The Riott Squad is no more, and they didn’t even get to break up on television. News of the faction’s split first emerged rather obliquely after Smackdown last night, when Liv Morgan was announced as an additional new recruit for the Blue Brand. That means she won’t be traveling and working with Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan anymore, and as the trio all made heartfelt posts on Instagram, it became increasingly clear that the Riott Squad is officially thing of the past. And even if the Squad never lived up to their potential in WWE, it’s obvious that they all had a profound effect on each other.
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Riott squad….. we were told we’d never last. When I started my career with WWE, I never saw myself as a tag team competitor. I thought it was all about me. On 11-21-17 the Riott squad was formed. On that day, my life changed. I didn’t know I was going to make life long friends. I didn’t know I was going to gain two sisters. I didn’t know that these girls successes were going to mean more to me than my own. But it happened. I fell in love with Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan. They helped me. They shaped me. They accepted me for exactly who I am. I couldn’t ever thank them enough. The Riott Squad is REAL. The Riott squad consisted of three over looked women tired of doing things the “right way” and decided to do things THEIR WAY. Ruby and Sarah … this isn’t goodbye. Its see you later. This is opportunity. We know what we’re capable of together… it’s magic. Let’s see what we can do apart, and because I have your blessings.. I know I am unstoppable. You are both the most talented people I have EVER Met and I can’t wait to watch you strive. You guys have my whole heart and I am rooting for you. Even in separate brands… when y’all win.. I still win. And when I win, y’all win. And everyone knows WHEN WE WIN… WE 😉… ya know 💁🏼♀️. Thank you. That’s all I can say. Whole heartedly. I am grateful. Thank you for being better than I could have ever imagined. I love you. #RiottSquad. #RiottSquadForvever. #ThisIsntTheEnd #SquadSquad.
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11-21-17. A day my life changed forever. The day OUR lives changed forever. We shared the biggest moment of our wrestling careers and the biggest moments of our lives together. Every time I make my entrance I am going to be looking for you two. Everytime I get coffee in catering im going to be looking for you two and every time I need someone to laugh at my amazing jokes, I'll be looking for my squad. We have changed the wrestling world so much and that's what we will continue to do. @rubyriottwwe …I love you @yaonlylivvonce …..I love you. And I will see you again, because we will all make damn sure that happens. Squad! Squad!
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@yaonlylivvonce and @sarahloganwwe, two women that truly changed my life for the better. Over the last year and a half we’ve tried to express to the world exactly how strong and selfless of a bond that we have. But I don’t even think we’ve scratched the surface. On 11-21-17 I was paired with two of the most talented and incredible women I’ve ever met. Everyday since I learned something from them, inside and outside of the ring. They inspired me and motivated me to be better as a person and as a performer. I knew that I’d never be ready for the day to come where we would be on separate brands. And I would be lying if I didn’t say my heart didn’t hurt but, knowing that the world is about to see how amazing Sarah and Liv are on a whole new scale, makes everything okay. They will go on to create their own legacy and I am still and ALWAYS will be their biggest fan! Thank you girls, for being more than I could ask for as friends and partners and as sisters. You girls have my heart. I love you girls and like Liv said this isn’t goodbye. This is see you later. I know all I have to do is yell “SQUAD SQUAD!” And we will be together again! #RiottSquadForever
So what happens to the trio now? As a new singles wrestler on Smackdown, Liv has a lot of underdog babyface potential, although with Bayley, Ember, Charlotte, and sometimes Becky around, there’s most likely going to be some jobbing in her future, but hopefully that passes. She and Carmella (who she used to be accused of being a clone of, before they both changed their looks) could make a fun tag team. You could call them the Bridge and Tunnel Connection.
Sarah Logan now shares Raw with her real life husband Erik (formerly Rowe) of the Viking Experience (formerly the War Raiders). Considering she transformed during her time in the Riott Squad from a Kentucky hillbilly to a Viking herself, it would make a lot of sense if she became the third member of the Experience. She could still do singles matches in the women’s division while also playing Nikki Cross to the Viking Experience Sanity (Sanity’s a whole other tragic breakup, but that’s a discussion for another time). Considering she had her husband’s name (“Rowe” that is, not “Erik”) written in Viking runes on her gear at WrestleMania, you have to admit it wouldn’t be out of character for their relationship to become onscreen canon. The only question is whether they’ll change her name to Brunnhilde or Sigrid.
Ruby Riott, as those of us who remember Heidi Lovelace from the indies (or even Ruby Riot from NXT) know, has a huge upside as a babyface singles wrestler. Whether certain older men in charge of Raw will ever be able to look at her tattoos and general presentation and see her that way remains an open question, but with so much talent in the women’s division gone to Smackdown (and Ronda Rousey gone in general) this may be her best chance at getting a real push. After Lacey Evans loses to Becky Lynch, a midcard feud between Lacey and Ruby writes itself, if they find time for it.
Whatever happens, I hope it works out for all three. The Riott Squad spent a lot of time without a lot to do on Raw, but all of them deserve a moment in the sun.