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Jeremy Piven to host Raw; 20 suggestions for future hosts

WWE announced today that actor Jeremy Piven (Entourage) will be the guest host for Raw on Aug 3. He is the latest celebrity to host the show, following Seth Green, ZZ Top and Shaquille O'Neal, who will host this Monday's Raw at Verizon Center in Washington.

I know that everyone isn't a fan of Raw having a guest host every week, but I like the concept. Having wrestling personalities and celebrities serve as hosts adds another dimension to a show that a lot of fans thought needed a spark. And remember, Raw isn't just a wrestling program. It's an entertainment program.

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Since it appears that the guest host format might be around for a while, I came up with a list of potential hosts that I'd like to see or that I think there is a good chance of seeing. I tried to keep it at least somewhat realistic.

Here's the list (in alphabetical order):

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Steve Austin

Hulk Hogan

LeBron James

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Stacy Keibler

Kid Rock

Kiss

Ray Lewis

Mr. T

Ozzy Osbourne

Terrell Owens

Regis Philbin

Roddy Piper

Dusty Rhodes

Sgt. Slaughter

Jimmy Snuka

Trish Stratus

The Iron Sheik

Mike Tyson

Jesse Ventura

Comments: Austin and Johnson seem to have moved on from wrestling, but they might consider doing a one-night-only appearance if they had a movie to promote. … Hogan would probably jump at the chance to get back on WWE TV and shoot an angle that leads to one final WrestleMania appearance. … Piper, Rhodes and Slaughter are all WWE Hall of Famers who are on good terms with the company and would be fun hosts. … Ventura and Vince McMahon have had a love-hate relationship over the years, so even though they aren't on the best terms at the moment, that could change in a heartbeat. "The Body" is always entertaining. … James is a WWE fan, so he might be willing to do it. Getting an NBA mega-star such as James would guarantee coverage in the mainstream sports media. … Owens would draw a lot of coverage as well, although I think WWE may already have enough divas. …Speaking of divas, you have to have some women in the mix, and who better than Stratus and Keibler? Stratus is perhaps the most popular diva ever, and Keibler became a household name after appearing on Dancing with the Stars. … Mr. T (in the '80s) and Tyson (in the '90s) each played very significant roles in WWE becoming the dominant force in the wrestling industry. … Ozzy, Snuka and the Sheik would all be must-see train wrecks. WWE would be wise to pre-tape all of the Sheik's segments. Who knows what he would say on live TV? That wouldn't be as much of an issue with Ozzy because no one can understand him anyway… I'm a huge Kiss fan, so I'd love to see them do the show. Hopefully it would be better than their appearance on WCW Nitro a decade ago when The Demon was unleashed on the wrestling world. … Kid Rock and Philbin both have worked with WWE in the past. Philbin has a long association with wrestling and could help WWE reach an older demographic. … As a Ravens fan, I had to throw Lewis in there. It's a little-known-fact that WWE tried to put together a deal to have Lewis face Triple H at WrestleMania in 2001.

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