WWE Weekly 5: Superstars Who Should Host Saturday Night Live
SNL is one of television's longest and most beloved institutions. It has been the breeding ground for some of today's top comedic names.
Adam Sandler, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are all comedy heavyweights who got their start on Lorne Michaels' sketch comedy show.
From that first show when George Carlin hosted until now we have seen a variety of hosts grace the stage. From actors to comedians to athletes to politicians, SNL has welcomed them all.
WWE has also broken into the world of sketch comedy through Saturday Night Live. The Rock has hosted the show and other WWE superstars have appeared in skits.
John Cena provided a three-second cameo once for Tracy Morgan's hosting gig as a security guard who Morgan knocked over to get into the building.
There are other past and present WWE superstars who would make excellent hosts as well. Here I will list the five people best suited for the job in this week's WWE Weekly 5.
John Cena would be one of the more obvious choices for the job. He is already acting, he is known for his humor on WWE TV and is probably willing to look silly in front of the camera.
He has been a regular in WWE's media spots with talk-show appearances, interviews and even a one off SNL appearance in a 30-second cameo.
Cena is known world wide and would certainly bring in a large portion of WWE's audience to SNL and might also make a few fans of SNL tune into WWE.
If Cena was ever approached, I am sure he would agree. Sorry for the video quality, it's the best I could find.
Santino might not be a household name, but to WWE fans he is known as the resident comedy character. He is always "on" when the cameras turn to him, and he has really grown on me over the past few years.
If Santino is happy with his spot in WWE, then I am happy to see him continue his antics. Not every WWE match can be a wrestling clinic; sometimes we need insanity, it's why we watch WWE.
Santino is already being used in sketch-comedy situations on a weekly basis and it is clear he is willing to do anything for a laugh.
He would fit right in with SNL's cast of goofy ethnic characters and because his Italian accent is more than a little false, he could play more than just the bumbling Italian.
We all know Steve Austin is firmly set in his career in Hollywood, and hosting SNL would not be out of the question for him.
If Austin is looking to branch out from action, then this could help him do it. Austin has decent acting chops, and his comedy skills are understated.
I think there is a multitude of things they could do with Austin that would be hilarious, and if he is willing to look like a fool, then the possibilities are even more.
I think Austin could be decent as a host, certainly better than some of the other athlete hosts. I'm talking to you, Charles Barkley.
Retired superstar Shawn Michaels would be a great choice to host SNL. He has proven over the years through his DX antics that he has a good sense of humor, and he is looking to branch out from wrestling now that he is done.
He has a show and some endorsement deal as well as numerous media appearances, but if he is looking to follow in the footsteps of other stars like Rock, Austin and Hogan and move into acting, then hosting SNL would be the right move.
He might not be as high-profile outside the ring as guys like Austin and Rocky, but I think he has the acting and comedic ability to pull it off.
This is one of the more unlikely choices, but it would probably be pretty enjoyable to watch.
Foley is an aspiring actor, best-selling author, amateur comedian and wrestling legend. SNL would be a nice addition to his list of ventures outside the ring.
He is already trying his hand at comedy by doing the occasional stand-up appearance and he has been used in comedy skits by WWE for years.
I think Foley would be well-known enough by people outside of wrestling to justify him hosting the show, especially if he ever gets a major film role or TV part.
I like what Foley brings to the table in terms of entertainment, and I am sure he would do well if ever given the chance to host SNL.
What WWE superstars, past and present, do you think would make good hosts for SNL?
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