In late 2009, WWE devised their guest host concept, whereby they would arrange for a celebrity guest to appear on Raw every week and govern over the show in the role of a temporary authority figure.
The concept delivered decidedly patchy results: Some of the guest hosts were terrific (Bob Barker, Shaquille O'Neal) and added greatly to the overall quality of the shows they hosted, but many—arguably most—were not.
Whether it was flubbing their lines, being barely able to conceal their boredom or eliciting anemic reactions from the disinterested crowds, these stars really had no place whatsoever taking on a sizable role on a wrestling show.
Indeed, so terrible and incompetent were the majority of those hosts, most fans breathed a huge sigh of relief when WWE cut back on the idea a few months later before eventually phasing it out altogether.
With this in mind, here are the five worst Raw guest hosts of all-time.
To say NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano did not look—or act—comfortable when they hosted Raw in October 2009 would be putting it mildly.
In fact, the opening segment of their show, in which the duo confronted heel team Chris Jericho and The Big Show, demonstrated some of the most flat and unconvincing acting in wrestling I've ever seen.
The attempts of Lagano, who had a hilarious deer-in-the-headlights look for most of the skit, to portray the super tough babyface were abysmal. And let's not even get started on Busch's awful efforts at playing a heel (his attempts at garnering crowd heat were truly embarrassing).
And then there was Busch telling Chris Jericho he would be facing famous Raw mid-carder Kofi Johnston in a match later on in the evening.
Possibly the most perplexing guest host Raw has ever had. The Rev. Al Sharpton agreed to guest host WWE's flagship show in the autumn of 2009 to promote educational reform in the USA. A good cause for sure, but Sharpton did not appear wholly comfortable in the low-brow world of wrestling, nor did WWE seemingly know what to do with such a prominent political figure, whose role on the programme was kept to a minimum.
Comedian and radio host Dennis Miller had the rather, eh, dubious honor of hosting the three-hour Slammy Awards episode of Raw in December of 2009.
Spending most of the evening looking like he would rather be anywhere else in the world, the comedian attempted to tell a few political jokes at first, most of which felt inappropriate and went over the heads of much of the audience. After this, he mainly stuck to making snide remarks and looking visibly disgruntled.
The Slammy Awards are usually a chore to sit through anyway; the presence of such a tetchy host only served to make the ceremony drag even more.
Say what you want about Dennis Miller, but at least he bothered to show up in person. Which is more than can be said for Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher when he guest hosted in May 2010.
Indeed, shortly after his (backstage-only) appearance on Raw, reports circulated that he had filmed his segments in Hollywood several days before the show, hence why the star never came out to perform for the crowd in Austin, Tex.
Two celebrities so incredibly annoying they upstaged every other awful host (even the ones who didn't even bothering appearing in person), Jeremy Piven and Dr Ken blighted and ruined the 8/3/09 edition of Raw—and arguably soiled the guest host concept forever.
Piven and Dr Ken (AKA Ken Jeong) were on Raw to promote their comedy film The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (the movie flopped by the way; their obnoxious, unfunny performance on WWE TV probably did little to help convince audiences to go see it).
Throughout the show, which they were all over, they interacted with various wrestlers, including The Miz, John Cena and The Big Show in lame, grating segments, and talked down to all of them. Were they heels? Were they faces? It was difficult to tell—or care.
To make matters worse, neither of them seemed to know a thing about wrestling, either. Who can forget Piven's now-famous threat to The Miz in the show's opening segment regarding his match with John Cena?
"If you lose, we will ban you from the Summerfest!"
He meant SummerSlam, of course.