Raw Underground’s debut this week drew a lot of opinions from both wrestling fans and those within the industry, including John Cena in a new interview.
During an interview with Newsweek about the returning SyFy series “Dallas and Robo,” Cena was asked for his thoughts on the inaugural edition of Raw Underground.
“[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,” he said. “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.”
For those who maybe missed it, the Underground segments this week spotlighted Dabba Kato (aka NXT wrestler Babatunde), Erik of the Viking Raiders and Dolph Ziggler.
Cena went on to further explain what he meant by this being an opportunity for talent with a comparison to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and how his famous character was born.
“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,” he explained.
“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.”