War Machine to The War Raiders to The Viking Experience to The Viking Raiders
Once upon a time in Ring of Honor, Rowe and Hanson were two promising, burly performers, and they formed a kickass tag team called War Machine. These guys were more warrior-esque than robotic. After signing with NXT, they began calling themselves the War Raiders. That seemed to suit everyone just fine, and they even got a chant going. “WAR! WAR! WAR!”
But then, WWE bumped Rowe and Hanson up to the main roster. And the next time we saw them–on the April 15 episode of Raw–Rowe and Hanson were Erik and Ivar, and the War Raiders were The Viking Experience.
They used to be big, scary guys who channeled a viking warrior vibe. Now, they were literal vikings outside of time. Their new tag team name was reminiscent of when you go to the zoo, and you pay extra to feed or pet the animals, like the Sea Lion Encounter.
Thanks to nearly universal backlash on social media, the tag team name is now in its fourth iteration: The Viking Raiders. It’s not as good as the War Raiders, truth be told. But we’ll take it. It’s better than the alternative.