Ranking Every Guest Host in WWE Raw History

Graham GSM Matthews@@WrestleRantFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2014

Ranking Every Guest Host in WWE Raw History

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    Shaquille O'Neal and Big Show scored major mainstream coverage.
    Shaquille O'Neal and Big Show scored major mainstream coverage.(Courtesy of WWE.com)

    On June 15, 2009, Donald Trump "bought" Monday Night Raw from Vince McMahon. The next week, McMahon decided he wanted to buy the franchise back for double the money he sold it for when he saw Trump was going to make the program commercial-free each and every week.

    However, one of the caveats of the blockbuster deal was that a celebrity, past or present wrestling personality, or anyone for that matter would serve as the guest host of Raw each week. It was a win-win deal for WWE, which got more mainstream media while the celebrities were given an opportunity to promote their product.

    That said, the concept saw more flops than successes in its year-long run. From Al Sharpton to The Three Stooges to Perez Hilton, there were several celebrities that had little to no knowledge of the WWE product and therefore had nothing to contribute to the show.

    Not everyone who hosted Raw was horrendous, however, as there were a handful of hosts that were fun to watch. Shaquille O'Neal, Bob Barker and Hugh Jackman were among the few that were memorable, served a purpose and left fans wanting more.

    A celebrity was brought in to host for every episode of Raw from 2009 to 2010 before the concept slowly started to die off by summer 2010. Kevin Hart was the latest pop culture icon to guest star the flagship show on the June 16 Raw.

    In light of the concept celebrating five years, I'll attempt to rank every Raw guest host dating back to 2009. Criteria will include memorability, entertainment value, overall significance and more.


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    79. Seth Rogen (November 21, 2011)

    Rogen did a few pre-taped segments for Raw, but due to time constraints, they were never aired. In other words, they advertised him for the show, never delivered and never bothered to explain it. Thanks, WWE.

    78. Al Sharpton (September 28, 2009)

    It was clear as day that Sharpton knew absolutely nothing about pro wrestling, and who would expect him to? Bringing a political figure into the wrestling world to do very little is still mind-boggling to me.

    77. Ricky Hatton (November 9, 2009)

    Chavo Guerrero was the punching bag for many guest hosts during this time, sometimes literally. Hatton challenged Chavo to a boxing match in his native England, but its translation to wrestling was never quite figured it.

    76. Snoop Dogg (October 19, 2009)

    I love Snoop Dogg as much as the next person, but was what he did—outside of him dancing with the Divas—really all that memorable? They could have done so much more with him given his history with WWE.

    75. Cast of Going the Distance (August 16, 2010)

    All they did was come out to the ring, mention the local sports team to get a reaction and introduce The Hart Dynasty. They were never seen again—and hopefully never will be.

    74. Cedric the Entertainer (September 21, 2009)

    Cedric is a funny guy and all, but his comedy didn't mesh well with wrestling fans. He competed in a silly series of matches with Chavo Guerrero that felt like a waste of time more than anything else.

    73. ZZ Top (July 20, 2009)

    This was when the guest host concept was still finding its legs, so I don't blame ZZ Top for flopping. Their brief musical act went over well, but unless it's WrestleMania, live performances by bands have no place on a wrestling program.

    72. Florence Henderson (July 12, 2010)

    Henderson, a star of The Brady Bunch, made her own stable of wrestlers that somehow featured Doink the Clown before locking lips with The Great Khali. The guest host concept had already died out by this point, but is anyone aware of what she was even trying to promote?

    71. Michael Strahan (November 25, 2013)

    Strahan comes off as a very likable guy, but his appearance on "Miz TV" was god awful. It was more so due to the fact that despite a beef between Miz and Strahan during the segment, they made up afterward. At least Strahan's brief backstage run-in with Goldust was humorous.

    70. Johnny Damon (December 21, 2009)

    Damon is a well-known MLB player, but he seemed out of place on Raw. He did a brief backstage segment with Mae Young, and that was about it from what I can recall.


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    69. Rima Fakih (November 29, 2010)

    Only a few months prior to competing on WWE's reboot of Tough Enough, the then-reigning Miss USA hosted Raw. Her appearance was mostly overshadowed by that night's King of the Ring tournament, so all Fakih did was announce John Morrsion and Sheamus to the ring for their match.

    68. Toby Keith (October 25, 2010)

    Keith is a well-documented wrestling fan and country music star, but his role on Raw was fairly forgettable. He received an electronic Mattel championship belt from The Bellas backstage, but never appeared in the ring.

    67. Pitbull and Mya (May 2, 2011)

    This episode of Raw is mostly remembered for The Rock's birthday bash, not for the the fact that these two served as guest hosts. I'll just say that much.

    66. Timbaland (December 28, 2009)

    I remember being in attendance when Timbaland hosted Raw and did the in-ring introductions for the main event. I also remember people in attendance not caring for him being there at all.

    65. Ariel Winter (February 14, 2010)

    Winter is now known for her role on Modern Family, but at the time, she was known for her starring role in in The Chaperone, also starring Triple H. She was there to plug the movie, so her appearance wasn't all that bad.

    64. Verne Troyer (November 30, 2009)

    Known for his role in the Austin Power movies, Troyer didn't do much on Raw aside from appearing onstage. WWE missed a golden opportunity for him to confront Hornswoggle.

    63. Jewel and Ty Murray (February 22, 2010)

    These two were the reason we got a bull-riding contest on Raw, and I don't say that as a good thing. Does WWE have a fascination with country music stars or is it just me?

    62. Wayne Brady (May 3, 2010)

    Brady may not have done much on Raw except serve as the mediator for that night's Cutting Edge segment, but he did have the guts to take an RKO from Randy Orton. That's more than what most guest hosts have done in terms of selling for the Superstars.

    61. Chad Ochocinco (September 13, 2010)

    Fans might remember Ochocinco from his confrontation with The Miz on Raw. Miz, one of the most talented talkers in the company at the time, had a lot to say about the pro football player.

    60. Perez Hilton (January 16, 2012)

    Hilton appeared alongside the Divas on this show, and thankfully his Raw experience was limited to just that. Did WWE honestly expect him to elicit a positive reaction out of wrestling fans?


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    59. Jared Fogle (September 17, 2012)

    Don't recognize the name? I don't blame you. It's "The Subway Guy." His Raw appearance lasted all of a few seconds, but his run-in with Ryback, who was known for his "Feed Me More" catchphrase at the time, was pretty comical.

    58. Criss Angel (March 8, 2010)

    An extremely talented magician, Angel is perhaps one of the most intriguing in the world today. His crazy antics fit in perfectly with the world of wrestling, but nothing of what he did was all that notable.

    57. Buzz Aldrin (May 17, 2010)

    Yeah, the guy who went to the moon guest hosted Raw. Despite being an American astronaut, this show took place in Canada. Does that make any sense?

    56. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano (October 26, 2010)

    These two weren't among the best Raw guest hosts ever, but they were memorable for two reasons. First, they gave Randy Orton a sports car that was later ruined by Kofi Kingston, triggering that feud. Also, they referred to Kofi Kingston as Kofi Johnson before quickly correcting themselves.

    55. Rob Zombie (June 28, 2010)

    His brief appearance consisted of him reading off the names of the contestants in that year's Raw Money in the Bank Ladder match. To be fair, the rock star has ties to wrestling. Not only is he a fan, but he also performed one of Edge's old entrance themes.

    54. Charlie Sheen (July 23, 2012)

    Sheen is an interesting one (when is he not?). He originally agreed to be the Social Media Ambassador for the historic Raw 1,000 event, but unexpectedly closed down his Twitter account shortly beforehand. Though he made it up to WWE by appearing on the show via Skype, he never followed through with his claim of encountering Daniel Bryan at that year's SummerSlam in Los Angeles.

    53. The Three Stooges (April 9, 2012)

    You're probably asking yourself, "How come these guys aren't lower on the list?" As painful as their Raw stint was, Curly's (Will Sasso) impression of Hulk Hogan was tremendous. One audience member's reaction to "The Real American" hitting the arena was funnier than the segment itself.

    52. Sgt. Slaughter (August 10, 2009)

    Like Aldrin, it made no sense for an American hero to guest host Raw in Canada. However, he managed to turn heel by making fans think Bret Hart would show up and delivering "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan instead.

    51. Cheech and Chong (March 1, 2010)

    How these two managed to host a PG-rated show is beyond me. Their backstage segment with Hornswoggle when they ate the Lucky Charms was stupid silly, but not as bad as it could have been.

50. David Otunga (April 5, 2010)

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    Back when NXT was still a competition (and a joke), a Battle Royal was held among the rookies to determine who would serve as the guest host for the April 5 Raw. David Otunga emerged victorious and made his way to the flagship show.

    Otunga is the legitimate fiance of Jennifer Hudson, so it came as no surprise that he was chosen to host Raw out of all the NXT competitors. In various backstage segments, he made many strange demands, including a bowl of only green M&Ms.

    The match he made for that night saw John Cena and Batista challenge ShoMiz for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championships. The WrestleMania opponents couldn't coexist and the match ended when Batista walked out on Cena.

    To make it up to Cena, Otunga organized a rematch for later in the night, assigning himself to be Cena's partner. During the bout, as the Cenation leader went for the tag, Otunga jumped off the ring apron and bailed, allowing ShoMiz to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships.

    Otunga, as an NXT rookie, had the chance to win tag team title gold with the face of the company, and threw that away in an attempt to make an impact his first night on Raw. That takes some serious guts.

49. Dennis Miller (December 14, 2009)

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    Dennis Miller was announced to serve as the special guest host for the December 14, 2009, edition of Raw. This was no ordinary episode of Raw, however; it was the 2010 Slammy Awards.

    Miller made a handful of appearances throughout the show and attempted to make a connection with the crowd with his jokes, but failed miserably. The stand-up comedian just couldn't relate to the wrestling fan base.

    For what it's worth, Miller appeared to be enjoying himself the entire time. Even Triple H has gone on record in the past as saying that he took a liking to Miller that night.

48. The A-Team (June 7, 2010)

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    To promote the reboot of their new movie, The A-Team served as the guest hosts for the June 7, 2010, edition of Raw. This was also the Viewer's Choice show, where matches were determined via fan voting from the WWE Universe.

    The A-Team's task for the night was to find Jerry "The King" Lawler's lost crown, which of course led to a series of silly segments throughout the night. Among the cast members was UFC star Rampage Jackson who is an actual wrestling fan, so it must have been cool for him to have a role on Raw.

    It was arguably one of the worst episodes of Raw that year. The show's ending, however, saw The Nexus debut and attack John Cena, saving it from being a complete disaster of an episode.

47. Jon Lovitz (May 24, 2010)

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    Of everything Jon Lovitz has done throughout his acting career, I remember him most for the forgettable film Loaded Weapon 1. That said, I was more excited for his pending appearance on Raw than most.

    As a stand-up comedian, Lovitz obviously specialized in comedy, so it was no surprise that they put him in a segment with Santino Marella. The segment saw a "fan" enter the ring and take his eyeball out for Lovitz, which was pretty disgusting to watch.

    The Superstar Search was soon interrupted by Ted DiBiase, who wanted to buy the eyeball from the fan. Lovitz would also briefly encounter Maryse backstage.

46. Johnny Knoxville (October 4, 2010)

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    Johnny Knoxville's most memorable WWE moment came in October 2008, when he was challenged to a fight by The Great Khali. He was soon embarrassed by Khali, Beth Phoenix and a returning Boogeyman.

    However, that occurred shortly before the guest host concept went into effect. He returned to Raw on October 4, 2010, as the special guest star.

    On that show, he had several run-ins with Ted DiBiase and Maryse. DiBiase believed Knoxville was Maryse's secret admirer, but it was revealed to be Goldust instead.

45. Bobb'e J. Thompson (October 18, 2010)

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    Like Ariel Winter, Bobb'e J. Thompson was brought onto Raw to promote a WWE Studios film entitled Knucklehead. Being a wrestling fan, Thompson enjoyed his time on the flagship show, appearing in several segments on the show.

    With Big Show being his co-star in the film, it was only logical that Thompson was paired with The World's Largest Athlete for the night. The Miz was always great interacting with guest hosts, and Thompson was no exception.

44. Kevin Hart (June 16, 2014)

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    The most recent guest host, Kevin Hart, appeared on the June 16 Raw to promote his new movie Think Like a Man Too. With so much else advertised for the show, Hart's role on Raw was essentially overshadowed.

    Nevertheless, Hart was interviewed backstage by Renee Young before being interrupted Adam Rose. After serving as a commentator for the mixed tag team match, Hart entered the ring and hysterically danced with Rose to the former NXT star's catchy entrance theme.

    Obviously, there have been better and worse guest hosts, but at least Hart appeared to be having a fun time while he was there. That's all that matters, right?

43. Freddie Prinze, Jr. (August 17, 2009)

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    Believe it or not, Freddie Prinze, Jr. was once a member of WWE's Creative Team back in 2008. He made appearances at WrestleMania 24 and the 2008 Hall of Fame ceremony before being hired as a consultant to SmackDown's writing team.

    While Prize parted ways with WWE in early 2009, he returned on the August 17 Raw as a special guest host. He opened the show and greeted the WWE Universe but was soon interrupted by Santino Marella who was trying out for various roles in Hollywood movies.

    Randy Orton, however, wasn't in as good of a mood. When Prinze didn't comply with Orton's demands, the then-WWE champion nailed Prinze with a brutal backbreaker. The former Scooby Doo star returned later in the evening to exact revenge on Orton by putting him in a Lumberjack match.

    Prinze is among the few hosts that were not only fans of the product but also took bumps from one of the Supertars. For that, he earns my respect.

42. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (August 24, 2009)

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    WWE fans best know Floyd "Money" Mayweather from when he feuded with Big Show in early 2008. Their WrestleMania 24 match caught the eye of the mainstream media, so it was no surprise that WWE brought him back for another appearance in August 2009.

    After such a fun run in WWE the first time around, his stint as Raw guest host felt rather anticlimactic. It was nice to see him mix it up with Big Show again and tangle with Chris Jericho, but I still feel they could have done much more with him that night.

41. Trish Stratus (September 14, 2009)

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    Trish Stratus may not be considered a "celebrity" by the mainstream media, but she certainly is by the WWE Universe. After a near nine month absence, Stratus returned to WWE TV on the September 14, 2009, edition of Raw to serve as guest host.

    She and Beth Phoenix still had unfinished business from the last time Stratus showed up on the flagship show, so it was only logical they conclude their feud. Stratus teamed with MVP and Mark Henry to defeat Phoenix and Jeri-Show in six-person tag team action.

    It wouldn't be the last time that Stratus would compete inside the squared circle, however, as she'd return once again on the road to WrestleMania 27 in 2011.

40. Jon Heder and Don Johnson (January 18, 2010)

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    Promoting their new movie When in Rome, Jon Heder and Don Johnson guest hosted the January 18, 2010, edition of Raw. After Bret Hart and Mike Tyson took the reins of Raw in weeks prior, Heder and Johnson weren't exactly keeping the strong streak of awesome guest hosts going.

    However, Heder and Johnson somehow managed to make their appearance memorable. Heder took part in a six-man tag team match alongside Big Show and The Miz against the likes of D-Generation X and Hornswoggle.

    Heder's performance in the bout was...well, exactly what you'd expect, but his "ring attire" was hysterical. Show and Miz seemed like a random pairing at the time, but they'd go on to form ShoMiz and win the Unified WWE Tag Team Championships together.

39. Carl Edwards (February 8, 2010)

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    The third NASCAR driver to guest host Raw, Carl Edwards had a better entrance than probably any other celebrity that's come to WWE. The show opened with Edwards driving around in one of his signature sport cars in a parking lot in the back of the arena, doing crazy spins and turns like it was nobody's business.

    Upon entering the arena, Edwards made his way to the ring where he performed an awesome looking backflip off the top rope. Aside from promoting the Daytona 500, I can't remember much else about his appearance on the flagship show.

    But hey, he had a better entrance that night than over half of the current roster!

38. Flavor Flav (May 10, 2010)

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    Flavor Flav was a primary example of a celebrity brought in to guest host Raw that was completely past his prime. Can anyone remember the last time he was truly relevant? Exactly.

    For one reason or another, Flavor Flav was on Raw to promote a new show of his. The only appearance he had in the ring was when he announced R-Truth to the ring for his match.

    If he was so bad, then how did he manage to make it this high on this list, you ask? Well, his backstage encounter with William Regal pretty much speaks for itself.

37. Roddy Piper (November 16, 2009)

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    A legend in the wrestling business, it was only fitting that "Rowdy" Roddy Piper was appointed the special guest host for the November 16, 2009, edition of Raw hailing from Madison Square Garden. It was an unforgettable show from start to finish, and Piper's involvement made it that much more special.

    Piper was determined on settling his score with Vince McMahon after three decades, but when he called out the WWE Chairman, he got Randy Orton instead. Before Orton could inflict a significant amount of damage on Piper, Kofi Kingston made the save and attacked his archenemy.

    Kingston and Orton battled all over the arena, leading up Kingston putting The Viper through a table via a Boom Drop. It was by far the pinacle of Kingston's career and a height he hasn't reached since, both figuratively and literally.

    On a side note, would it kill WWE to bring Raw back to MSG for a televised show one of these days?

36. Betty White (February 10, 2014)

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    At the age of 92, Betty White is the oldest person to ever guest host Monday Night Raw, and for that she should be commended. She kicked off the night with Big Show, addressing the WWE Universe and saying she was ready to kick some...well, you know.

    The ovation to that line was pretty huge, but before she could say anymore, she was disrespectfully interrupted by The Authority. She'd strike back at The Authority later in the night by playing a joke on then-WWE Tag Team champions The New Age Outlaws by giving them "the craps."

    Her appearance wasn't anything major, but it was exactly what it needed to be and it helped her plug her new practical joker-like show in the process.

35. The Cast of 'Hot Tub Time Machine' (March 29, 2010)

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    Hot Tub Time Machine may not be remembered as one of the better movies to be released in recent years, but the cast's appearance on the March 29, 2010, edition of Raw was surely memorable. I'm not sure why they were chosen as the ones to host the post-WrestleMania Raw, but they made the most of it.

    In fitting fashion, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson spent most of the night in a hot tub backstage. They promised the Diva who stayed in the hot tub the longest with them a future title shot, but they'd all be beaten out by a swim trunks-clad Mark Henry.

    That was a scary sight that was forever etched into the minds of wrestling fans, but their appearance at least gave us Rosa Mendes, Tiffany and The Bella Twins in bikinis. It's the closest we'll ever get to the Attitude Era in this day and age.

34. Mark Feuerstein (June 14, 2010)

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    The name may not immediately ring any bells, but regular Raw viewers will recognize Mark Feuerstein from the "Royal Pains" show on the USA Network. Along with The Bella Twins, Big Show has interacted with the celebrity guest hosts more than anyone else, and Feuerstein was among them.

    Big Show was set to guest star on that week's Royal Pains, so it was only fitting that The World's Largest Athlete was the one to show Feuerstein the ropes on Raw...literally. Feuerstein and Show were challenged to a tag team match that night by Ted DiBiase, Jr. and Virgil which they accepted

    Feuerstein is among an elite group of guest hosts to not only compete in a match on Raw but also win. The Royal Pains star pinned Virgil for the victory, leading to DiBiase ditching his father's former right-hand man afterward.

33. Nancy O'Dell and Maria Menounos (October 12, 2009)

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    Maria Menounos is a familiar face to wrestling fans as she's competed it several matches in WWE over the years, and it all started on this episode of Raw. She and Nancy O'Dell guest hosted the October 12, 2009, edition, and their stint was more significant than some may remember.

    At the start of the show, Jillian defeated Mickie James for the Divas Championship. Mere moments later, O'Dell came out and announced a "blockbuster" trade between the three brands that saw Melina return to Raw and defeat Jillian for the title.

    Other trades included James and Beth Phoenix to SmackDown, The Bella Twins to Raw and Rosa Mendes to ECW.

    Later that night, Menounos made her in-ring debut in a six-Diva tag match, teaming with Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly against Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes and Beth Phoenix. Menounos scored the surprising win for her team when she pinned Phoenix.

    This would trigger a four year rivalry between Menounos and Phoenix that would see them clash at the 2011 Tribute to the Troops event as well as at WrestleMania 28.

32. David Hasselhoff (April 12, 2010)

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    When the guest host concept was first created in June 2009, you had to figure that it was only a matter of time before David Hasselhoff made his way to Raw. Emanating from the O2 Arena in London, Hasselhoff was insanely over with the WWE audience, also sporting a flashy black jacket that made his elaborate entrance all the more memorable.

    Aside from a backstage confrontation with Batista, Hasselhoff gave wrestling fans what they all wanted to see: a Baywatch Diva tag team match. It seemed out of place in the month of April, sure, but it was a sight to see for everyone in attendance.

31. Larry and Shawn King (October 8, 2012)

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    The guest host concept was dead in the water by this point in time, but celebrities still showed up on Raw from time to time. Promoting a new show of theirs, Larry and Shawn King graced the WWE Universe with their presence on the October 8, 2012, edition of Raw, hosting Larry King Live! at one point in the show.

    Their guests were Kofi Kingston and The Miz to set up their Intercontinental Championship match on that week's edition of WWE Main Event. Miz and King had an enjoyable exchange on the mic while Kingston cut one of his better showings in recent memory.

    King also ran into Daniel Bryan backstage, who was seeking the talk show host to ask about his looks. This, of course, resulted in absolute hilarity.

30. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello (March 24, 2010)

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger once famously brawled with Triple H on SmackDown a long time back, so it was going to be interesting to see him back in a ring after all these years on the March 24 edition of Raw. Coming along for the ride was Joe Manganiello, his co-star in the upcoming film Sabotage.

    They were also joined by WrestleMania 30 host Hulk Hogan on the show and while their talking segment was interrupted by a WWE Superstar, it wasn't The Game. Instead, it was The Miz who was looking to make a name for himself against one of the biggest names in entertainment.

    After getting punched in the gut by Manganiello and back-slapped by Schwarzengger, Miz was sent spiraling over the top rope at the hands of Hogan. Manganiello is a documented WWE fan, so it must have been fun for him to get this moment on Raw.

29. James Roday (March 12, 2012)

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    Like Mark Feuerstein, James Roday appeared on Raw to plug his hit show on the USA Network, Psych. The Miz was scheduled to guest star on the show that week, so Roday's Raw stint served a purpose.

    Roday was originally supposed to guest host the flagship show in January 2010, along with his Psych co-star Dule Hill, but pulled out at the last minute due to a health emergency. Thus, his Raw appearance was long overdue and well deserved given that he and Hill are massive WWE fans.

    He first showed up in a comical backstage segment with John Laurinaitis and The Miz before serving as the ring announcer for CM Punk vs. Miz later on in the night. He showed enthusiasm when introducing The Awesome One in his hometown of Cleveland, and it was cool to see him finally get his due on Raw. 

28. Dusty Rhodes (August 31, 2009)

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    Ever notice that almost all WWE Legends are faces? It's probably because they're so beloved by the fans that it's almost impossible to turn them heel.

    Dusty Rhodes was the second father of a Legacy member to guest host Raw with "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase being the first. Despite being a fan favorite, he gave his son Cody Rhodes, a star of the heel Legacy stable, special treatment throughout the night.

    What Dusty did during the course of night was forgettable, but the lasting image of Randy Orton standing over the WWE Hall of Famer after nailing him with an RKO was a memorable one. Why he did it is still unknown, but either way, it cemented the fact that Orton is a certified jerk.

27. Batista (June 29, 2009)

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    It was comical that despite the fact Donald Trump announced that a celebrity would guest host Raw each and every week from that point forward, the first person to run the flagship show was Batista. However, that isn't to say that The Animal was a bad first choice as Raw guest host.

    Only a few weeks prior Batista was injured at the hands of The Legacy, sidelining him from action indefinitely. Thus, it was only logical for Batista to target Orton and his stablemates upon his return to the Monday night program.

    For that night's main event, Batista announced a 3-on-1 Gauntlet match where Orton would have to face three of Raw's newest acquisitions. Although Orton got lucky against Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger, he wasn't so fortunate against Mark Henry who scored a clean pinfall over the then-WWE champion.

26. Jerry Springer (February 15, 2010)

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    For one night only, the "Jerry!" chants on Raw weren't directed toward Jerry Lawler. On February 15, 2010, they were directed toward guest host Jerry Springer.

    Springer is known for settling the score between two people in a relationship, so he fit in perfectly with the WWE crew. He was joined in the ring by the likes of of Santino Marella, Kelly Kelly, Eve, Chris Masters and others.

    I guess it tied into the Valentine's Day theme that was a day prior, but it had absolutely nothing to do with that Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Either way, it was a memorable segment even though it wasn't well executed.

25. Ted DiBiase (July 7, 2009)

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    As the second-ever guest host in Raw history, it was good to see Ted DiBiase back in WWE for one night only. Despite being one of the greatest villains in the business, DiBiase was still cheered by the WWE audience upon making his entrance, especially when he showed up with the classic Million Dollar Championship.

    What made his stint as guest host more intriguing was how he'd treat his son, Ted DiBiase, Jr. Instead of picking sides, DiBiase put his son in a match against then-WWE champion and fellow Legacy member Randy Orton after tension was teased between the two at The Bash pay-per-view.

    When the two met backstage later on in the show, Ted Jr. claimed he wasn't happy with his father's actions and slapped him across the face. The Million Dollar Man also made mention of the fact that he deserved to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, setting the stage for his induction the following year at WrestleMania 26.

24. Dule Hill (January 25, 2010)

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    Originally, Psych stars James Roday and Dule Hill were scheduled to host the January 25, 2010, edition of Raw together, but as noted, Roday had to pull out due to undergoing surgery that same day. While Hill was left to host Raw by himself, that didn't make his Monday night stay any less entertaining.

    He encountered several Superstars backstage, including John Cena who was starring on that week's episode of Psych on the USA Network. He'd also come across the lovely Alicia Fox who was simply using Hill to get ahead in her match that night.

    When things didn't go Foxy's way, she slapped Hill straight across the face. Hill may have walked away feeling sore, but succeeded in entertaining the WWE masses that night on Raw.

23. Pete Rose (March 22, 2010)

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    Pete Rose has a storied history with WWE, having appeared at three WrestleManias from 1998 to 2000. His several run-ins with Kane earned him a spot in the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

    He was announced as the special guest host for the March 22, 2010, edition of Raw, six days prior to WrestleMania 26. His first order of business saw him put his archenemy Kane in a match with Shawn Michaels in what would turn out to be HBK's final match on the flagship show before retiring from active competition that Sunday.

    Although Kane would lose that match, he'd exact revenge on Rose later in the night by attacking him in his backstage dressing room. It was a trip down memory lane for fans of the Attitude Era and those that loved the long running rivalry between them.

22. Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi (March 14, 2011)

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    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is perhaps one of the most polarizing celebrities in the eye of the mainstream media today. You either loved or hated her time on Jersey Shore, and the same can be said for her stint as Raw guest host.

    On the March 14, 2011, edition of Raw, Snooki had several backstage encounters with Vickie Guerrero, John Morrison and even Zack Ryder whose gimmick is similar to that of Jersey Shore. She was disgusted with the finish of the Vickie Guerrero vs. Trish Stratus match that saw Vickie defeat the former Women's champion and earn a spot on the Raw roster, so she did something drastic.

    She challenged Vickie's allies Lay-Cool and Dolph Ziggler to a six-person tag team match at WrestleMania 27 where her partners would be Morrison and Stratus. The match was made official for the event and the media went wild.

    Obviously, Snooki is no wrestler and some say her spot on the 'Mania card was a waste (I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment), but WWE got what they wanted out of it, and that was mainstream attention. No matter how much you may vilify her, you have to admit that her back flip in that match was pretty impressive.

21. Aaron Paul (March 3, 2014)

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    Aaron Paul is best known for his starring role on Breaking Bad, a show that is considered by many to be one of the best in modern memory, if not ever. Being a beloved celebrity, he fit in perfectly on the March 3 Raw where he hosted to promote his new movie, Need for Speed.

    It was only fitting that he entered the arena in a sports car with Dolph Ziggler as his passenger. He did commentary for Ziggler's match against Alberto Del Rio, helping him win with a distraction.

    Paul's Raw experience was brief, but it was a fun few minutes, and that night's Chicago crowd took a liking to him big time.

20. Cyndi Lauper (June 18, 2012)

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    As recently said by Triple H, WWE fans like to classify different time periods in wrestling with eras. There was the Attitude Era, the Ruthless Aggression Era and of course the Rock 'n' Wrestling Era which was in large part due to Cyndi Lauper.

    In the 1980s, Lauper was one of the biggest pop stars, and pro wrestling was one of the biggest phenomenons, so they pretty much went hand-in-hand. Lauper helped take wrestling to the mainstream with her work with the legendary Captain Lou Albano and—later on—"Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

    Despite all the bad blood between Lauper and Piper that dated back three decades, the two buried the hatchet on the June 18, 2012, edition of Raw. Their reunion was soon interrupted by Heath Slater who was making it a weekly routine to embarrass WWE Legends.

    Slater paid for his actions by being poked in the eyes by Piper before getting a record smashed over his head. It brought back memories of Piper doing the same to Albano way back when, so it was a nice, nostalgic segment for those that appreciate wrestling history.

19. Ben Roethlisberger (October 5, 2009)

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    Say what you will about what he's done on and off the field, but Ben Roethlisberger was a perfect guest host for Raw on October 5, 2009. He didn't come alone, however; he brought the Steelers team with him!

    Roethlisberger was all over the show that night. From giving Santino Marella some refereeing tips to granting The Miz one last shot at the United States Championship (which he won), Roethilisberger was Raw.

    The most memorable visual of the show came when Chris Jericho looked to leave his match with D-Generation X only to be tossed back in the ring by the Steelers who were clad in DX shirts. They all celebrated as the show went off the air and like most sport stars to host the flagship show, it garnered major mainstream media attention from ESPN and other outlets.

18. Ashton Kutcher (May 31, 2010)

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    The former star of That '70s Show brought his Punk'd-style antics to Raw on May 31, 2010. The theme of his appearance was that he had place a "hit" on Zack Ryder, but the former ECW Superstar had a tough time of figuring out who it was.

    By the end of the night, it was revealed to be Alicia Fox who had been Ryder's squeeze for all of two weeks. Kutcher is a genuinely funny guy and it was cool to see him in WWE, but he would have ranked higher on the list had all of his appearances that night not been pre-taped.

17. Jesse Ventura (November 23, 2009)

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    Jesse Ventura is a rare example of a figure that was successful both in and out of the wrestling business. Ventura was once one of the greatest commentators of all-time before branching off into politics and becoming the Governor of Minnesota in 1999.

    Ventura returned to Raw for the first time in years on November 23, 2009 for a Thanksgiving special to promote his new show, Conspiracy Theory. He arranged two never-before-seen matches that night: John Cena vs. CM Punk and D-Generation X vs. The Hart Dynasty.

    He also made an over-the-top-rope Battle Royal to determine the new No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship. By far the highlight of his Raw stint was hearing him do color commentary alongside Vince McMahon again.

    How great was it to hear "Shut up, McMahon!" again?

16. Seth Green (July 13, 2009)

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    Seth Green is among the elite few individuals that can say they hosted Raw before anyone else. Only the third man to run Raw, the guest host concept was still trying to find its legs, but Green put any and all doubt to rest with his appearance on July 13, 2009.

    He was the first guest host to put himself in a match on Raw which is why his stint on the flagship show garnered mainstream attention. The main event saw him team with John Cena and Triple H against The Legacy.

    He got in a few blows on Cody Rhodes and then-WWE champion Randy Orton before helping his team score the victory. Green certainly set the tone for all future celebrity guest hosts of the flagship show.

15. Shawn Michaels (June 27, 2011)

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    When one looks back at the June 27, 2011, episode of Raw, all that will be remembered is CM Punk's ground-breaking "pipebomb" promo. The show featured several solid matchups, but all of it was deemed irrelevant once Punk began speaking his mind that night in Las Vegas

    In one of the most underrated segments of 2011, Shawn Michaels kicked off the show to promote his new hunting show. He was soon interrupted by CM Punk and The New Nexus, and that's where the magic began.

    Being his hilarious self, Punk said that he'd go out as a winner (his last match was for the WWE Championship against John Cena three weeks later) unlike Michaels who lost in his final match in 2010. He also drew similarities between himself and Michaels to which HBK said that he and Punk were nothing alike.

    Punk issued a challenge to Michaels, but before their confrontation could elevate to a physical level, they were interrupted by the Anonymous Raw General Manager. They'd confront one another over two and a half years later, though that segment also served no purpose in the long scheme of things.

14. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (November 2, 2009)

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    Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were among the few celebrities to host Raw and be involved in a segment that was genuinely funny. Their appearance on the November 2, 2009, episode saw them mix it up with the likes of Jeri-Show, The Miz, D-Generation X and others.

    At one point in the night, they hosted their own talent show to find entertainment's next big star. Santino Marella, Jillian Hall and Chavo Guerrero all tried out, but each of them were turned down by the famous rock star couple.

    The competition never found a true winner, but it marked the debut of Chris Masters' dancing pectoral muscles. He'd make a gimmick out of that for the next several months before being drafted back to SmackDown in 2010.

13. William Shatner (February 1, 2010)

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    Did you know former Star Trek star William Shatner is a good friend of Jerry Lawler in real life? The WWE Universe didn't seem to care about that when they booed him relentlessly during his induction speech for The King at the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame.

    However, if you ask any wrestling fan what they remember most about Shatner, more often than not they'll mention his Raw appearance on February 1, 2010. He served as the guest host for the night and was featured in several hysterical segments.

    During an altercation between ShoMiz and The Straightedge Society backstage, Shatner appeared out of nowhere as the "Raw Match Negotiator" to book a Unified WWE Tag Team Championship match for later on in the night.

    More notably, Shatner sang the entrance themes of John Cena, Triple H and others in hilarious fashion. Seriously, if you've never seen it, check it out.

12. Pee-Wee Herman (November 1, 2010)

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    When it was initially announced that Pee-Wee Herman would be guest hosting the November 1, 2010, edition of Raw, there was a bit of a controversial outburst among fans. It's safe to say that Herman doesn't exactly fit the PG rating bill of WWE, so it was going to be interesting to see how he'd be utilized.

    The Miz, arguably one of the best mic workers in WWE at the time, had a hilarious confrontation with Herman in the middle of the ring. It didn't overstay its welcome, and it soon saw Big H come to Herman's rescue when Miz nearly got physical.

    If that wasn't enough, Herman brought one of his good friends Lita, who hadn't been seen on WWE TV in over five years, along for the ride with him!

11. Jeremy Piven (August 3, 2009)

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    Sometimes the worst Raw guest hosts end up being the best, and that couldn't be more true than with Jeremy Piven.

    Promoting their new movie, The Goods, Piven and Dr. Ken invaded Raw on August 3, 2009. At the start of the show, they were confronted by John Cena and The Miz and responded by putting the two in a Lumberjack match together in the main event.

    However, Piven raised the stakes by saying that if Miz lost, he'd not only be banned from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and SummerSlam (which Piven infamously referred to as "SummerFest") but Raw as well.

    After Cena made quick work of Miz, Piven and Ken turned on the leader of the Cenation for some strange reason. Regardless, Cena got the best of both of them, tossing them over the top rope and into the sea of Superstars down below.

10. Mark Cuban (December 7, 2009)

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    A wrestling fan may look at Mark Cuban as Raw guest host and say, "WWE brought him in only because they wanted coverage from ESPN." While that may be true, you have to give it up to Cuban for going through as much as he did on this show.

    Sheamus, the No. 1 contender to the WWE Championship at the time, was riding a wave of momentum. Six days from the December 7, 2009, edition of Raw he would be competing in the biggest match of his career against John Cena with the company's most prestigious prize up for grabs.

    Cuban hosted a final debate between Cena and Sheamus at the conclusion of the show, but like most talking segments in WWE, it ended with physicality. Even Sheamus' power was too much for Cena to handle, leaving Cuban to fend for himself.

    Instead of scurrying off, the Dallas Mavericks owner stood up against Sheamus, shoving him to the mat. Sheamus then responded by kneeing Cuban in the gut, picking him up and slamming him through a table positioned in the turnbuckle.

    It was a perfect way of foreshadowing what was to come that Sunday at TLC in the Tables match between Cena and Sheamus. I've listed several stars who took abuse from WWE wrestlers, but none of them earned my respect more than Cuban.

9. Mike Tyson (January 11, 2010)

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    From Pete Rose to Jesse Ventura, the best guest hosts of Raw have been ones that have ties to the wrestling industry. Mike Tyson was no exception, having played a major role in ushering in The Attitude Era in 1998.

    Tyson's double crossing of D-Generation X at WrestleMania 14 was alluded to upon his return to the flagship show on January 11, 2010, when he aligned with Chris Jericho against the rebellious group. As Jericho would soon learn, history repeated itself as he turned on Jericho in his tag team match against DX.

    Tyson's knockout punch to Jericho will not be soon forgotten by wrestling fans or the boxing star himself. Being as big of a wrestling fan as he is, it must have been cool for Tyson to return to Raw in grandiose fashion, almost exactly 12 years removed from his initial appearance.

8. Mick Foley (December 24, 2012)

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    Technically, it wasn't Mick Foley as himself hosting Raw, but rather as Foley Claus. In 2012, Raw happened to fall on Christmas Eve and in place of their usual programming, they aired a special holiday edition of the show.

    Serving as the night's guest host was good ol' Saint Nick, but his Raw appearance wasn't without its hiccups. Within mere minutes of the show starting, Santa was run over by the vile Alberto Del Rio in his luxurious car.

    Santa ended up making a full recovery and exacting his revenge on Del Rio during his main event match with John Cena later in the night. He closed the show by giving out gifts to audience members and wishing everyone a happy holiday.

    It's no secret that Foley is a big fan of the holiday season, so it was only fitting that he was the one under the big red suit. He resembled Saint Nick so strongly that I didn't even know it was him until after the show was over!

7. The Cast of 'MacGruber' (April 19, 2010)

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    This was one of those episodes that is rarely ever brought up in the "best Raws of the modern era" discussion. While it was by no means the greatest episode to ever air, it was pretty underrated in my opinion, especially given the circumstances.

    The April 19, 2010, edition of Raw emanated from East Rutherford, NJ, but due to a weather emergency, all flights from Europe were cancelled and most of the Raw roster was left there stranded, unable to appear on the show. WWE called an audible and brought in the stars of SmackDown to fill in for them in their absence.

    The episode was notable for several reasons including the fact that it marked the final time Triple H and Undertaker wrestled on Raw for over three years. It was also guest hosted by the cast of MacGruber, a movie featuring cameos by several WWE Superstars.

    Throughout the evening, MacGruber (Will Forte) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) were involved in a handful of hilarious segments. From peeing his pants and blaming it on Kane to almost getting his girl stolen by Chris Jericho, MacGruber was easily the star of the show.

    He was challenged to a match by Vladimir Kozlov, but MacGruber and his long lost brother KhaliGruber defeated him in decisive fashion. MacGruber may not have been the best movie, but MacGruber was definitely one of the best guest hosts in Raw history.

6. Shaquille O'Neal (July 27, 2009)

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    The guest host concept was still in its infancy at this point, but of all the celebrities to hold the reins of Raw, Shaquille O'Neal seemed to make the most sense. A former NBA star, O'Neal is a larger than life personality that goes hand-in-hand with the wrestling world.

    As the night's on-air authority figure, O'Neal constructed a series of Beat the Clock Challenge matches that would determine a new No. 1 contender to the WWE Championship. Another match he made official for the main event saw then-Unified WWE Tag Team champions Jeri-Show battle O'Neal's handpicked team of Cryme Tyme.

    The special caveat of the match was that O'Neil would serve as the special ring enforcer. Cryme Tyme scored the victory via disqualification, the biggest Raw win of their career.

    Before Show could go to work on JTG and Shad, Shaq entered the ring and came face-to-face with The World's Largest Athlete. The crowd nearly came unglued when the two behemoths clashed, leading to both men grasping as the other's throat.

    In the end, Shaq got the better of the exchange and tossed Show off the top rope. Shaq celebrated with Cryme Tyme to close the show, leaving fans worldwide wanting more.

    A match between Show and Shaq at WrestleMania had been rumored for years, but it unfortunately never came to fruition. Both are past the point of relevancy in their respective careers, so it's a shame WWE missed the perfect opportunity to have them face off on "The Grandest Stage of Them All."

5. Hugh Jackman (September 19, 2011; April 28, 2014)

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    The main goal of any celebrity guest hosting Raw is to put over and promote their product. Whether it be a new movie, television show or autobiography, the celebrities that run Raw always have something to plug, otherwise why would they be there?

    Hugh Jackman, of all the pop culture icons to appear on the flagship show, was one of—if not the sole—guest host successful in selling me on what he was promoting: Reel Steel. The premise of the movie is that a young boy leads an underdog robot to super stardom, and what I loved so much about his appearance on the September 19, 2011, Raw was that it tied into the theme of the film.

    Jackman cut a promo in the ring addressing the WWE Universe, but he was interrupted by Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero. Ziggler's promo was soon met with chants for Zack Ryder, leading to Jackman making a match between the two for later in the night.

    Ryder, after being cast as a laughing stock for most of of his WWE career, was believed to have zero chance of defeating Ziggler, but due to a little help from Jackman at ringside (sporting a Ryder headband and all), The Long Island Iced Z scored the surprising upset.

    This blockbuster win for Ryder triggered a feud between him and the bleached-blonde Superstar over the United States Championship for the remainder of the year. Ziggler sold Jackman's punch to his jaw so well that fans thought it was real for a while.

    Jackman is the only individual in the history of the Monday night program to host Raw twice, making his second appearance on the April 28, 2014, episode. While it wasn't as entertaining or successful as his last WWE stint, his interactions with Ziggler (whom he buried the hatchet with) and Damien Sandow were comical to say the least.

4. Stone Cold Steve Austin (March 15, 2010)

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    Since retiring from the ring in 2003, Stone Cold Steve Austin has made countless appearances on WWE TV. His appearances have become less and less frequent as time has progressed, making it that much more special whenever he does show up on the Monday night program.

    For the first time since being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at WrestleMania 25, Austin returned to WWE TV to guest host the March 15, 2010, episode of Raw. He served as the mediator for a contract signing between two of his biggest rivals: Bret Hart and Vince McMahon.

    That same night, he confronted his WrestleMania 14 opponent Shawn Michaels backstage, telling him he didn't think he was capable of breaking The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania 26. It was a trip down memory lane for fans of Austin and The Attitude Era that night, making his guest host stint an automatic success.

3. The Muppets (October 31, 2011)

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    Okay, I'll admit: I may be a bit bias in my ranking seeing how I grew up on The Muppets, but even from a casual fan's standpoint, The Muppets were a major success as Raw guest hosts. It was the October 31, 2011, edition of Raw, and what better night for them to host than on Halloween?

    They may not be directed toward the older demographic that watches Raw, but in a PG world, they fit in perfectly. From Kermit the Frog referring to Vickie Guerrero as Jack Swagger's mother to Beaker calling Sheamus his long lost cousin, it was a fun night for fans of The Muppets and WWE alike.

    Depending on who you talk to, it's arguable where The Muppets belong on this list, but in the grand scheme of things, their appearance built a working relationship between them and WWE that would see them appear at the 2012 Tribute to the Troops show and serve as "Social Media Ambassadors" for Raw earlier this year.

2. Bret Hart (January 4, 2010)

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    If there's one thing we wrestling fans have learned over the years it's that anyone that has had a falling out with WWE is due back at some point. It could take decades as it did in the cases of Bruno Sammartino and The Ultimate Warrior, but even they have returned home in recent years.

    It was Bret Hart who started the trend in 2010 when he came back to WWE after a near-13 year absence, not counting his WWE Hall of Fame induction in 2006. Many fans thought he'd never be back following the events of the Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series 1997, but the unthinkable happened when he signed a Legends deal with the company in early 2010.

    After weeks and weeks of being asked about bringing Bret Hart in as a guest host, Vince McMahon finally gave in and announced the former multi-time WWE champion as the host of the January 4, 2010, edition of Raw. It created a major buzz around the product for the first time in years.

    Hart kicked off the show by calling out Shawn Michaels who was one of the biggest factors as to why he left WWE to begin with. Despite that, HBK and Hart made amends and embraced each other in a hug in what was one of the most emotionally touching moments in recent Raw history.

    The WWE Hall of Famer wasn't as lucky when he confronted Vince McMahon later in the night, however, as he was once again double crossed by the boss when he was on the receiving end of a low blow. This set up a WrestleMania 26 match between the two as well as a working relationship between the two parties that still lives on to this day.

1. Bob Barker (September 7, 2009)

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    As you could probably tell from this list, there have been countless guest hosts over the years that have had zero knowledge of the WWE product, making their appearances absolutely atrocious. One man who didn't need to know anything about wrestling yet was still able to pull it off was Bob Barker.

    WWE usually takes it easy for their Labor Day editions of Raw knowing that they won't have a large audience due to the holiday. However, they went all out when they announced Barker as the night's guest star and that he'd be hosting a special version of "The Price is Raw."

    The show kicked off with the segment with Santino Marella, Jillian Hall, I.R.S. and Chris Jericho serving as the contestants. They were all asked to bid on the 15th Anniversary of SmackDown DVD.

    Santino, being Santino, made his bid well over $1,000. Jillian sang her bid, much to the displeasure of the live audience. I.R.S. predictably asked if the bid included taxes—and then there was Jericho.

    Jericho's best heel work came in 2008 during his runs as World Heavyweight champion, but he was still one of the most despised villains in all of WWE well into 2009. The dynamic he and Barker had was off the charts, and it created, for lack of a better term, magic.

    The exchange the two had was brief, yet one of the most memorable segments in the history of the Raw guest host concept. Barker would host The Price is Raw several more times throughout the night, even delivering a chop to the back of Chavo Guerrero at one point backstage.

    Being as successful as a guest host that he was, it's truly shocking that Barker hasn't been brought back since. However, his Raw stint did in fact earn him the Slammy Award for Best Guest Host that December.

    He may have had only one appearance in WWE, but I personally feel Barker is deserving of a WWE Hall of Fame induction as part of the celebrity wing at some point down the line. How many of the aforementioned guest hosts can say that?

    Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website at Next Era Wrestling, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.


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