EC3 was on the ROH Strong podcast this week and he had some interesting things to say about WWE’s Raw Underground segments.
EC3 says the concept was stolen from him. He said, “I knew it was going to be stolen, so I was prepared for it. I didn’t know it’d go to that length, and I know mine played to a minor bubble of the professional wrestling audience while the majority of it saw whatever the hell they put out there. The way I look at it is kind of like I was Wayne’s World. I was producing this show in Aurora, my basement with my buddy Garth. We’ll call him J.C. in this instance, and then Rob Lowe came in, bought us and when I saw Shane McMahon in the ring, not in a real underground, mine was a real underground. [This] manufactured, heartless, desolate studio, I’m looking at Shane and it felt like when Noah was rapping on Wayne’s World after they bought him out. It was just inauthentic and like I said, it had no heart. So I knew something would’ve been taken from it. I didn’t expect the whole aesthetic, and while it upset my friend, J.C. who I worked very hard on with it, at the same time, it’s just a challenge to do something different, better next time which I definitely plan on doing because again, control your narrative, again, Ring of Honor provides freedom. I’m not tied to doing just that. There’s things I want to do in the future and continue that narrative as sort of supplemental content to whatever other places I’m doing things in and I have bold, ambitious views for it. We’ll see if it works out, I think it will.”
During the interview, EC3 also said that he planned on asking for his release before the mass releases in April but he changed his mind because of the pandemic.
The stories about ideas being taken from others are not new. Wrestlers have told stories over the years about ideas being taken and then being used for others on the roster. For example, The Hurt Business was the name used for the team of Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez on an episode of NXT before the idea was transferred to Raw. Heath Slater (Heath Miller) told us that there were ideas that he pitched and he would be put on ice whenever he would get over with an idea that management didn’t come up with. You can listen to Slater’s comments below: