Previously on the vintage Best and Worst of WWF Monday Night Raw: Fake Diesel and Fake Razor Ramon continue their fake invasion of the fake fighting show. Also, Sid is invincible, The Undertaker and Mankind are spending weeks digging graves they won’t actually get to use in their upcoming in-arena Buried Alive match, and Jeff Jarrett — a pro wrestler who also wants to be a country singer — has been outed as a “fraud.” He didn’t really sing the song he said he sang! Let’s harp on that on the show where people aren’t actually punching and kicking each other!
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Worst: Vader Is Hurt And Nobody’s Here
And now, one of the lowest rated Raws in The History Of Our Sport.
As you know, this is from the era of Raw where they’d tape a ton of episodes at once. What that means is that by the time you get to the final episode, the arena’s half empty, the people who stayed are burned the hell out from hours and hours of terrible 1996 Raws and the wrestlers are either injured or about to be. The previous set of tapings had Ahmed Johnson competing in a battle royal with an exploded kidney, and this set has poor Vader stumbling around a 5-minutes-to-midnight match against Phineas Godwinn at 10% speed because he’s hurt and tired.
This week’s show is all about Sid, because he’s next in line for the WWF Championship and needs to look like the world’s wettest, most unsinkable battleship. He shows up to cause a distraction in the opening match, but it goes nowhere because even 10% Vader can annihilate Phineas f*cking Godwinn. The second (and only other) talking point of the episode is that Jim Ross is being “replaced” by Vince McMahon next week per the orders of “executive producer Kevin Dunn,” namedropped on TV for (I believe) the first time. If you aren’t “smart” enough to have a built-in hatred for Dunn, imagine him as the Emperor Palpatine behind Vince’s Darth Vader. The Dick Cheney behind Vince’s George W. Bush. He’s the guy you should actually hate for all the stuff that pisses you off when you’re a decent person and make an investment in the product.