On last week's episode of Monday Night Raw, Shane McMahon returned to WWE TV after 10 months away and introduced the audience at home to Raw Underground, a shoot-style fight club where wrestlers fight in a ropeless ring while women in bikinis dance in the background.
John Cena was asked about the concept during a recent interview with Phillip Martinez at Newsweek and Big Match John said Raw Underground was ultimately an opportunity for every Superstar on the roster to elevate themselves in the company, similar to Steve Austin when he became Stone Cold.
Cena stated: "[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."