Vince McMahon had another idea in mind before he settled on the name for the team formerly known as The War Raiders.
The Viking Experience was actually his second choice. As noted by PWInsider, the original idea was to call them The Berzerkers but that changed as they got closer to their main roster debut.
Long-time fans might remember that John Nord made his WWF debut in 1991 as The Viking for a couple of TV tapings. He wrestled under that name for a few shows before it was changed to The Berzerker.
Let’s hope he never brings back the Gobbledygooker.
On a related note, the JORVIK Viking Centre in York, England issued a statement after their social media timelines were flooded after The Viking Experience debuted on Monday Night Raw.
Check out their response:
We arrived to a full social media inbox this morning… Seems like there are some mixed opinions out there but we can promise @WWENXT fans that you will always get an authentic #VikingExperience here! Maybe @WWE can give us a heads-up next time they change a tag-team name? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/vPGkX4BiBL
— JORVIK Viking Centre (@JorvikViking) April 16, 2019