WWE decided to experiment with a “fight club” called Raw Underground, but it appears that experiment has been quickly ended.
WWE Raw Underground looked like it could be a successful, change of pace from the usual action on Monday nights. The brainchild of Shane McMahon, who presided over the show as commentator, Raw Underground was designed as a ploy to help spike the ratings in an effort to try something new.
At one point, it looked like Raw Underground would have a higher chance of being successful than RETRIBUTION. But now that we haven’t seen these segments in weeks while Mustafa Ali has been revealed as RETRIBUTION’s leader, the tables have definitely turned.
Dave Meltzer reports in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Raw Underground “is considered done” at this time. [H/T to WrestlingInc.com’s Sai Mohan]
At first, Raw Underground stopped airing due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the company, but Meltzer says that now, those producers are working again but are simply not producing content for the show.
WWE Raw Underground appears to be the latest abandoned idea
It’s an abrupt end to a promising part of Raw that was different from the rest of the show and had potential with the addition of stakes. Having the same matches over and over again with no payoff would have been nihilistic, of course, but Raw Underground did have potential.
Maybe WWE will bring the concept back at a later date, but it appears that, post-draft, this idea is over. It’s shame, too, because the last Raw Underground match between Braun Strowman and Dabba-Kato was quite good, hyped up well, and involved promotion in the ring outside of the underground atmosphere.
Of course, WWE fans aren’t surprised if Raw Underground has been canceled. People were already taking bets on how long it would last when it debuted, knowing that WWE has quite the track record of giving up on ideas quickly without truly trying to see if they can succeed.