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Anyone familiar with Mark Cuban already knew before Raw aired Monday night from Dallas that he's a natural for pro wrestling, so it was no surprise that the flamboyant owner of the Dallas Mavericks hit a home run with his performance as guest host. Wait, wrong sport. Make that a slam dunk.

Cuban was like Bret Hart during his feud with Steve Austin in 1997 – a heel everywhere else but a huge babyface in his own backyard. Personally, I respect Cuban for his passion, his commitment to winning and being a non-conformist. He's a breath of fresh air compared to the large number of faceless, stodgy owners of professional sports teams.Cuban brought the same enthusiasm that he shows at Mavericks home games to Raw, and he had more of a presence on the show than any other host. Cuban sat in the front row (along with several members of the Mavs), handled himself well on the microphone, refereed a match and got put through a table by Sheamus. The latter was a SportsCenter moment. "Da-da da, da-da da."

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The only thing I didn't care for was Cuban standing up to and shoving down Sheamus, who is being portrayed as a monster heel. Shaquille O'Neal putting his hands on a wrestler is one thing, but not a non-athlete should have backed off.

Also, because Cuban is so disliked outside of Dallas, it probably didn't make anyone watching hate Sheamus for assaulting Cuban. It did get Shemaus on SportsCenter, however, which is good for WWE as far as getting his face out to a wide audience.

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

WWE has been criticized for focusing too much on the guest hosts on Raw and not enough on selling its pay-per-views. Despite this being The Mark Cuban show, however, I thought WWE did a good job of hard-selling Sunday's TLC show. …

John Cena cut another strong promo on Sheamus, and to be fair, Sheamus' promo wasn't bad either. One byproduct of Sheamus' premature big push is that it's making Cena more popular. It seems that even the anti-Cena contingent doesn't want to cheer Sheamus. By the way, it's not often that I fast-forward during Raw, but every time a video package of Sheamus aired, my finger hit the button. …

Chris Jericho and The Big Show's beat-down of DX was very well done. It really made you want to see Jericho get his comeuppance at TLC because he has been mouthing off and backing it up, even getting the last laugh when put in a two-on-one handicap match against Shawn Michaels and Triple H. …

I was surprised WWE actually put on a match between Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston six days before they face each other on pay-per-view. It was kept short at least and it did make sense in the story line. …

I was thinking how lame the DX backstage skit was as they were babbling about Stars Wars characters, when suddenly Michaels and Triple H pulled scripts out of their pockets and remarked how awful the dialogue was. Now that was funny. …

Man, am I sick of Hornswoggle interacting with DX. …

Maryse is so great in her role. Her match with Gail Kim had more heat than most WWE women's matches. …

It was so obvious that the referee saw Maryse's feet on the ropes when she pinned Kim – and he had to sell that he didn't – that Michael Cole said, "The referee apparently didn't see it." I was glad he emphasized the word "apparently." Otherwise the announcers would have looked ridiculous. …

The Miz got an impressive win over Mark Henry. I liked the finish, as Miz turned Henry's attempt at the World's Strongest Slam into a DDT for the win. …

Chris Masters is actually getting over as a mid-card babyface due to his dancing pecs. It is pretty entertaining, but it probably has a limited shelf life, ala Charlie Haas' impersonator gimmick. …

Evan Bourne and Primo, who lost again to Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes, make a good jobber-to-the-stars tag team. They won't win, but the match will be exciting and they'll make their opponents look good. It's a shame though, that a guy as talented as Bourne is relegated to that role.

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