Shane McMahon introduced Raw Underground on Monday, a new concept brought to the Monday night flagship. Raw Underground blends wrestling with MMA as competitors battle in a "shoot fight" that takes place in a no-roped ring. Wrestlers such as Dolph Ziggler and Erik of the Viking Raiders competed on Monday.
John Cena will never be seen on Raw Underground, but he did give his thoughts on the concept.
"[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," Cena told Newsweek. "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."
Cena has not been seen on WWE TV since WrestleMania 36 where he may or may not have died in the Firefly Fun House match against Bray Wyatt.
His animated series "Dallas and Robo" is coming to Syfy on August 8.