This week’s episode of Monday Night Raw featured the debut of “Raw Underground”, a concept that if nothing else, has the wrestling world talking, and that includes John Cena (and us here at AIPT). Part Fight Club, part Brawl For All, the idea of an underground fighting ring taking place beneath the Performance Center may take some time to mature and find its footing, but to Cena, Raw Underground is an opportunity.
In a new interview with Newsweek, the 16-time world champion was asked about his thoughts on Raw Underground, which he sees as “an opportunity”:
[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.
He went on to compare that embrace of the unknown to the legendary rise of WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin:
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 of, 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.
Do you agree with John Cena? Are you willing to give Raw Underground a chance, and will anybody be able to seize the opportunity? Let us know in the comments.
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