After a series of cryptic vignettes, on October 4, 2016, it was announced that "SAni†Y" would be part of the second annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, though their identity remained anonymous. On the October 12 episode of NXT, the stable made their debut during the first round of the tournament as four hooded individuals. The first two members to unmask were Alexander Wolfe and Sawyer Fulton, who defeated Tye Dillinger and Bobby Roode, after the latter walked out on his partner. After the match, the other two members were revealed to be Eric Young and Nikki Cross after attacking Dillinger. The following week, Cross made her in-ring debut against Danielle Kamela. Cross won the match, but continued to assault Kamela afterwards, forcing the referee to reverse his decision. On November 2, in the second round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Wolfe and Fulton defeated T.J. Perkins and Kota Ibushi. In the semi finals, on November 9, they were eliminated from the tournament by TM61. At the NXT tapings on November 30, it was teased that Fulton was no longer associated with the group after Eric Young stomped on Fulton's jacket before kicking it out of the ring. Damian O'Connor was teased as a potential new member of the faction after attacking No Way Jose and also stomping on and kicking Fulton's jacket.
On January 18, O'Connor, now using the name Killian Dain, officially joined the group after attacking Tye Dillinger and accepting Fulton's jacket. At NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, Young defeated Dillinger, while Cross was unsuccessful in capturing the NXT Women's Championship in a Fatal 4-Way match won by defending champion Asuka.
The name "SAni†Y" comes from letters from each original members names. "S" for Sawyer Fulton, "A" for Alexander Wolfe, "ni†" for Nikki Cross (the 't' representing a cross), and "Y" for Eric Young.
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