5 Greatest Guest Hosts in WWE History
Last week, we went over the five worst guest hosts in WWE history, detailing the most awful and cringe-worthy celebrity appearances America's No. 1 wrestling promotion has unleashed on unsuspecting wrestling fans over the past few years.
But, because we always like to look on the bright side, we now present a list of the five greatest guest hosts in WWE history.
You see, rather than detracting from the show, these stars in fact contributed a great deal to the episodes of Raw they appeared on, managing to create memorable moments and entertain the fans in the arena and the viewers at home.
Never mind a one-off guest appearance, we wish these guys would come back on a regular basis.
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Kermit the Frog and friends guest-hosted last year's Halloween edition of Monday Night Raw, and provided a much-needed spark and humor to WWE's then-stale flagship programme.
What was the best segment of this terrific, highlight-filled show? It's difficult to say.
Maybe it was Vickie Guerrero hilariously confronting Miss Piggy in front of the live crowd, only to be told off by Santino? Or Sheamus implying that he and Beaker were related? (Well, the two do look suspiciously alike.) Or how about Miss Piggy outrageously hitting on handsome young hunk John Morrison in a backstage skit?
Regardless, this was a simply superb episode of Raw. We can only hope The Muppets schedule another visit soon.
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When he guest-hosted the July 27, 2009 edition of Raw, charismatic basketball star Shaquille O’Neal was warm, enthusiastic and unafraid to get in the ring and mix things up.
Basically, he was everything you could possibly want in a guest host. Indeed, his explosive face-to-face confrontation with The Big Show during the main event of the show was one of the highlights of WWE’s entire programming that year.
Since his guest host gig, rumors and reports have circulated that WWE is keen to bring in Shaq for an actual match at a WrestleMania event—most likely to settle some unfinished business with The Big Show.
Of course this hasn’t happened yet—although the two sides apparently came very close to a deal earlier this year, with Shaq even saying in one interview he considered it a done deal—but based on his performance as guest host, we’d absolutely love to see it.
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Pop culture icon William Shatner created one of the most hilarious moments in wrestling history during his edition of Raw when he participated in a spoof album advertisement, which saw the Star Trek actor hilariously sing the theme songs of various WWE stars (including John Cena's and HHH's).
The ad, a play on Shatner's real-life celebrated music career, was witty and genuinely funny, something that most "comedy" skits on Raw and Smackdown these days are sorely lacking. John Cena, take notes.
The rest of his segments on the February 1 show were also wickedly entertaining. Notably this one with CM Punk, The Big Show and The Miz, which saw the star play around with his eccentric and cheesy image. He even attempted a '70s TV-style freeze-frame at the end, while everyone else looked at him in bewilderment.
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Guest-hosting the April 12, 2010 Raw, which emanated from London, England, David Hasselhoff provided plenty of entertainment and laughs as he ran the show.
It’s no surprise that the fans in the O2 Arena reacted as warmly to Hasselhoff as they did. While he may be a campy, cheesy figure to some, due his leading roles in hugely popular shows like Knight Ryder and Baywatch, he has a special place in the hearts of many fans that grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Decked out in full-Mitch Buchanan gear, Hasselhoff even spoofed his Baywatch role on his edition of Raw, presiding over a hilarious Baywatch Babe Triple Threat match.
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As host of the popular, long-running game show The Price is Right, Bob Barker was already a beloved bedrock of the American entertainment industry when he guest hosted Monday Night Raw in September 2009. (Barker was there to plug his animal charity.)
However, his charming and affable performance on the programme served to add to and emulate his reputation even more. Who can forget the superb The Price is Right-style skit at the beginning of the show, featuring a whole bunch of WWE wrestlers, including a very annoyed Chris Jericho? Or his witty exchange with DX backstage?
Instead of looking out of place on a rough, uncouth wrestling programme, Barker fit right in, seemingly undaunted by all the craziness going on around him.
WWE recognized how brilliant he was too: Barker was later awarded a much-sought after Slammy trophy for his well-recieved performance on the show.