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The IIconics Reveal Big Announcement Following WWE With Stunning Photos

The tag team known as The IIconics are no longer WWE Superstars as they have been released of their contracts, earlier this year. With that, their dream job has come to an end as they are now looking forward to doing something around the indie promotions. A few days ago, they have teased a major announcement to be made regarding their career. Then they came up with that on Twitter in due course.

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It was announced that the IIconics – Cassie Lee (fka Peyton Royce) and Jessica McKay (fka Billie Kay) have recorded a song with pop singer Harley Cameron. The name of the song is “The IInspiration” [the same name that the WWE tag team would like to use moving forward in their career] and it is available now for pre-saving at the link shared in their tweet. The song will officially be released on Wednesday, October 20.

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It should be noted that singer Cameron is married to WWE NXT Superstar Xyon Quinn (Daniel Vidot) and works as a ring girl for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships. She also recently formed a music group with her best friends, WWE Superstars, Shotzi Blackheart, and Scarlett Bordeaux, but no update is available from the group on their upcoming projects.

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The IIconics ready to make splash following WWE departure

Billie Kay shared a few stunning snaps of herself with her bestie, the other half of The IIconics member which you can see throughout this article. Also, she tweeted the following which says,

“‘The IInspiration’ by Harley Cameron feat. Jessie McKay & Cassie Lee is available for Pre-Save!! [musical notes emoji] We worked with such an incredibly talented team on this song [folded hands emoji] Can’t wait for you guys to hear it!! [star-struck emoji]”

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The IIconics are officially known as The IInspiration on the indies and they are likely to announce their first post-WWE dates, sooner than later. They previously announced a tour while no other details were provided except for the fact that dates and cities for the tour will be announced soon.

It’s been rumored that there might be interest in The IIconics from Impact Wrestling or AEW since Lee’s husband Shawn Spears works, there. But there’s no confirmation yet on which promotions the duo may be working with for their upcoming tour.

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Ex WWE Star Peyton Royce Shares Mesmerizing Dream On Snaps On Instagram

Peyton Royce was one of those unfortunate talents who were let go of the WWE in the past few months. For the past couple of years, WWE has been releasing several employees including WWE Superstars. Beginning with the release of Superstars such as Mickie James in April, that process continued for some of the former female roster members, and both The IIconics members had to leave their dream job. To date, the duo is yet to sign any future contract with any of the WWE’s rival brands.

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But both of The IIconics members are keeping their hopes alive to continue their stint in the professional wrestling world. Previously, Billie Kay posted a few snaps to spread the ‘Dream On’ message to her fanbase. Now, her bestie, Peyton Royce also took a similar route to pass on the same message.

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Taking to her Instagram profile, Peyton Royce posted a few shots from an event that she attended in a lingerie tank top. Standing below a Dream On banner, she posed along for those snaps which came without any particular caption. WWE lady referee Jessika Carr commented on the post saying this was the cutest top possible while Manda Huber commented with some fire emojis.

Peyton Royce was obsessed with working in WWE

In a recent appearance on Insight With Chris Van Vliet, Peyton Royce talked about her journey to working for WWE. Wanting to be a star in WWE was her dream since she was a teenager. Every decision she made growing up was made with WWE in mind.

“I decided I wanted to wrestle for WWE when I was ten years old,” Royce said. “It’s so weird, like in high school and growing up, knowing that’s what I wanted to do in my life, literally every decision I’ve made in my life was for the purpose that it would get me one step closer to WWE. And those are things like picking my subjects in high school. Like ‘what subjects can I pick that’s going to help me learn things that’s going to progress me towards WWE?”

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This was the reason that Peyton Royse was devastated by the WWE release, earlier this year. But she is keeping her hope alive to do something significant outside the banner. Alongside Billie, she will soon start performing in the indie circuit.

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The IIconics Announced Post-WWE In-Ring Return In Hot Photos

The IIconics were amongst those names who were released from their WWE contracts, earlier this year due to COVID-19 related budget cuts. Since these two were bright talents, the release of the former champion duo shocked the professional wrestling industry. Over the past few months, there have been speculations on what could be next for them.

Now the former WWE superstars have announced that they are coming back to action in due course. The IIconics are officially going by the name of The IInspiration on the indie scene. Jessica McKay (fka Billie Kay) and Cassie Lee (fka Peyton Royce) announced on Twitter that The IInspiration Tour will be coming soon.

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Not much details were revealed through their announcement as they advised the fans to stay tuned. Also, they treated their fanbase with a gorgeous snap in black attires.

“Finally, IInspiration returns to professional wrestling. Cassie Lee and Jessie McKay present The IInspiration Tour [sparkles emoji] Dates and cities to be announced soon [kiss emoji],” they wrote on Twitter.

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The IIconics previously had green card issues

It’s been rumored that there might be interest in Impact Wrestling or AEW to sign The IIconics. Lee’s husband Shawn Spears fka Tye Dillinger works in AEW and hence the company could be interested in at least, Lee. However, by the latest announcement, it appears that the former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are likely to function as a team.

McKay and Lee had also filed to trademark “The IInspiration” back in June while they have also launched the “Off Her Chops” comedy/variety podcast this past summer while spending their 90-day no-compete clause with the WWE.

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The IIconics were both signed by WWE in April 2015 who spent almost six years with the company before getting released on April 15 of this year, along with other COVID-19 budget cuts. They have been free agents since their 90-day non-compete clauses expired on July 14.

Back in late June, The IIconics appeared on Oral Sessions Podcast hosted by Renee Paquette to reveal that they have been stuck in a very difficult and legal position when it comes to their green card status in the United States. This was the reason they had to sit out of action for some time. In the meantime, they kept in touch with the fans via their own podcast.

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Former WWE Star Billie Kay Keeping Her Dream On In Gorgeous Photos

Billie Kay couldn’t have the opportunity to shine even brighter during her WWE stint as she was released earlier this year. Alongside her longtime tag team partner Peyton Royce, the Australian superstar was let go of her contract amid the COVID-19 related budget cuts of the company. Now she is having plenty of free time which is being utilized in photo shoots, perhaps.

In recent times, Billie Kay has shared multiple gorgeous photos on her Instagram profile which basically had the message of keeping her dream alive. It was a dream for her as well as Peyton Royce to perform in the WWE since their childhood days. Since that run is over, people shouldn’t have the misconception of her days being finished. Rather she is planning something big.

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In one of the Insta shots, Billie Kay had worn only a shirt to cover her upper portion of the body as the caption stated that she was trying to bring on Emma Frost vibes. In another photo, she wore a floral outfit and posed for the camera as the caption stated, “Close your eyes, find your paradise.”

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In another one, she kept the “dream chaser” vibes on in a stunning black-and-brown- attire. In all these shots, Peyton Royce now going by Cassie Lee dropped flattering comments for her tag partner.

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Billie Kay and Peyton Royce were split on WWE TV

During the August 31, 2020 episode of WWE Raw, Billie Kay, and Peyton Royce performed for the last time as a team under the name of The IIconics. Per the stipulations, The IIconics were forced to disband as they lost a match against The Riott Squad and lost an opportunity to become new number-one contenders to the-then WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.

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In an interview with Chris Vin Vliet, Peyton Royce revealed that it was her idea that could have been the reason behind the split with Billie Kay.

“I just said to him ‘look. If it is possible in future plans, I’m not saying right now, but in the future I would like to see what I can do on my own.’ I am so comfortable with Jess, we can conquer the world together. But I wanted to see what I can do for myself. So many people were like ‘why did they break you up? It was so stupid.’ I’m like I feel like it’s my fault, because I wanted to push myself and see what I was capable of. But that might have been the worst decision that I made, because nothing ever happened.”

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Ex WWE Star Peyton Royce Shares Summer Never Ends Bikini Snaps

Peyton Royce of the former group known as The IIconics is no more a WWE Superstar. For the past year and a half, WWE has been releasing several employees and talents to keep their budget safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The former champion was one of those unfortunate names who had to depart the company despite having all the talents to shine bright.

Alongside Peyton Royce, Billie Kay was also released back in April which did end up shocking many fans at that point. But on the other hand, many fans considered the bright part of the move as they could showcase their talents anywhere else in the world. As of now, they still have to sign with any wrestling promotion but they are going to be back as a team.

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In their off times, both The IIconics are glittering as seen on their social media profiles. In the latest, Peyton Royce was seen enjoying the summer season to the fullest. Donning a golden bikini outfit, she posed on a beach with the beautiful ocean in the backdrop. A number of shots from the shoot were shared on Instagram with one of the captions being, “Take me where summer never ends.” Billie jokingly commented, “Take me to where you are!!!”

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Peyton Royce opened up on her WWE release

While speaking on her Off Her Chops podcast, Peyton Royce previously talked about her WWE release, where she revealed having a terrible meeting with Vince McMahon. Per her comments, this meeting with the WWE Chairman was the reason that she was ultimately fired from the company. It saw her apologizing to Vince McMahon for being a boring person.

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“He just stared at me and in my head I’m just like, ‘make something up’ and I couldn’t make anything up – nothing was coming out. I’m not a liar. I feel like he could have seen right through that. I basically said to him ‘I’m sorry, I’m boring’ and I just like to be home on my off days’. I didn’t contribute much during that unfortunately and that’s probably why I lost the job,” Peyton Royce stated on her podcast about the release.

The IIconics have proven themselves to be a very talented duo and wherever they sign, they are likely to be valuable assets, moving forward. They previously had a green card issue which has recently been sorted out while their no-compete clause has also come to an end on July 14th. For the time being, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay will perform in the indies by the name of the IInspiration.

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Ex WWE Star Peyton Royce Shares Throwback “Thief Of Joy” Bikini Photo

Peyton Royce is no more with the WWE which is touted to be a loss for the company as they let go of a bright talent from their roster. She was trimmed down from the roster, last year alongside her tag team partner Billie Kay, marking the end of The IIconics team in the WWE. The popular could have earned something big in the future but they weren’t given enough opportunities, after all.

Moving forward, Peyton Royce is yet to get signed by any other wrestling promotion, and perhaps the green card issue is one of the reasons. Both Kay and herself lost the green cards after losing their WWE job and that problem needs to be fixed. In the meantime, she is keeping her fanbase entertained enough by feeding them with some stunning photos over on her Instagram timeline.

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The latest one of them appears to be a throwback snap where Peyton Royce posed for a selfie in front of a mirror. The shot captioned as ‘thief of joy’ saw her posing in a bikini attire while showcasing her stunning body. She was particularly proud of this body shape where she had grown some abs in the mid-portion. This could be for achieving the goal of participating in a fitness competition, as well.

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Peyton Royce shared a memory on Instagram

Check out the full comments posted by Peyton Royce for this photo,

“This was 1 year ago & I needed to remind myself that comparison is indeed, the thief of joy.

Just for context, this was mid contest prep. I wont go into the details of what my days looked like because I’m not looking to give out ideas on how to attain this. Just know that I was very hungry & had zero energy at all times. Please don’t compare yourself to this. It is unsustainable. I realize there will inevitably be comments like ‘gross’ ‘eat a burger’ etc… just be kind. You don’t know what people are going through at any given moment [double-heart emoji]”

Peyton Royce’s tag team partner, Billie Kay now going by her real name of Jessica McKay commented on the photo, stating, ‘My Girl.’ Former WWE Superstar Chelsea Green also commented saying, ‘You’re perfect then, now & tomorrow!’

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Peyton Royce (real name Cassie McIntosh) will be using the “Cassie Lee” name in her post-WWE career as she filed to trademark the “Cassie Lee” name on April 19 with the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office). After getting released by the WWE, she is now free to sign with other promotions as of Wednesday, July 14 after her 90-day non-compete clause with the company had expired.

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Peyton Royce Claims Being Let Go By WWE “Broke Her Heart”

Peyton Royce was among those names from the WWE roster who were let go ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, last year. The company eventually released several employees, including massive talents Superstars, over the past several months. The tradition of releasing superstars actually jumpstarted this year where the cut-downs happened on a random basis.

The IIconics, Billie Kay, and Peyton Royce were a part of those cuts following Wrestlemania 37, and that came as a shock. Previously, the latter one revealed how she is the one to be responsible for the cut, possibly after pitching the idea of splitting up The IIconics, for good. She was actually going with the idea of becoming a singles star especially with Vince McMahon backing it up.

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A meeting for hours with the chairman is a rare thing to attend for any superstar but the released star did have that opportunity. Peyton Royce was released from WWE in April, but before that, she had a long sit-down with McMahon. She recalled how the chairman rejected her pitches.

While speaking to Chris Van Vliet, the now known, Cassie Lee explained exactly what went on during that meeting with Vince McMahon and the head of the creative team, Bruce Prichard. The two actually showed interest in building Peyton Royce as a motivational speaker on TV. The idea was granted how much the Australian Superstar sacrificed just to be with the WWE. But nothing came out of the pitch.

Working in WWE was Peyton Royce’s dream job

“I would be a motivational speaker. Vince loved how much I had sacrificed to be there and I didn’t want anything else in my life other than to work for him. He loved that and was so thankful for what I had sacrificed; my family, everything in Australia, my whole life. That’s what we had come up with,” Peyton Royce revealed. “Obviously, nothing ever came of it. That conversation wasn’t like a complete dud. From my perspective, it was like, ‘Damn, this is what I wanted to present and move forward with.’ There’s nothing I don’t think I could have done because I friggin’ tried everything.”

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Since her college days, Peyton Royce was going with the idea of heading into WWE since this was her dream job. She got to perform with Billie Kay on the highest level as the duo also held the Women’s tag team titles at Wrestlemania. However, things didn’t last for them for good. The former IIconics member thus also mentioned that she had lost all the interest in pro-wrestling after the release from WWE,

“Being let go really broke my heart, and for a long while it kind of took my love. It stole my love of wrestling. And I would love to get that back and not move on with my life with this bitter feeling about wrestling. I still get emotional about it. But I know one day I will get over those circumstances and not let it affect me like it does now.” (quotes courtesy Fightful)

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The IIconics Break-Up In WWE Was “The Worst Decision”, Says Peyton Royce

Not every move in the WWE turns out to be for good and separating The IIconics was one of them. It rather turned out to be a creative disaster that left two bright talents in the middle of nowhere in the company. Down the road, the two superstars from Raw, Peyton Royce, and Billie Kay were eventually released from the contract, last year.

One half of The IIconics, Royce (under her real name Cassie Lee) returned to Insight With Chris Van Vliet to talk about her recent release from WWE. She talked about the roller coaster ride of the last few months. Initially, she was obviously depressed over the fact that WWE released her without any prior indication but now she’s more than excited about the next step in her career.

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During the conversation, Royce also took the time to clarify the break-up of The IIconics which many thought of as a creative disaster. Royce interestingly blamed herself for that controversial decision, as she had told Kay in January of last year she wanted to go on a singles run. But, ultimately she thinks it appeared to be the worst decision of her entire WWE career.

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Peyton Royce herself wanted The IIconics’ split

“I just said to him [Vince Mcmahon] ‘look. If it is possible in future plans, I’m not saying right now, but in the future I would like to see what I can do on my own.’ I am so comfortable with Jess, we can conquer the world together. But I wanted to see what I can do for myself. So many people were like ‘why did they break you up? It was so stupid.’ I’m like I feel like it’s my fault, because I wanted to push myself and see what I was capable of. But that might have been the worst decision that I made, because nothing ever happened,” Royce regretted over The IIconics’ break-up.

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Back on the August 31 episode of Monday Night Raw, last year, Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott defeated Peyton Royce and Billie Kay in a tag team action. Per the stipulations of that match, The IIconics were forced to disband, while The Riott Squad was named the new number-one contenders to the then WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.

Royce was said to be heavy on McMahon’s book to become a singles star but she never had the opportunity to shine in the coming months. Ultimately, she was released following Wrestlemania 37 alongside her tag team partner, Billie Kay. Riott Squad member Ruby Riott was also released earlier this year.

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Peyton Royce Shows Off New Look Following WWE Departure

Peyton Royce was released from her WWE contract, earlier this year in an unfortunate incident. WWE made budget cuts on April 15 following Wrestlemania to release her and 9 other Superstars – Samoa Joe, Mickie James, Mojo Rawley, Chelsea Green, Tucker, Wesley Blake, Billie Kay, Kalisto, and Bo Dallas. Afterward, several more names like top superstars Braun Strowman and Lana have been released from WWE.

Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, combinedly known as The IIConics were touted to two of the brightest stars of the WWE female roster which is the reason why their WWE release shocked the world. The two have been in the company since 2015 who competed in all the three brands that WWE has to offer. They also won Women’s tag team titles at the grandest stage of Wrestlemania to achieve their greatest moment in the company.

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When Peyton Royce left the WWE, she was sporting pinkish hair which has now been changed. In recent times, the Australian superstar has changed up her look in a big way. Her hair was dyed back in black and grey color. She recently sported a bikini to flaunt her body in this new look. Additionally, she claimed to be happy and healthy by sharing a lingerie gif on her Instagram profile. Kayla Braxton, Cathy Kelley, and more have reacted to the shot.

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Peyton Royce is dealing with green card issues

Peyton Royce has been using her real name Cassie Lee since after her WWE release which has also been patented for further use. Her Twitter and Instagram profile names have also been changed, accordingly. She will be free to sign with other promotions on Wednesday, July 14 when her 90-day non-compete clause with WWE expires. Royce last wrestled on the March 22 RAW, losing to Asuka.

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Peyton Royce recently appeared on Oral Sessions Podcast hosted by Renee Young to admit that she and her tag team partner, Billie Kay have green card issues to deal with after WWE release,

“The difficult thing for us is, we still don’t have our green cards, so we’re not allowed to work until we get those or until we find sponsorship anywhere else. We’re so excited; we have all this freedom and so many ideas, but pump the brakes because we can’t do any of it. The podcast, we’re not making any money off of it. It’s purely to get our name out there and stay relevant.”

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The IIconics Reveal Why They Can’t Perform After WWE Departure

The IIconics were touted to be one of the top prospects of the WWE Women’s Division, a couple of years ago. Their WrestleMania title win over veteran names like Sasha Banks and Bayley also indicated that WWE was going heavy on them. But as time progressed, Vince McMahon lost faith in them and now these two have become former WWE Superstars.

WWE has been releasing tons of Superstars from the contract in the name of COVID-19 related budget cuts, throughout this year. Top Superstars like Braun Strowman or Lana were let go from their contracts due to this reason in early June. Before that, on April 15 another round of talent cuts was noticed where The IIconics were released from the WWE contracts.

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The opportunities are endless for The IIconics, going by their talent but they can’t jump into work due to Visa issues. The former Billie Kay and Peyton Royce recently revealed that they are unable to work in the United States due to their visa status following their release from WWE. They aren’t green cardholders anymore which won’t allow them to sign for any wrestling promotion, right away.

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The IIconics dealing with green card issues

Speaking on Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast, The IIconics also mentioned that they have opened their podcast just to stay relevant in professional wrestling and keep their profile out with fans. They aren’t earning a penny from their own podcast and this appears to be a way to make their presence felt for the time being.

“The difficult thing for us is, we still don’t have our green cards, so we’re not allowed to work until we get those or until we find sponsorship anywhere else” Cassie Lee would say on Oral Sessions. “We’re so excited; we have all this freedom and so many ideas, but pump the brakes because we can’t do any of it.”

“The podcast, we’re not making any money off of it” one half of The IIconics, Cassie Lee continued. “It’s purely to get our name out there and stay relevant. It’s been tough just knowing we have all these things we want to do but can’t do it.”

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It should be noted that Cassie Lee fka Peyton Royce’s husband Shawn Spears is an active wrestler in the AEW promotion which led to speculation that Royce might end up being on AEW. But that’s may not be happening, sooner. The IIconics will rather currently be sitting out their non-compete clauses, as of now. They will be able to sign with another national promotion at that point, given their Visa issues are sorted out.

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