The Viking Raiders were already a big name in tag team wrestling when they signed up with WWE. Erik and Ivar made their presence felt in Triple H’s version of NXT. They main evented NXT TakeOver: WarGames II alongside Ricochet, Pete Dunne and The Undisputed Era as well.
The Viking Raiders became involved in a rivalry with The Street Profits during the ThunderDome era in 2020. The two tag teams would often try to outdo each in extraordinary scenarios including a decathlon. Ivar adopted a ladies man gimmick throughout the course of the feud.
Speaking to the Public Enemies podcast, former WWE writer Chris Dunn revealed several pitches the creative came up with for Ivar at the time. One of the ideas called for Ivar to have a “Vikings Only” website. The script, however, was changed to “Vikings Mingle” because it sounded similar to OnlyFans.
“I was doing all the off-sites with the Profits and the Viking Raiders. I became really close with those guys. That’s also too, trying to take an idea that’s not great and turn it into something. The original concepts for that [were] not great. But it worked out really well. When we kind of accidentally made Ivar a ladies man character, we wanted to have him talk and eventually open a website that would be ‘Vikings Only’, like Farmers Only. I think we changed it because of OnlyFans, like to [prevent] people getting confused, to ‘Vikings Mingle’. We literally had it in the script for seven to eight weeks, and because of how crazy the pandemic stuff was, things kept on changing on the fly all the time.”
The Viking Raiders reverted to their NXT gimmick in the wake of Triple H’s take over of the creative. The Game paired the duo with Sarah Logan, who returned to WWE under the ring name of Valhalla in 2022. Stay tuned to Ringside News for more from the world of pro wrestling.
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