On the recent "Blast from the Past" episode of SmackDown, fans were treated to a heated verbal showdown between "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Daniel Bryan on a special edition of Piper's Pit.
As Piper made his way to the ring, Josh Mathews summed up what makes each Superstar's encounter with the legendary Hot Rod so effective: "Piper's Pit has always been the most notorious talk show segment in WWE history. Roddy Piper never holds back. He never [pulls] any punches."
As the segment unfolded, it became clear how a well-done talk show can simply and effectively advance a storyline, with or without any sort of physical confrontation.
Of the great and not-so-great talk show segments of the last few years, only a couple of qualified Superstars remain: Chris Jericho with his "Highlight Reel" and Christian with his "Peep Show."
With Jericho potentially leaving to tour with his band over the summer and Christian out of action until his ankle fully heals, the opportunity for a Superstar to take charge and host their own talk show segment is wide open.
Here is a list of five candidates to host the next great WWE talk show.