This week on the late-night Conan show, one of the actors from the Three Stooges movie, Sean Hayes, had a good laugh with Conan about his WWE experience. Hayes sarcastically referred to WWE as a "highbrow" show and also confessed that "the last place on earth you would ever see me is at the WWE."
Later in the interview, Hayes sarcastically referred to WWE programming as "quality, quality television."
And that right there, ladies and gentlemen, is a person who was given valuable airtime to promote a movie on a show where WWE fans tune in to see professional wrestling.
Why? Why do Vince McMahon and others in WWE think it's a good idea to bring these actors or "celebs" onto a program where, more often than not, the audience either doesn't know who they are or doesn't want to see them on a wrestling show. Yes, a wrestling show: that's what it is and always will be, as long as there are professional wrestlers wrestling in a ring.
Wrestling fans who tune in to Monday Night Raw are there to watch pro wrestling, performed by pro wrestlers. It's as simple as that.
Whether fans are watching to see the WWE divas or the WWE superstars, they are watching to see WWE professionals perform and entertain. They are not watching to see three guys poorly portray the legendary Three Stooges, nor are they watching to see actors—quite often ungrateful, disrespectful and unappreciative actors—take up airtime to promote whatever movie or TV show they are promoting.
The Three Stooges segments from last week's RAW were total disasters. It tanked. It was awful. It wasn't funny (at least not the way it was intended to be—it was funny how bad it was). And not one person bought a ticket in advance because the guys who portray the Three Stooges were featured.
You know what the real kicker is? This awful "comedy" took place on a show where Brock Lesnar announced he was bringing "legitimacy" back to WWE. I wonder which WWE writers looked over the script that night and thought that it made sense.
Aside from the negative fan reaction whenever WWE has guest stars on RAW, all they have to do is look at their ratings whenever these actors are on the show. They do not increase ratings at all. So what's the point? The fans rarely want to see these people on WWE, and most of the actors come off as phony and give off the impression they either don't want to be there, or know nothing about the product. It's just a very awkward situation for everyone involved.
Occasionally—as in, maybe once a year—I'm okay with a celebrity appearing on WWE TV in a very brief or limited role. But when they start appearing on a frequent basis and in multiple segments throughout the show, it gets ugly.
Thankfully, they haven't had many guest stars on RAW lately, but this Stooge disaster was a painful reminder of why I couldn't watch the show for much of 2010.