Shane McMahon recently returned to WWE as the mastermind behind Raw Underground, which is essentially an underground fight club where even mid-carder Dolph Ziggler can occasionally choke some fools out.
McMahon appeared on Corey Graves’ After the Bell podcast and discussed why he is so excited for the future of Raw Underground. But first he had to explain why he makes so many strange noises while the fights are going on. It’s because the fights are just so darn thrilling that he gets completely wrapped up in them:
“I was just like ‘Wow!’ I forget a lot of times that they keep my mic live, so I’m like ‘Oh! Oh!’ I’m just calling it. My sons told me, they’re like, ‘Dad, why are you always like ‘Oh! Oh!’? I was like, I didn’t realize I was doing it. I was just reacting to it. So next week I’ll try to be more mindful of the mic. Or maybe people like that part, I don’t know. Again, everything is so fresh and new. We’re trying it all, and [for] anybody watching this, for those that are, it’s important we get feedback. Because we want to continually improve it. Again this is conceptual, and we’re throwing it out there, and it’s important to get feedback on what people like, and more importantly, what they don’t like. And hone it and make it better. That’s the whole goal of it, and we have a great platform to do it.”
Raw Underground is an amusing but largely inconsequential element to WWE’s weekly television thus far, that definitely has potential to grow. It’s nice to see that McMahon welcomes both positive and negative feedback and is looking for ways to improve the concept.
Shane tells a few interesting stories throughout the podcast, such as the fact that Undertaker was the first person who called him about coming back to WWE to wrestle in 2016 (even before Vince McMahon contacted him), what happened to the infamous lockbox from that storyline, and his involvement in the concept of The Fiend. So check out the full interview with Graves if you want to hear all the details.
The interview wraps up with Graves asking Shane about getting the itch for a few more matches. Here’s what Shane had to say about it:
“Never say never, I’ll never say that. It’s not about me right now. It is about developing new talent or talent that is here and giving them a platform. If I can help out and have a good showcase with an up and coming talent, I love being able to do that, or an existing one...I still got a few left in me, I think.”
His enthusiasm for younger talent is refreshing to hear, and makes it seem like maybe Raw would be in good hands if he does indeed take over as the head of creative at some point down the line.
Do you want to see Shane O’Mac between the ropes again, busting out his amazing MMA techniques and jumping off very high places again? And what feedback would you give him for improving Raw Underground?