Shane McMahon had introduced RAW Underground, which saw street style fights and the segment took place during Monday Night Raw.
Arturo Ruas, who is currently a part of Diamond Mine stable on NXT, had an interview with The Wrestling Inc. Daily. He spoke about RAW Underground.
Arturo Ruas explains why Shane McMahon stopped RAW Underground
Ruas has a combat sports background which was a big factor in his involvement on RAW Underground, which is now disbanded. Triple H Offers Former WWE Champion New Contract
He also opened up on the initial plans of the segment but he named COVID-19 pandemic to be the reason behind it getting disbanded.
Here is what he had to say:
“I, like you, knew of this stuff as they are happening. I heard that they were bringing up a show that is going to have some street fight vibes,” Jaoude revealed. “They were bringing people in with legit backgrounds to have a different layout of a match. They took down the ropes and they said to bring some street clothes to wear and to have street vibes, and I already got it. So when I came to RAW and I saw it, I was like, okay, I got it. It’ll be kind of real and all the matches were short and the interactions were real, you had to 100%.
That was RAW Underground. RAW Underground was totally different than what we see in pro wrestling matches. I had so much fun doing it, and I had the opportunity to talk with a lot of people and that was very good to be there. I had so much fun on the show. It was supposed to be non-stop, running all the time, but the pandemic sucks, and the pandemic changed the lives of millions of people. So RAW Underground died because of the pandemic.”
It is unlikely that WWE will ever bring back RAW Underground, which got a mixed reaction from the fans and wrestling pundits.