— WWE (@WWE) March 9, 2021
Getting more emotional as she spoke, Royce would add that her potential “haunts” her and her patience is running thin as she strives to get to where she deserves.
“It actually hurts. When you know deep in your soul you are destined to be where you are, striving for what you feel you deserve. My potential haunts me! When you’re striving for something that you feel you really deserve… This is where I am meant to be! And my patience has been running thin for quite some time. So stop wasting my time and give me Asuka!”
Peyton Royce had been involved in the rivalry between Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans, but seemed to be merely a catalyst to progress the storyline before Evans announced her pregnancy.
Royce’s last match was a defeat to Asuka and Flair alongside Evans in February, having been on the winning side of that encounter on the first RAW of 2020. Since then, Royce is yet to win, having lost to Flair in singles action on RAW and Dana Brooke on Main Event as well as appearing in the Royal Rumble. Royce’s last singles win was in November 2020 against Nikki Cross on Main Event. Her last singles win on RAW was in September the week after The IIconics were forced to split.