WWE sparked controversy last week by promoting the reigning NXT Tag Team Champions to the main roster by a name other than their established monicker, The War Raiders. As part of the 2019 Superstar Shake-up on Raw, WWE introduced the tandem as The Viking Experience.
That wasn’t the only change as Hanson is now called Ivar, whereas Rowe is now known as Erik.
On Monday, the duo got renamed again as WWE.com began listing them as The Viking Raiders on the Superstars page. They were called that name on Raw last Monday as Ivar and Erik assaulted Lucha House Party before their scheduled match.
Although Erik and Ivar are no longer known as The Viking Experience, the name hasn’t been eliminated. The duo finished their savage attack by performing a double team maneuver on Lince Dorado, which Michael Cole called The Viking Experience.
They may be getting another name change as the latest survey from the WWE Fan Council refers to them as The Viking Warriors.
Although, Ivar and Erik beat The Street Profits in a non-title match on last night’s episode of NXT and were referred to as The Viking Raiders.
According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the decision to have their names changed in the first place was made a few hours before Raw last week by Vince McMahon. The creative team came up with The Berzerkers, but McMahon didn’t like it.
“This was a Vince McMahon call. It was literally a last day thing, where at one point they were to be called The Berzerkers, but McMahon didn’t like that and Viking Experience is the name he went with,” Meltzer wrote.
A lot of people pushed for them to still be called Hanson and Rowe, but McMahon didn’t like either name. Another team name considered was Swamp Vikings.
In their Raw debut, Erik and Ivar teamed with The Revival to beat Aleister Black & Ricochet and Raw Tag Team Champions Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins.