In the latest instalment of Monday Night Raw that WWE aired prior to the Annual Draft, there was a segment in the show's final hour, staging the events that took place in the basements of the Performance Center, which the McMahon federation called Raw Underground.
In these segments, Shane McMahon presented a singular show, where several NXT and WWE main roster athletes went to battle in a black and stringless ring, in some matches without disqualification and without the normal rules of world pro-wrestling, with several protagonists of the ring who have established themselves thanks to the niche show of the Chairman's son, such as Dabba-Kato.
The problem is that many of these athletes, with the closure of Raw Underground, have in fact disappeared from the WWE television screens, such as Arturo Ruas, Riddick Moss or Dabba-Kato himself.
What happened to Dabba-Kato?
According to reports from the pro-wrestling communication site, PW Insider, Dabba-Kato, just like several other little-known athletes such as Arturo Ruas, is said to have been temporarily blocked, because there would be no specific plans for them.
According to WWE's thinking, athletes who are still a little unknown or otherwise rusty with public relations or cameras are usually "grown" in live shows, which are not captured by cameras. The problem is that these shows have not been staged since last February, due to the global pandemic, so the WWE preferred to park on one side all these talents who still have so much to prove but also as much to learn.
As for Ruas, however, the martial arts talent would have been brought back to NXT, where he performed until a few months ago, but the boy would have been injured almost immediately and therefore the reasons for his absence are to be seen from the medical point of view.
. Now it will be necessary to see if the leadership of the federation will come up with something to bring Dabba-Kato back to the scene, perhaps alongside some great Superstars like AJ Styles with his bodyguard or not. Meanwhile, according to Strowman, the temporary move to Raw was his idea.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Strowman revealed that he suggested that his appearance on Raw Underground might help the show's declining TV ratings. "The third hour of Raw sometimes falls off with ratings, so I pitched an idea to bring 'The Monster Among Men' to Raw Underground," said Strowman.
"It's so easy now to watch parts of the show on social media after it happens, but my goal is to get people to watch our live product. That's a huge factor why I went to Raw, which is where I made a name for myself."