WWE announced last night during ‘RAW’ that actor Aaron Paul star of the hit AMC series ‘Breaking Bad’ and the upcoming feature film ‘Need for Speed’ will be the special guest star of next Monday’s ‘RAW’ broadcast from Chicago at the Allstate Arena. The actor joins recent celebrity guest hosts/star like Hollywod icon Betty White and football great Michael Strahan. The news was confirmed locally by the Chicago Tribune and it will not be a walk-in-the-park for Paul for circumstances going on outside of the ring.
This is because many wrestling fans and insiders are speculating that the usually electric Windy City crowd will be vocally hostile towards WWE's flagship TV show next week with a demand to see the return of superstar CM Punk who controversially left the company last month at RAW broadcast the night after the Royal Rumble pay per view. There is no indication that former WWE Champion will indeed appear in the arena on RAW but it seems like the best possible situation to reintroduce him to the road to Wrestlemania 30. It has been widely reported that Punk is upset with WWE and his current contract is set to run out in July.
Even if Paul gets booed out of the Allstate and back onto the I-90 expressway, he still gets to star in the fast car thriller 'Need for Speed' which hits theaters on Friday March 14th. As the guest host of RAW, WWE fans should expect Paul to be involved in a backstage skit or two or possible make a match on the show.
Outside of RAW next week, WWE will for the second consecutive year will bring the 'Payback' pay per view to Chicago's Allstate Arena on Saturday June 1st. Last year the event saw CM Punk return from a post-Wrestlemania break to steal the show with Chris Jericho.
Pro Wrestling Examiner's Perspective: Expect this surly Chicago audience to not completely curse out Aaron Paul who has some street cred for playing a character on one of the greatest TV shows in recent memory, but his on-air appearance could easily turn into a "WE WANT PUNK" chanting storm. As a Chicagoan who has attended dozen of events at the arena formerly known as the Rosemont Horizon, this Examiner can attest to you all it's one of the most engaging and moving pro wrestling audiences in the world. If you don't believe this perspective, go watch Money in the Bank 2011 on the WWE Network.