Cassie McIntosh (November 10, 1992) is an Australian professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under the ring name Peyton Royce, performing on the Raw brand. In WWE, Royce is one-half of The IIconics tag team with Billie Kay. Both Kay and Royce are former Women's Tag Team Champions.
In February 2009, McIntosh made her professional wrestling debut at Pro Wrestling Women's Alliance (PWWA) as KC Cassidy, and would compete on the independent circuit with multiple promotions for several years, becoming a one-time PWA Women's Champion, and winning the Vera and Jenny Memorial Cup in support of breast cancer. McIntosh signed a contract with WWE in 2015, and was assigned to WWE's NXT in Orlando, Florida.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 1.1 Australian Promotions
- 1.2 American Promotions
- 1.3 World Wrestling Entertainment
- 2 Personal life
- 3 In wrestling
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 External links
Professional wrestling career
Professional Wrestling Alliance (2009-2013)
Cassidy trained under the instructions of Lance Storm. She debuted for Professional Wrestling Alliance on February 28th at PWA Only The Strong, teaming with Robbie Eagles in defeating Madison Eagles & Mike Valuable. On March 7th at PWA Wrestlepalooza 2009, she lost to Jessie McKay. She met McKay one year later on March 5th at PWA Only The Strong 2010, for the PWWA Women's Championship, in a match won by McKay. At PWA Theory Of Revolution on June 4th she teamed with Madison Eagles to defeat Jessie McKay & Kellie Skater. On July 2nd at PWA Payback IV, Cassidy and Eagles teamed with Shazza McKenzie to face Harley Wonderland, Jessie McKay & Kellie Skater in a six-women tag match that ended in no contest. Three months later on October 1, Cassidy defeated Harley Wonderland at PWA Red October. On November 5th Cassidy won a singles match against on Night 1 of PWA King Of The New School Tournament 2010 Night 1. She beat McKay for the second straight time on Night 2 of PWA King Of The New School Tournament 2010. At PWA Unwritten Law on January 7, 2011, Cassidy lost to Madison Eagles in a title match for the PWA Women's Championship. She went on to defeat McKay at PWA Untitled on March 4th. At PWA The Art Of War, on April 1st, Cassidy defeated Bombshell Bo. On May 6th at PWA Street Fight, Cassidy triumphed over frequent rival Jessie McKay. Cassidy and Jessie McKay would meet in three-way competition against Bombshell Bo at PWA Showdown, with McKay walking away with the victory. On July 8th at PWA Call To Arms 2011, Cassidy teamed with Matt Bailey in a mixed tag match losing against Jessie McKay & Robbie Eagles. At PWA Worlds Ablaze Cassidy & Madison Eagles lost to Jessie McKay & Shazza McKenzie. Three months later, at PWA King Of The New School 2011 - Night 1, Cassidy lost to Shazza McKenzie. Cassidy returned to PWA in October, winning against TJ Star at PWWA Evie Vs. Skater III on October 6, 2012. She returned to PWA a half year later on June 1st 2013 at PWA Wreck-It Ryan, defeating Jessie McKay. On August 3rd, Cassidy defeated Toni Storm at PWWA Champions United. At PWA A League Of Her Own Cassidy lost to Shazza McKenzie, marking her final match for PWA.
Melbourne City Wrestling (2011-2014)
Cassidy debuted on June 20, 2011 at MCW Pick Your Poison. At this event, she defeated Tenille Tayla, Eliza Sway & Shazza McKenzie. On October 22, at MCW Wrestle Clash Cassidy defeated Shazza McKenzie. On February 24, 2012 at MCW Silva Vs. Slex II, Cassidy lost to Sway. On March 30th Cassidy defeated Savannah Summers at MCW Tension Rising. At MCW At The Dragonfly - Night 1 on April 27th, Cassidy defeated Kellie Skater. At MCW Return Of The RyRo, Cassidy lost to Savannah Summers. On September 28th at MCW Grand Final Eve Showdown 2, Cassidy defeated Miami. At MCW At The Dragonfly - Night 2, Cassidy defeated Miami once more. On November 16th, Cassidy avenged her previous defeat against Savannah Summers, with a victory at MCW Worlds Collide. On February 22, 2013, at MCW Uprising, Cassidy teamed with Mr. Juicy defeated Andrew Phoenix & Zoe O'Neill. On April 13th, Cassidy defeated Eliza Sway and Savannah Summers in a three-way match at MCW Clash Of The Titans. On May 11th, Cassidy took part in a mixed 20-member Battle Royal won by Carlo Cannon at MCW Ballroom Brawl. Later at that same event, Cassidy teamed with Mr. Juicy to defeat Sean Kustom & Shazza McKenzie. On July 13th, Cassidy & Mr. Juicy teamed again in a winning mixed tag match against Johnny Barnes & Siren Monroe MCW Fight To Survive. On August 10th, Cassidy & Mr. Juicy teamed in a losing tag match against Elliot Sexton & Kellie Skater MCW Winter Warfare. On October 5, at MCW Third Year Extravaganza, Cassidy defeated Kellie Skater. At MCW Final Battle on November 30th, Cassidy defeated Siren Monroe. On February 22, 2014 at MCW Vendetta, Cassidy, The Cremator & Tommy Hellfire lost to Hard Way Inc. (Jay Andrews & Mike Burr) & Miami in a six-member tag team match. Four months later, on 14 June at MCW New Horizons, Miami defeated Cassidy. At MCW Fight To Survive on August 30th, Cassidy and Kelly Anne wrestled to a no-contest finish. On September 11th at MCW NEXTmania, Cassidy defeated Siren Monroe. At MCW Fourth Anniversary Extravaganza, Cassidy won a three-way match against Miami and Toni Storm. On November 23, 2014 at MCW Fight For A Cause, Cassidy again beat Miami, this time during a First Round match in a Jenny & Vera Memorial Cup Tournament. She later on won three-way Cup final against Evie and Toni Storm. She finished out 2014 in MCW with a victory over Madison Eagles at MCW Final Battle 2014.
New Horizons Pro Wrestling (2011)
On November 25th, Cassidy debuted at NHPW Final Chapter - Night 1 teaming with Percy T in a losing match against Chris Vice & Sara Del Rey. On November 26th at NHPW Final Chapter - Night 2, Cassidy lost a Number 1 Contender Match for the IndyGurlz Australia Championship, losing to Del Ray.
Riot City Wrestling (2012)
Wrestle Rampage (2013-2014)
On March 23rd, Cassidy again lost to Savannah Summers, at ZERO1 Australia Zero Tolerance event. She came back from defeat later that year in November at ZERO1 Australia Wrestle Rampage II, winning her singles match against Jessie McKay. On August 1, 2014 at WR Fallout, it was McKay who picked up a victory over Cassidy.
At SHIMMER Women Athletes Vol. 67 Cassidy teamed with Bambi Hall in a losing tag team match against The Kimber Bombs (Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee). At SHIMMER Vol. 70 both Cassidy and Hall would suffer a second lost this time to the team of Allysin Kay & Taylor Made.
SHINE Wrestling (2014)
World Wrestling Entertainment
McIntosh received a tryout with WWE during their tour of Australia in August 2014. On April 13, 2015, WWE announced McIntosh as part of a new class of NXT trainees. She made her televised in–ring debut on the May 15th episode of NXT, using the KC Cassidy name in a loss to the NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks. On the July 22nd episode of NXT, McIntosh competed as Cassie in a match against Eva Marie, in which she was defeated. On August 7th, she was given the new ring name Peyton Royce. After competing in most of her matches on NXT as a face, Royce competed on her first match as a heel on the December 9th episode of NXT, losing to the NXT Women's Champion Bayley in a non-title match. On the January 13, 2016 episode of NXT, Royce competed in a number one contender's battle royal for Bayley's NXT Women's Championship, which was won by Carmella.
In October, Royce formed an alliance with Billie Kay, later dubbed as The Iconic Duo. The duo subsequently entered a feud with Liv Morgan, which culminated in a six woman tag team match on the November 23rd episode of NXT, in which Morgan, Aliyah, and Ember Moon defeated Royce, Kay, and Daria Berenato. In the end of December, Kay and Royce were placed in a brief feud with the NXT Women's Champion Asuka after the latter stated there is no competition for her. On January 28, 2017 at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, Royce competed in a fatal–four-way match against Kay, Nikki Cross, and Asuka, in which Royce failed to capture the NXT Women's Championship. Shortly after that, in the end of February, Royce defeated Ember Moon and Liv Morgan in a triple–threat to earn another opportunity at Asuka's NXT Women's Championship, which she once again failed to win. Throughout the year, Royce continued to rack up victories over competitors like Aliyah, Sarah Logan, and Ruby Riot. On October 11 Peyton Royce defeated Liv Morgan and Nikki Cross to enter a fatal four-way match for the NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, which was won by Ember Moon. Royce made her first main roster appearance on 8 April 2018 at WrestleMania 34, competing along with several other NXT superstars as a part of the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal where she was eliminated by the Riott Squad's Sarah Logan. That month proved to be Royce's final month in NXT after she and Billie Kay wrestled a tag match during the April 21st NXT house show.
Royce and Kay, now dubbed The IIconics debuted on the April 10th episode of SmackDown and attacked SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair after she cut a promo about her match at WrestleMania 34. The IIconics wrestled and won their first match during the April 24th episode of SmackDown, defeating Asuka & Becky Lynch. They returned the following month during the May 1st episode of SmackDown, teaming with Carmella in a tag match lost to Asuka, Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair. The IIconics returned the following month on the June 12 episode of SmackDown, teaming with Carmella, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville in a tag match lost to Asuka, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Lana & Naomi. The team later returned on the July 10th episode of SmackDown in a dark tag match lost to Becky Lynch & Naomi.
The IIconics returned on the August 7th episode of SmackDown, where they lost a tag match to Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair. After meeting likes of Lynch, Flair and Asuka in a series of tag matches during house shows, Royce returned on the August 21st episode of SmackDown, where she won her first singles match, defeating Naomi. During the September 4th episode of Smackdown, Royce lost to Naomi in a rematch. Royce returned on the October 2nd episode of Smackdown in her third singles match, losing to Asuka. On 6 October at WWE Super Show-Down, The IIconics defeated Asuka & Naomi in a tag match. On October 21 at the WWE Supershow, The IIconics teamed with Becky Lynch in a tag match lost to Asuka, Carmella & Charlotte Flair. On October 28, Royce wrestled in the first annual Evolution pay-per-view in a 20-Women Battle Royal eventually won by Nia Jax.
On the November 20 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics interrupted an in-ring promo by Charlotte Flair. Flair had just been fined $100,000 for putting her hands on officials during an assault on Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series. The IIconics talked down Flair’s actions but Flair was in no mood for their antics. Flair would challenge one of the IIconics to a match and would defeat Kay. Flair then challenged Royce immediately. It appeared Flair was going to defeat Royce too until Kay caused the disqualification. Flair would reverse the post-match beat-down and began handily throwing both IIconics around ringside. On the January 15, 2019 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics interrupted a confrontation between Becky Lynch & Asuka, declaring their intent on winning both the Royal Rumble match and the recently announced WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship. Royce then lost a match to Lynch. On January 27, at Royal Rumble 2019, Royce competed in her first Royal Rumble match entering at #9. The IIconics would eliminate Nikki Cross before being eliminated themselves by Lacey Evans a few minutes later. On February 2, in an online exclusive video, The IIconics confirmed they would be competing in the Elimination Chamber match to crown the Women’s Tag Team Champions. On the February 5 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics competed in a Triple Threat Tag Team match against the two other SmackDown teams announced for the Chamber: Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville) and the pairing of Carmella & Naomi. Fire & Desire won the match when Rose pinned Naomi. The following week, on the February 12 episode of SmackDown, a rematch was held with a stipulation added: the losing team would enter the Elimination Chamber first. Naomi would pin Rose this time. On February 17, at Elimination Chamber 2019, The IIconics competed for the newly minted WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship inside the Elimination Chamber structure. The IIconics were the second team to be released from the pod and managed to eliminate Carmella & Naomi. Kay & Royce attempted to hide from the team of Nia Jax & Tamina by locking themselves back inside a pod but it was in vain and The IIconics were eliminated by the Samoans. The match would be won by the Boss 'n' Hug Connection (Bayley & Sasha Banks).
On the March 12 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics verbally chided Bayley & Sasha Banks for not appearing on SmackDown since winning the Tag Team Championship despite the fact the title holders can appear across all 3 brands. The next week on the March 19 edition of SmackDown, the Boss 'n' Hug Connection did indeed show-up and faced Royce & Kay in a non-title tag team match. A match which was won by The IIconics. On March 25 on WWE.com, a Fatal Four Way match at WrestleMania for the Women’s Tag Team Championship was announced involving Boss 'n' Hug Connection, The IIconics, Nia Jax & Tamina and The Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix & Natalya). On the April 1 episode of RAW, The IIconics had their first match on the red brand, teaming with Jax & Tamina in a losing effort to Bayley, Banks, Natalya & Phoenix. On the April 2 episode of SmackDown, Royce & Kay had an in-ring promo explaining why they’re going to become Tag Team Champions at WrestleMania. On April 7, at WrestleMania 35, The IIconics would win the Fatal Four Way to become the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Royce would pull Phoenix out of the ring after a second-rope Glam Slam on Bayley allowing Kay to steal the pinfall.
On the April 9 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics claimed to be fighting champions and successfully defended the Tag Team Championship against local competitors. Paige watched from backstage and promised to bring a credible team of her own next week. On the April 16 episode of SmackDown, Paige’s team turned-out to be a pairing of Asuka and NXT call-up Kairi Sane, who would later be known collectively as The Kabuki Warriors. The IIconics would team with Fire & Desire in an eight-man tag team match losing to Asuka, Sane, Bayley & Ember Moon. Over the next few months, The IIconics were largely directionless with a teased title defense against the Kabuki Warriors not materializing. They would, however, have a successful title defense against Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross on the June 17 episode of RAW. On the July 16 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics finally did defend against Asuka & Sane but Kay & Royce got themselves intentionally counted-out, thus retaining the championship. It was more of the same on the July 30 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics were originally scheduled to face Fire & Desire and if the latter team won, they would earn a title shot. The match didn’t happen. On the August 5 episode of RAW, The IIconics put their Tag Team Championship on the line in a Fatal Four Way Elimination match against Bliss & Cross, Fire & Desire and The Kabuki Warriors. The IIconics were the first team eliminated ending their reign at 120-days. Bliss & Cross would ultimately win the match. The IIconics would fail to recapture the Tag Team Championship from Bliss & Cross on the SummerSlam 2019 Kick-Off Show on August 11. Following this, McIntosh would take time-off to wed Ronald Arneill (AEW’s Shawn Spears).
The IIconics returned on an episode of Main Event which aired on Hulu Plus on September 11. They defeated the uneasy pairing of Dana Brooke & Sarah Logan. Although it was never specifically stated, Royce potentially suffered an injury during this match and The IIconics would disappear from TV once again.
On the October 16 edition of The Bump, it was revealed The IIconics had been drafted to RAW as part of the 2019 WWE Draft. After returning to in-ring competition on the Australian Tour the previous week, The IIconics would make their return to television on the October 28 episode of RAW, losing to Charlotte Flair & Natalya. On the November 18 episode of RAW, The IIconics would interrupt a promo by RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Kay & Royce voiced their displeasure at being left off of the Survivor Series team and a lack of opportunities in general. This led to a tag team match that saw Lynch team with Charlotte to defeat The IIconics. Following this defeat, The IIconics disappeared from TV for undisclosed reasons.
After a near six-month absence, The IIconics returned on the May 11 2020 episode of RAW as surprise guests on A Moment of Bliss. The IIconics demanded a title shot from hosts and Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross but Bliss declined stating The IIconics had to earn it first. This led to a non-title tag team match which The IIconics won with their new finisher the Fall from Grace. The IIconics would get their championship match the following week on the May 18 episode of RAW. However, Royce got overzealous and was disqualified for continuously driving Bliss into the corner. During a backstage argument, Billie Kay slapped Royce for her mistake before immediately apologizing and hugging her friend. On the May 25 edition of RAW, The IIconics had a confrontation with Bliss & Cross. They claimed that Cross was riding the coat-tails of Bliss which elicited a fiery response from Cross. Cross let The IIconics know how hard she worked to get to WWE and that Alexa befriended her when she felt all alone in a foreign country. A brawl ensued with The IIconics leaving on top. On June 8, it was announced that the Women’s Tag Team Champions Bayley & Sasha Banks (who defeated Bliss & Cross on SmackDown), would defend their newly won crown in a Triple Threat match at Backlash against both The IIconics and Bliss & Cross. On that night’s episode of RAW, The IIconics and Bayley & Banks competed in a non-title Triple Threat Tag Team match which was won by the pairing of Asuka & Charlotte Flair. Later that night, Asuka & Flair wrestled each other. Bayley & Banks provided commentary until The IIconics attacked them from the crowd. On June 14, at Backlash 2020, the Triple Threat match ended with Banks pinning Bliss to retain. The next on the June 15 episode of RAW, The IIconics defeated Liv Morgan & Natalya before calling-out Bayley & Banks, issuing a challenge for a title match next week, Bayley & Banks did not appear. Later that night, however, Bayley & Banks had an in-ring celebration of Bayley’s birthday. The IIconics interrupted this, wanting an answer to their earlier request. An exchange of words led to Royce slapping Banks prompting Bayley to accept the match. On the June 22 edition of RAW, The IIconics failed in their third attempt to recapture the Tag Team Championship since their return with Bayley & Banks retaining.
On the June 29 episode of RAW, The IIconics began a feud with Ruby Riott. They made fun of Riott’s unsuccessful attempts to rekindle her relationship with former Riott Squad teammate Liv Morgan. Royce recorded a singles victory over Riott later that night. The following week on the July 6 episode of RAW, Royce was in Billie Kay’s corner as she also defeated Riott in singles action. On July 13, Riott teamed-up with Bianca Belair, whom had defeated both IIconics in singles matches on Main Event in recent weeks. Belair continued her dominance over Royce & Kay by winning the match for her team. The following week on the July 20 edition of RAW, Kay was absent, leaving Royce to face Riott in a fair one-on-one match which Riott won. In the process, Royce became the first person to be pinned by Riott in 17-months. On the August 3 episode of RAW, The IIconics interrupted the Kevin Owens Show in which Owens was attempting to have Riott & Morgan reconcile. Owens did not appreciate the interruption and told The IIconics to leave. Both IIconics then slapped him. Owens asked for assistance from Riott & Morgan who then tackled Royce & Kay. An impromptu tag team match was made which was won by the former Riott Squad. In the following weeks, Royce would secure consecutive singles victories over the Squad; Morgan on August 10 and then Riott on August 17. On August 30, on the Kick-Off of Payback 2020, The IIconics faced Riott & Morgan in a tag team match. There were still some trust issues lingering within the Squad and Royce & Kay tried their best to turn Morgan against Riott throughout the match. Morgan almost walked-out on Riott, however, she would return for the hot tag and eventually help her team win the match. The next night on the August 31 episode of RAW, a rematch took place with much higher stakes: the winners would become #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship; the losers must disband. The Riott Squad won the match, leaving The IIconics huddled together in the ring in tears. Later that night, Royce appeared alongside Kay as a spectator on RAW Underground. Royce threw Kay into the ring against her will and watched as her former partner was beaten-up by Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir.
One week after their forced break-up, The IIconics faced each other in singles action on the September 7 episode of RAW. Billie Kay was initially a little upset at Royce’s betrayal on RAW Underground the previous week but the encounter was mostly friendly competition. Royce would win the match and help Kay up after the bell, hugging her. On the September 21 episode of RAW, despite not being allowed to team together anymore, Kay still managed Royce during a non-title match with RAW Women’s Champion Asuka which ended in disqualification when Asuka’s rival Zelina Vega interfered. On the October 7 episode of Main Event, The IIconics faced-off in another friendly singles match in which Royce was once again victorious. The IIconics were officially separated during the 2020 WWE Draft. Royce was retained by RAW, while Kay initially went undrafted on TV but was later assigned to SmackDown.
Following the draft, Royce began teaming with Lacey Evans. Evans was more warm to the idea of teaming with Royce but Royce wanted nothing to do with Lacey, maintaining that Billie Kay was the only woman she wishes to have as a tag partner. On the October 26 episode of RAW, both Royce & Evans competed in a Fatal Four Way match to join Team RAW for Survivor Series. Royce dominated most of the encounter but it was Lana who would win the match which also involved Nikki Cross. However, on the November 16 episode of RAW, Shayna Baszler brutalized fellow team member Mandy Rose and later that night Reckoning took-out Dana Brooke. This left two spots opened that Royce & Evans filled. On November 22, at Survivor Series 2020, Royce was a member of Team RAW alongside Evans, Lana, Baszler & Nia Jax. Team SmackDown was comprised of Bayley, Bianca Belair, Natalya, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott. Royce hit SmackDown Team Captain Bayley with the Déjà Vu and scored the shocking first elimination. Her glory was short lived as Natalya eliminated Royce by submission shortly after. Lana would go on to be the sole survivor winning the match for Team RAW.
McIntosh is currently married to fellow professional wrestler Shawn Spears.
- Finishing moves
- As Peyton Royce
- Venus Fly-Trap Suplex / Peyton-Plex (Fisherman's Suplex)
- Gory neckbreaker
- Deja Vu (Spinning brainbuster)
- As KC Cassidy
- Legsweep DDT
- As Peyton Royce
- Signature moves
- Corner foot choke
- Forward Russian legsweep
- Hey Mickey (Tiger feint kick to the head of an opponent draped over the second rope)
- Kneeling jawbreaker
- With Billie Kay
- Double team finishing moves
- Knee strike to the head of an opponent held in a wheelbarrow position
- Running one-handed bulldog dropped into kneeling knee
- Double team signature moves
- Double arm winger followed by a back kick to the opponent's midsection and back
- Double suplex
- Double team finishing moves
- "The Venus Fly Trap (of NXT)"
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated