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The Viking Experience almost debuted with a different name

The Viking Experience

The NXT Tag Team Champions surprised the WWE Universe on Monday Night Raw when they debuted in an 8-man tag team match. However, fans were left scratching their heads at the sudden name change for the duo, as the War Raiders Hanson and Rowe were now called the Viking Experience.

Dubbed Ivar and Erik, the team picked up a victory in their first night on the main roster, teaming with the Revival to defeat Aleister Black & Ricochet and Raw Tag Team Champions Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder. Still, the name change plagued the minds of the fans, as Twitter was flooded with confusion and complaints. Well, it turns out the Viking Experience almost debuted with a different name.

According to PWInsider, the Viking Experience almost debuted as “The Bezerkers,” a nod to the Berserker, an early 1990s WWF gimmick played by John Nord.

Would you have preferred the original plan, or do you think the Viking Experience is a step up? Let us know in the comments below.


  • Keith Learmonth

    It had nothing to do with the word “War.”
    They were literally yelling “War! War! War!” with the crowd during their entrance.

  • CC

    Neither of those names has any merit, but Bezerkers sounds better than bloody Viking Experience.
    If it was really about the whole “War” thing, surely they could have just shortened their name (their favourite tactic) to just The Raiders or at a push called them The Viking Raiders, which sounds better than “Experience”.
    What I do not get though, is if it is about the word “War”, how come Ember Moon was announced as the War Goddess on Smackdown this week? And how come they had their individual names changed as well?

    This name change has nothing to do with the connotations of war and everything to do with Vince’s mentality.
    Plus if you think about it, is the Viking name and gimmick any better? Vikings were not exactly known to be lovely human beings with their penchant for pillaging and raping.