If you watched the opening match from last week’s Superstar Shake-Up edition of Monday Night Raw, you probably spent the next 1-3 hours on Twitter dunking on NXT Tag Team Champions Hanson and Rowe, the War Raiders, getting their names changed to “Ivar” and “Erik,” The Viking Experience. Not that “War Raiders” was a game-changing team name, but at least it didn’t sound like a museum exhibit.
The reason for the change was even funnier, as a lot of us thought it was because modern TV-PG WWE didn’t want fans chanting “war” on live television, but nope, it was because Vince McMahon decided to change the name on a whim at the last minute.
“There’s nothing to do with ‘war’, Vince just wanted to change the name, that’s all. He didn’t like ‘War Raiders’ and he wanted to change the name. That’s all there is to it. There’s no other reason. Vince just on the day of the show, on Monday, decided he didn’t like the name and told them to come up with a new one.“
Well, it looks like someone had another Monday afternoon whim, as “The Viking Experience” has been quietly wiped from WWE.com and replaced with another new name.