There have been countless celebrities who have appeared in the wrestling industry since it was normalized in the mid-80s. Many of these celebrities provided entertainment, and some even looked like they should be part of it – look no further than Bad Bunny’s incredible feat WrestleMania 37.
On the other hand, many of these appearances seemed forced and unnatural, as the celebrities involved did not belong near a wrestling ring. While many of these cases have been forgotten, some others are remembered for their sheer shame alone.
10 Jay Leno
WCW decided to make talk show icon Jay Leno his in-ring debut in the main event of the event 1998 Road Wild Pay-per-view on August 8, 1998 to improve audience ratings. He teamed up with DDP and the two men defeated Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in a deplorable 15-minute affair.
The foolish appearance failed to impress and did nothing but debilitate professional wrestling after Hulk Hogan shamelessly writhed in pain when Leno trapped a devastating arm bar. While the tide was already turning in WWE’s favor on Monday Night Wars, that incident allowed them to widen the divide between companies.
9 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian was the hostess for WrestleMania XXIVwhich has been well received by critics and fans alike. On the flip side, the company’s decision to use the reality TV star (who obviously had no clue about wrestling) to host the most important night of the year wasn’t nearly as popular.
She wasn’t even the most famous celebrity to appear that night as Snoop Dogg was at the ring for the Bunny Mania Lumberjill match. Additionally, she wasn’t the most relevant celebrity to appear that night, as Floyd knocked out “Money” the Mayweather Big Show in one of the night’s main events.
8th Drew Carey
The Royal Rumble has made countless upset appearances over the years, but Drew Carey, who made his wrestling debut during the 2001 match, was arguably the most random. There were probably a lot of people who had no idea who he was, and those who knew him probably referred to him as “Price’s guy is right”. Still, absolutely no one wanted to see him in the match.
Carey not only looked out of position in the wrestling ring, but he was too saw like a middle-aged gym teacher whose main activity is going to the break room to pick up a donut between classes. In a similar context, this tracksuit is ridiculous.
7th Kevin Federline
People say to get distracted and busy when going through a breakup, and Kevin Federline did just that when he made his WWE debut when he was in the middle of a chaotic divorce from Britney Spears. He started a heated feud with John Cena, whom he challenged to a match on the New Years edition of Monday Night Raw, which he won with the help of Johnny Nitro and Umaga.
Despite the multiple hiring adjustments he went through after the competition, Federline can still say that he emerged victorious from his rivalry with the Doctor of Thuganomics and ended his wrestling career with an undefeated record of 1-0. We can all hope it stays that way.
6th Grumpy cat
Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became an internet sensation in 2012 due to its bad-tempered appearance. She showed a great range and was featured on Good morning America, american idoland even hosted an episode of Monday Night Raw on November 17, 2014.
The presenter was well received backstage as almost every wrestler flocked to take pictures with the internet meme, but fans perceived her role on the show differently. She neglected to add additional entertainment to the show and this was one of her final appearances. She died in 2019, but her memory lives on in the hearts and minds of her 10 million followers on Instagram and Facebook together.
5 Jon Stewart
Unlike most celebrity presenters, Jon Stewart, who hosted the 2015 SummerSlam pay-per-view, had a huge impact on the show. Stewart helped Seth Rollins keep his World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena in the show’s main event after hitting the Doctor of Thuganomics with a steel chair that later prevented him from breaking Ric Flair’s championship record.
The excitement surrounding the talk show host was already minuscule, and interference in the incredible competition caused Stewart to lose the heat. While the end of the Main Event dampened the fight a bit, it didn’t stop it from becoming an instant classic.
Jersey Shore Star Snooki began a feud with Vickie Guerrero when she was the guest hostess for Monday Night Raw on March 14, 2011. She also appeared on WrestleMania XXVII, where she defeated LayCool with John Morrison and Trish Stratus by her side.
Nobody wanted to see the reality TV star on WWE TV, and her appearances were badly received by fans and critics alike. She may have received the WWE A-Lister of the Year Slammy Award, but that doesn’t say much when you consider the company would do anything to be clout.
3 Miss Piggy (& the rest of the Muppets)
The Muppets were promoting their upcoming movie when they hosted Monday Night Raw on October 31, 2011. The younger WWE audience liked the appearance of the Muppet gang, but almost everyone else hated their presence. Aside from a few silly monologues, they added very little to the entertainment value of the program.
There were a few funny moments throughout (thanks to Santino Marella), and the show wasn’t as bad as it could have been given the ridiculousness of the hosts, but it seems like a safe bet to assume they won’t join the WWE- Television will be returning sometime soon.
2 Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven and Ken Jeong guest hosts on Monday Night Raw to promote their upcoming film The goods: live hard, sell hard on Aug. 3, 2009. It was clear that none of the actors (at least Jeong, who passed by with his incredible sense of humor) had any knowledge of the wrestling industry, and their performance was one of the worst in the celebrity hosting era.
If the company decides to bring back celebrity hosts this summer, they will certainly be hoping to find someone with a little more wrestling knowledge to promote SummerFest next month … uh, SummerSlam.
1 David Arquette
Of all the deplorable storylines used by WCW to try to regain their position in the Monday Night Wars, their decision to win David Arquette in the World Heavyweight Championship was arguably the most unforgivable. Arquette, who recently returned to the world of professional wrestling with his film You can’t kill David Arquette, feuded with Eric Bischoff and associated with DDP during his brief tenure at the company.
While he may have only held the belt for 12 days before putting it on Slamboree Pay-per-view (which he called the headline) the domination was more than enough to undo so much credibility that the championship previously had.
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