October 26, 2017
On the October 25th edition of NXT, it was determined which four women would be challenging for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT Takeover War Games. It would be Kairi Sane, Peyton Royce, Ember Moon and Nikki Cross.
All these women are deserving of this position they are in, but now it’s time to get an in depth look of each of the competitors. Earlier this semester we got to know who Kairi Sane is, but now let’s take a look at the second competitor who qualified in the match, one of Australia’s newest icons, Peyton Royce.
Peyton Royce is one half of NXT’s “ICONIC DUO” alongside her best friend Billie Kay. On November 18th at NXT Takeover War Games, she has the chance at becoming the first Australian woman to hold championship gold in WWE.
Cassie McIntosh (Royce’s real name) has come a long way since leaving her native Sydney, Australia. In fact, she had to move all the way across the world to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to the Lance Storm Wrestling Academy in order to hone her wrestling skills.
Royce began training at the Storm Wrestling Academy, and in February 2009 she made her professional wrestling debut. She debuted as KC Cassidy.
Cassidy remained on the independent circuit for five years until she received a tryout in August 2014. In April 2015, it was announced that she was signed to NXT. Cassidy’s name was later changed to Peyton Royce.
Picture of Royce as a new signee. Second to the left.
An interesting fact about Cassidy was she made one of her very first NXT television appearances with her best friend Jessie McKay (a.k.a Billie Kay.) These two have known each other since their days in Sydney.
They attended the same school where Royce excelled in dancing and Kay in basketball. They even always saw each other at WWE events when the company traveled there. At one point they disliked each other because they both made the argument that they were the bigger WWE fan.
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce were both signed at the same time and even though for a while they went their separate ways on NXT, they eventually came back together.
On October 5, 2016 (International Billie and Peyton Day) the two best friends reunited as the “ICONIC DUO.”
Over the past year, they have both been a key part of the NXT Women’s division. In January, Kay and Royce were in a Fatal Four Way match at NXT Takeover San Antonio for the NXT Women’s Championship.
They both fell short of winning the title, but this match spotlighted Royce and showed that she was becoming one of the best women’s wrestlers on the NXT roster.
Some of her highlights in that match was suplexing Nikki Cross through a table and hitting a beautiful Widow’s Peak on the champion.
Royce putting Cross through a table.
Royce did have another chance at the Women’s title against Asuka later in the year, but again she was unsuccessful.
Last month, Royce was in a qualifying match to see if she could qualify for the NXT Women’s title fatal four way match at Takeover War Games against Liv Morgan and Nikki Cross. Royce defeated Cross to secure her spot at Takeover.
Here is a video of Royce celebrating her victory in the qualifying match.
Royce is now one win away from making history. She could become the first Australian woman to win championship gold in WWE, and in my opinion she deserves it.
I actually saw Royce debut match on NXT against then NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks and she has made tremendous strides and changes since then. From a babyface crowd favorite who had “legs for days,” to the “Venus Flytrap of NXT”, to one half of the “ICONIC DUO.”
Royce’s improvements in her wrestling and her character have earned her this spot and I think the NXT universe would not be too angry if Royce was their champion. I know I certainly wouldn’t be.
Do you think Royce will finally win the title at NXT Takeover War Games? Let us know.