Raw Underground To Undergo Changes

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After seven consecutive weeks, Raw Underground took an unexpected break from WWE television this past Monday.

According to Dave Meltzer and The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the show which fuses Mixed Martial Arts with a worked-shoot-style has not finished and upon its return will undergo changes.

Like many notable disappearances from WWE television, Raw Underground has suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic with the reason given being that those Performance Centre wrestlers who would have filled the audience have been in contact with people who tested positive for the virus.

With not enough bodies to fill the audience, WWE decided that it was best to leave the show off of Raw rather than churn it out with no one to watch.

The inclusion of Raw Underground, originally introduced and hosted by Shane McMahon, has given the red brand a different feel in recent weeks with its gritty setting, naturalistic feel and raunchy dancers which separate it from Monday Night Raw.

While many known WWE names have appeared on the show such as Billie Kay, The Hurt Business, Erik of The Viking Raiders and Dolph Ziggler, arguably it’s biggest success has been spotlighting former NXT talent Babatunde who WWE renamed Dabba-Kato.

Dabba-Kato’s rivalry with WWE Friday Night SmackDown Superstar and former WWE Universal Champion, Braun Strowman, in recent weeks has been one of the biggest feuds of Raw Underground’s short lifespan.

Though it is unclear what changes the programme will undergo, it will be interesting to see how WWE update a still relatively new concept and keep it chugging along.