John Cena Sr. on WWE's decision to release Billie Kay and Peyton Royce


John Cena Sr. on WWE's decision to release Billie Kay and Peyton Royce

On October 16, 2019, it is announced that as a result of the draft the IIconics will switch to the Raw brand. After a brief absence from the scene, Peyton Royce & Billie Kay return in the episode of Raw on 11 May 11 2020, interrupting the WWE Women's Tag Team champions Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross.

After defeating them in an untitled match, over the following summer they unsuccessfully challenged them on several occasions without being able to regain the titles. They later tease Ruby Riott backstage with her by mocking her because she has no friends, and the episode creates a rivalry.

At Payback the IIconics are defeated by Riott & Liv Morgan. The next night on Raw, The IIconics couple are forced to split after losing a match with that stipulation with Riott Squad. Single Competition and Release (2020-2021) After splitting from Peyton Royce, Billie began a singles career.

In the episode of Raw on September 7, Billie was defeated by her ex-friend Peyton Royce, hugging her in the finale. At SmackDown on October 30th, Kay participated in a Triple Threat qualifying match for Team SmackDown for the Survivor Series which also included Bianca Belair and Natalya but the match was won by Belair.

John Cena Sr. believes WWE made the right decision to release Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.

John Cena Sr. on Peyton Royce and Billie Kay

“So, now I sit back and say to you: that makes sense,” John Cena Sr. said. “It’s all I can say.

That makes sense. If I was the guy in charge [Vince McMahon], I’d be looking at who’s putting a**es in seats, who’s performing, who isn’t, and I’d say, ‘You know what, good luck in your future endeavors.’ That’s the way to do it, brother”.

Billie Kay offered several WWE SmackDown Superstars her services as an assistant following The IIconics' split in 2020. Meanwhile, Peyton Royce formed a brief alliance with Lacey Evans on RAW before it was announced that Evans was pregnant.

“I think you can always find a way to repackage a product and put it back on its shelf,” he added. “I think the case was it just didn’t work, and the fact is, 'I’m not gonna work with it anymore, let’s move on, we’ll find somebody else.' Unfortunate but I think the one thing they can do is look back and say, like I do, 'I had my day in the sun.' ”

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