WrestleMania is now only 49 days away and Vince McMahon is already getting in the WrestleMania spirit by announcing a "Special Guest Host" of WrestleMania!
So, there are many guys who could obviously fit this role, though Vince said that this person is someone who defines great moments and I would guess that person would be a former superstar.
However, WWE.com has their own little list of former superstars, musicians and RAW guest hosts that they want you to vote on (these votes have no weight, its just a "Who do you think" kind of thing). So, considering how WWE won't try to throw us off, we can narrow down the list of potential guest hosts based on the 15 people they listed.
Let's take a look at all of these candidates.
We start off our list with the first of the five "Former RAW Guest Hosts" and what better way to start this list than with Bob Barker.
Bob Barker, as if I have to say it, was the host of the Price is Right for 35 years until Drew Carey took over in 2007. As a former guest host of RAW, it wouldn't be too far fetched to believe that Barker could guest host WrestleMania as well. Would it be a bad decision? Not really.
But considering how McMahon is hyping up the guest host of 'Mania, it seems a little too anti-climactic for it to be Mr. Barker. Plus, I don't think Barker has too many "WrestleMania style moments" to his credit, which is something Vince also advertised.
Still, it's not out of the realm of possibility.
William Shatner is next on our list of former RAW guest hosts.
Let's face it; this guy is funny. While he made a name for himself playing in roles such as James Tiberius Kirk of Star Trek, he also keeps himself in the limelight by doing hilarious commercials, supporting roles, or even just cameos.
As a RAW guest host, he sung his own hilarious versions of different wrestler's themes and I'm sure he brought a smile to our faces with that.
However, it would be very disappointing to me if he was the guest host of WrestleMania. I would much rather see Harrison Ford than Shatner (by the way, Star Wars > Star Trek) and Shatner just doesn't seem to be that special.
Up next we have Pee Wee Herman.
I'm not going to lie: this guy was awesome when I was a kid. I remember watching Pee Wee's Playhouse whenever I would get home from school. Awesome.
However, I was a little skeptical as to how he would do as a guest host and I have to say, he was all right. He didn't do much, but his argument with the Miz was hilarious (though it was killed whenever Big Show came out dressed like him).
Would I mind seeing him as the guest host of Mania? ...Yes. It would be too much of a letdown and it would bring down 'Mania in my opinion. Sure, Pee Wee's awesome, but I don't think he's WrestleMania material.
Still, it's a PG show...and there are a lot of kids in the audience...oh no.
Up next...oh God, David Hasselhoff.
You know, I really don't like this guy. He was in Baywatch (I think?) and makes appearances in other stuff, but I just never got this guy. And that little image of him eating a hamburger off the ground just shows how messed up he is.
The only role I ever really liked him in was when he randomly appeared in the Spongebob Movie ("Who said anything about...floating?") and when Adam Sandler farted in his face in Click.
::Sigh:: but back to the matter at hand.
When he was guest host of RAW, he made a Divas match where he was the lifeguard on duty (because the Divas were wearing bikinis) but the only person that needed rescuing was Santino. This segment would've been funny if Hasselhoff didn't look so creepy.
Oh, and he made a match at Extreme Rules between Randy Orton and Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight title. Wait; guest hosts can make matches at PPVs?
Anyway, will he be the guest host at WrestleMania? Well, to put it simply: God no. This isn't just my dislike for the guy speaking either. Why would David Hasselhoff guest host 'Mania? In fact, why would any of these former guest hosts do anything at WrestleMania? Ugh, for the sake of this article, let's keep going.
The last of the former guest hosts, Snoop Dogg.
He's had quite a rap career (though I only like his stuff from when he was "Snoop Doggy Dogg") and is a pop culture icon. Even if you don't like his music, he's got this really likable attitude so that I'm sure you can't really hate the guy.
Anyway, I can't really remember his time as guest host. Not a good sign.
It's okay, I doubt he'll be the guest host of WrestleMania anyway. Imagine the advertisements: WrestleMania 27 hosted by Snoop Dogg....didn't think so.
We start off this list of music icons with Usher. Really?
Okay, I'm not a fan of Usher so I'll just cut this short. No.
Why would Usher guest host WrestleMania? This seems way too anti-climactic. I'm sure WrestleMania 27 buys would actually be less if Usher guest hosted. Not trying to insult the guy. I'm just saying.
Next we have the latest teen sensation, Justin Bieber.
Well, the kid went from zero to hero when he was discovered on the Internet by whoever (Ludacris or Usher I think). After that, his career skyrocketed and now, he has his own movie about his life (really? A 16 year story isn't exactly exciting. Especially if the most exciting thing that happened to you is becoming a star. Scratch that. The only exciting thing that happened to you).
Anyway, I'd say Bieber has the best odds of being the guest host out of all of the non-wrestlers on this list.
He's already set to appear at 'Mania (singing America the Beautiful, to continue the tradition of having a female singer at Mania...ZING!) so it wouldn't be too far fetched to have him appear. Would I mind? Actually, no! Sure, I'd rather have a former superstar be the guest host, but if it's not, I'd say Bieber is the most suitable for the role.
His music will make your ears bleed and is an abomination to the history of music, but the kid is actually pretty funny. Recently, he bought FunnyOrDie.com (not sure if this is legit or not, but whatever) and released a few videos about it and they actually made me laugh. The kid has lots of charisma and is a huge star right now. The only problem I have with him is that his music is terrible.
Ozzy Osbourne actually made the list on WWE.com, but in the music icon capacity.
Ozzy has had a crazy music career and has released a lot of kick ass songs in his day. He is considered one of the fathers of metal music and is a household name everywhere.
I feel that he kind of killed his legacy a little bit with his reality TV show, but the same could be said for Hulk Hogan. Oh well, to each his own.
As a guest host of RAW, he and his wife Sharon hosted an America's Got Talent kind of thing, but I don't know too much about that (besides the fact that it almost turned Chris Masters into a comedy act).
Anyway, would Ozzy be a good guest host of WrestleMania? Yes. Would he be worth hype from McMahon last week? Not particularly. It just seems that if they were going to give the spot of "guest host" to a non-wrestler, they would've just had them come out last week. Right?
Chris Jericho, for some reason, was on the list of music icons. Really? I mean, I know he's in a band and he's famous, but that doesn't make him a music icon. Fozzy seems like a pretty unknown band. Not trying to diss Jericho or anything. I mean, his band is good and all, but they're not being advertised all over TV like the overly hyped teen sensations are.
But I got off track. Chris Jericho would be an excellent addition to WrestleMania and I would love to see him again. But, I would rather it be in a wrestling capacity. He's only 40 years old. He still has a few years left in him if he wants to come back.
As a guest host, it probably wouldn't work anyway. Jericho left as a heel not too long ago. Having him come back as the guest host of 'Mania wouldn't be the best decision. Unless he returned as Y2J, the fans wouldn't like it too much.
The last music icon on the list: Steven Tyler.
You know what? Let's just blow through this.
He was the lead singer of Aerosmith. He has a unique look. He hasn't done anything for WWE. Long story short, no.
Now we start the serious side of this article: Former WWE Superstars.
We start with Batista. Batista had an excellent career with the WWE. Starting out as just a bodyguard type for Evolution, Batista soon broke away when he won the 2005 Royal Rumble and cashed in his 'Mania match against the leader of Evolution, Triple H.
Batista is a huge name in the WWE and was basically the biggest new star behind John Cena during his run. However, he left last May to pursue a movie career, which soon became an MMA career.
I don't think it's entirely out of the question to see Batista reappear on WWE television. But like Jericho, he just left last year. It wouldn't be too special to see him reappear in this capacity. I wouldn't mind but I'm sure basketballs would (then again, they don't hold grudges).
"Macho Man" Randy Savage. One of the most famous men in wrestling history. He was basically the second biggest star in WWE during the Hogan Era. His career wasn't as historic as Hogan's, but Macho Man had better matches (vs. Steamboat at 'Mania III anyone?).
Alas, Macho Man left WWE in the early 90s and hasn't been seen since his last run with WCW. Recently, there have been new Macho Man action figures released as well as Macho Man making his first appearance in a THQ WWE game. Could this be a sign? Not really. He has deals with Mattel and THQ, not WWE.
Macho Man is one of my favorite superstars of all time. He hasn't been inducted into the Hall of Fame yet (which is a huge crime in my opinion), and probably won't be for a while. A WrestleMania appearance seems out of the question at this point.
The "Texas Rattlesnake" makes his way onto the list and for good reason.
As one of the most important figures in WWE history, Stone Cold is a legend in the business. Without Stone Cold, the WWE might've failed back in 1998. Stone Cold had a legendary feud with Vince McMahon that pretty much revitalized the WWE and helped them beat WCW.
There's not much more that can be said about Stone Cold...wait, there's more!
Did I mention he's going to be on Tough Enough? You know, that reality TV show that starts the night after WrestleMania? Need I say more?
Right now, Stone Cold is possibly a shoe-in for the role of guest host. I would feel a little let down, but hey: It'd be a smart choice.
Who's next? Why, it's none other than Goldberg himself!
Goldberg is a pretty historic figure in wrestling. Sure, he may not have too many great matches to his name, but hey, that's what happens when you're booked for 170-something squash matches in a row. Goldberg's epic winning streak was a great boost to WCW back in the day, though his winning streak was ended in controversial fashion (you all know how).
Anyway, he had a short stint with WWE back in 2003, but left in unspectacular fashion in what was one of the most disappointing matches of all time at WrestleMania XX against Brock Lesnar, who joined Goldberg in departing after the match.
Since then, he hasn't stepped into a WWE ring, but has been in talks for some kind of return.
Could this be his return? No. Goldberg said that if he ever steps into the ring, it'll be for one more match. I wouldn't mind seeing him redeem himself in one more match. So will Goldberg ever return? Maybe. Will he return in a non-wrestling capacity? Probably not.
Finally, we have the reason I even bothered writing this article: The Great One, The Brahma Bull, The People's Champ! Of course, I'm talking about The Rock!
The Rock is my favorite superstar of all time! He is, without a shadow of a doubt, the single greatest mic worker of all time. Every time he appeared, he had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. More than just a mic worker, The Rock was also a very talented in-ring competitor. Sure he wasn't the best, but his moveset was simply, oh how do I put it? Oh yeah...electrifying!
There have been rumors flying all over the place that the Rock is going to be the guest host of WrestleMania. The Rock has apparently been in talks with McMahon about a possible return and what better way to return than as the guest host of WrestleMania!
Reports have stated that if The Rock does return, it won't be for in-ring action. That's quite all right by me. After all, the Rock hasn't wrestled in quite a long time. He might have ring rust (though I'm sure he could still whoop the candy asses of all the RAW and SmackDown roster).
I would love for him to interact with some of today's top performers (John Cena, the Miz and especially CM Punk). Actually, it would be cool to see CM Punk beat Randy Orton at 'Mania, just to turn around and get hit with a Rock Bottom! That would be quite a WrestleMania moment. The possibilities are endless with the Rock!
Hopefully, on April 3, 2011, we hear The Rock shout "Finally, the Rock HAS COME BACK TO WRESTLEMANIA!"