The Iiconics ‘Did Not See’ Their WWE Releases Coming
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce were surprisingly let go last month
Of all the releases from WWE on April 15 2021, few were more surprising than those of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.
Fans worldwide were shocked when the former Iiconics were let go from their WWE contracts, as were The Iiconics themselves.
In an appearance on Busted Open Radio, Jessica McKay (fka Billie Kay) and Cassie Lee (fka Peyton Royce) spoke about their shock at their release:
"I wish I knew, to be honest,” said McKay “When I said that I was in - it was a total shock. I had no idea. When I got the phonecall, I thought that it was in regards to something else. I was like 'oh, they need me to do something, I'm needed for something else'. And when I heard those words, you know 'we're going to release you', my heart just dropped, and I was just, I was so shocked. I was just heartbroken. I don't have any answers, and I don't think that I'm ever gonna get answers. So at the moment I'm just trying to like, just have peace with that.”
Lee added: "So, it was absolutely a shock, because, obviously they do the budget cuts once a year, but they hadn't done it in a while, and then I thought last years was just purely because of the pandemic, so I didn't see it coming and maybe I should have, especially because I was really doing nothing. Since they spilt us up.”
Lee also spoke on how they’re dealing with the fallout of the releases a little over a month and a half later:
“…I feel like we're still going through waves with it, where it's like, one day I'll feel like, so free and so excited for these opportunities now that we can take upon ourselves, you know. And then other days I'm just, like, I sit there wondering... I just don't understand, and like Jess said, I don't think we will ever understand and I don't think there's much of a reason other than cuts had to be made."