Even folks who are already on-board with the Raw Underground concept WWE introduced this past Monday (Aug. 3) admit there are several questions they’d like answered about Shane McMahon’s fight club.
The initial television numbers were promising, and that means the creative team will have a chance to answer those on the next few episodes of Raw. But if they don’t, future Hall of Famer John Cena thinks that’s a good thing - at least for the talent.
That’s what he told Newsweek, in a very John Cena quote given while being interviewed about his adult cartoon, Dallas & Robo (which is getting a second life on SyFy after its initial run on the failed YouTube Red subscription service):
“[Raw Underground] is an opportunity. I think any paradigm shift, any big announcement, anything in that world that is ever-changing, constantly-pivoting, there is always a search for growth. It’s an opportunity, that’s exactly what it is. So, I think it needs a little bit of time to find itself. And in all things if it lacks creative definition from the top, I really hope performers embrace the unknown and they define it.
“A great example of that is Steve Austin. Steve Austin wasn’t told to be Steve Austin, but he was given a chance to speak and Stone Cold Steve Austin came out of that, and then the power of the WWE sent this dude’s personality out to everybody. That’s where we get one if not the greatest WWE superstars of all time in Stone Cold Steve Austin. So I see a lot of opportunities like that. You have this newer thing not a lot of people know what all of it is and that is the absolute best for anyone that is going to be in front of the camera because they can define it and they can take advantage of the opportunity.”
MVP and The Hurt Business shined on the first edition of Raw Underground in pretty much the exact way Cena described. Will it be the platform from which more Superstars propel themselves to a better position? Or will the lack of definition doom the whole enterprise?
We’ll see starting next Monday.