The Viking Raiders discuss their input on their characters and adding Valhalla to their presentation.
Erik & Ivar are now approaching the seven year mark in their careers with WWE. Although they have wrestled under various tag team names in the company, both Erik and Ivar have been successful, as they have won the Raw Tag Team Championships and the NXT Tag Team Championships.
In a new interview with Fightful, Erik noted that they have been the ones to pitch most of the ideas about things related to their characters and/or presentation throughout their time in WWE.
“It's funny because we get a lot of flack online as far as name changes, costume changes, whatever. We pitched the name Viking Raiders. We pitched the costumes, we designed it and wanted to be in that creative direction for a long time. This current evolution of our characters and current evolution of the look was us. We has concept art drawn and presented it to creative. We had gear made and that was okay'd. We brought it forth to TV. There is so much that happens backstage, you have no idea. We love the new direction, we love the new look. The energy, especially with Valhalla now. It's presented in a way that suits the look and feels more true to who we are.”
Erik also went on to talk about adding Valhalla (Sarah Logan) to their presentation and how it all came together.
“I don't exactly remember who made the initial call. 'What if the Vikings had a priestess?' That was kind of a natural...once that idea was out there, people were like, 'Could we get Sarah? Do you think she would want to do that?' Of course, I shoot her a text, and she was interested. 'Yeah, you probably want to give her a call. You never know how it's going to go.' She starts talking and just like our characters and costumes, she designed the look. The feel, the energy, the makeup, all this stuff. A lot of it was just stuff she already had. She's already into that stuff. It wasn't a big stretch for her. It just happened that way where once the doors cracked, it's a natural fit and no resistance."