The timing didn’t work. Every now and then, WWE will throw out some big idea that seems like it is going to change things in a major way. Some of these are a lot better than others but when you get something big, it could be a major event that can take the company a long way. It was the case again this week and if it seems to have been a little rushed, it is probably because it was.

The big story coming out of this week’s Monday Night Raw was the introduction of Raw Underground, which focused on Shane McMahon running an underground fight club. Some other wrestlers got involved over the course of the night but a lot of things felt a bit more unscripted and serious instead of a good chunk of the rest of the show. Things still did not exactly click though and there is a reason for that.

According to Wrestling Observer Radio, Raw Underground was designed as a last minute idea to prevent the television ratings and audience from going even lower than they have in recent weeks. This week’s Monday Night Raw was said to have been more chaotic than usual and the idea was one of the only ideas that was allowed to be used on the show, despite wanting to find out what can stick. There is no word on how long Raw Underground will continue.

Raw Underground was something different. Check out its first week:

Opinion: This is hardly surprising as the company has a history of not exactly knowing where things are going because the whole thing is such a chaotic mess. I’m not sure what kind of a future Raw Underground is going to have but at at least they are trying something else. The show has had so many failed concepts going on as of late that a big idea might be better, though some more development might be what they need most.

What did you think of the idea? How long do you see it lasting? Let us know in the comments below.

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