The latest episode of WWE Monday Night Raw brought to the attention several quite interesting segments. One of the novelties that surprised the WWE Universe is certainly the launch of Raw Underground, a new and particular concept of wrestling where you stay inside a ring without ropes.
Several names have been proposed to lead this project, but in the end it was Shane McMahon who was chosen to lead this new project. We have had several reactions around Raw Underground, but surely the main question everyone is asked is: 'what pushed WWE to launch this new concept of wrestling?'
When did WWE decide to have the RAW Underground concept?
In the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that the choice to launch Raw Underground has depended on the obvious drop in ratings of the red show in recent weeks.
Even according to the journalist, WWE feared to reach the lowest peak in its history in listening and needed to attract viewers with something new and deemed surprising. When was the idea of launching Raw Underground born? Dave Meltzer reported that Vince McMahon had a meeting with the creative team on Wednesday prior to the recent and very important meeting with the investors of the federation.
It was therefore decided to bring about the birth of this new, incredible project. Besides Raw Underground in the next episode of Raw there will be an Angle between the Legend Killer Randy Orton and his mentor Ric Flair, an almost incredible situation given the ancient friendship that binds them.
The reality is that WWE management is trying desperately to increase the number of plays and they are frightened above all by the data on ratings that could arrive in the coming weeks. Here is what Dave Meltzer explained: "The reality is that in WWE there was the possibility of making the worst data ever and therefore it was fundamental to try to do something different.
The situation was serious already before the investor call, but after Vince McMahon and in general the whole creative team was called to change something. In the last episode of Raw there was complete chaos, everyone did as he likes.
WWE has launched several initiatives simultaneously in the hope that eventually something will happen. Next week there will be an Angle that will involve Ric Flair and Randy Orton and the two could get to fight each other."
The WWE management is desperate to increase their dismal viewership figures, and they are also apparently scared of the fans tuning out of the show. RAW Underground, the teasers of a new faction, and various other storyline decisions have been made to boost the ratings.