Last night, Ozzy Osbourne took some time off from jamming with Metallica and headed to Worcester, Massachusetts to invade WWE’s “Raw,” the sports entertainment company’s long-running weekly live show. Osbourne was accompanied by wife and manager Sharon, and he presided over the two hours with an iron fist, making matches, cutting promos and referring constantly to “Crazy Train.” He also made copious plugs for his upcoming book “I Am Ozzy,” his forthcoming autobiography that hits stores in January. (Sample text: “I survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses, STDs. I’ve been accused of attempted murder. Then I almost died while riding over a bump on a quad bike at f—ing two miles per hour.” The rest of it must be awesome.)
In the show’s best segment, Ozzy, Sharon and seven foot giant the Great Khali sat in as judges on a segment called “Raw’s Got Talent.” Comedy act Santino Marella bit the head off of a Batman action figure in a pale homage to Ozzy’s notorious bat-biting incident. But then “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters came up and flexed his ample muscles rhythmically to “Crazy Train,” which drew big cheers from the crowd and genuine laughs from Ozzy.
WWE has been recruiting guest hosts for its Monday night show for a few months now, and Ozzy is one of the few musicians to step into the ring for the show. (Snoop Dogg and the men of ZZ Top already beat him to the punch.)
If nothing else, last night’s show reminded everybody of the greatness of Ozzy’s output, particularly “Crazy Train,” which is always good for one more spin.