The Iconics promo was so poorly acted and didn't sound the least bit natural. Just felt like someone reciting lines. I'm surprised people liked it. I thought it was cringeworthy.
Thank goodness somebody else finally sees what I was seeing. I totally don't get the praise for those two.
Poorly acted and unnatural is a perfect description of the vibe I've gotten from those two since their debut in NXT. To me (and this is just my opinion) they've always come across like they're pretending to be Professional Wrestlers - just goofy and fake, and not genuine at all. I was really surprised they got called up as soon as they did, since I thought they probably needed another good 9 months to a year of promo training in NXT. Whenever they came on screen in NXT I always had the overwhelming urge to not watch them. If you look at the difference between them and somebody like Alexa Bliss it's like night and day. It's times like this that the loss of Dusty Rhodes and his promo classes in NXT are probably most evident. I don't think you can teach charisma, you either have it or you don't. But you can teach convincing promo delivery, and those two just don't have it yet, in my opinion.
I've mentioned this a number of times on Twitter and other places. TK provided a really good summary. I honestly don't see the appeal of The IIconics unless the appeal is some un-ironic meta deconstruction of the post 2011 'inside baseball' heel archetype. The women are walking SNL sketch parodies of GLOW. It just doesn't work for me.