WWE has hinted that The Viking Raiders could have their names changed yet again. They have been listed as The Viking Warriors in a recent survey.
Name changes are commonplace in WWE. The company implements them for a number of different reasons. In some cases, WWE doesn't have the legal rights to use a wrestler's previous name. Other times, Vince McMahon might not want them to keep their name and wants it to be something he can own the rights to.
War Raiders had their name changed for what seems to be a slightly different reason. It is well documented that the boss isn't a fan of the word war. That'll be why Erik and Ivar debuted as The Viking Experience on Raw last week. That name was met with so much ridicule on social media that a week later, the pair's name had been changed to The Viking Raiders.
Better, but maybe not the final landing point. The most recent WWE Fan Council survey has Erik and Ivar listed, but not as either of the names mentioned above. Nor are they listed as War Raiders, as they were known in NXT, or War Machine, their moniker before signing with WWE. Instead, they have been listed as The Viking Warriors.
The latest WWE Fan Council survey lists The Viking Raiders as “The Viking Warriors” pic.twitter.com/mx7OZPA6EK— HeelByNature.com (@HeelByNatureYT) April 24, 2019
Although the question isn't included in the tweet, it seems as if it's asking fans which Superstar Shakeup change fans think will have the biggest impact. It is entirely possible that listing Erik and Ivar as The Viking Warriors was a mistake. We have listened to a number of podcasts this week during which hosts and guest have stumbled over their words due to the tandem's quickfire name changes. Perhaps whoever compiled this survey has done the same.
The last couple of weeks of WWE booking scream that the company is worryingly underprepared when it comes to creative. The Superstar Shakeup was supposed to take place over two days. However, the following week, wrestlers were still switching between shows with some going back from whence they came. The Shakeup wasn't a surprise. Surely these decisions should have been made well in advance. But what do we know?