WWE Tag-Team Turns Heel On Latest SmackDown

It's been a few months, but this duo are back on WWE SmackDown screens.

The Viking Raiders New Day
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The Viking Raiders returned to WWE TV with a bang on Friday's SmackDown.

Erik and Ivar attacked New Day members Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods as the pair danced in-ring with Shanky. This, seemingly, signifies the Viking pair's first heel turn on the main roster - it's long overdue. The Raiders have been spinning their wheels for far too long since first jumping up from NXT in April 2019.

They've been going through a rinse and repeat series of mini-pushes that ultimately go nowhere, and that became tedious. Now, as heels, they'll hopefully start to dominate the division and work their way back towards those now-Unified Tag-Team straps.

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This was a good start.

A few matches against New Day should help prep The Viking Raiders for a title tilt whenever WWE decides to stip the belts from fellow heels The Usos. Alternatively, wouldn't it be something different if the company decided to cast Erik and Ivar as cold wrecking machines who don't care who they have to mow down?

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The Raiders could certainly do with exorcising the demons of that flopped feud with Jimmy and Jey from earlier this year.

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