The Best And Worst Of WWF Monday Night Raw 12/9/96: Brand Loyalty

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03.02.16 7 Comments

Previously on the vintage Best and Worst of WWF Monday Night Raw: We’re on the Road to In Your House: It’s Time, and you know what that means! Wait, you don’t?

On last week’s show we got the Raw debut of Flash Funk, and the Raw return of Vince McMahon being really weird around black people. Shawn Michaels is still upset about Survivor Series, the Karate Fighters tournament rages on, and Bradshaw and Jesse James had match one in their legendary two-part series even Bradshaw and Jesse James have forgotten.

You can watch this week’s episode here, and check all the episodes you may’ve missed at the Best and Worst of WWF Monday Night Raw tag page. Follow along with the competition here.

And now, the Best and Worst of WWF Monday Night Raw for December 9, 1996.

Worst: It’s Time To Not Play The Game

This week, we open with one of the most 2016 Raw matches you’ll ever see: WWF Champion Sycho Sid facing Intercontinental Champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley. That should be a big deal, right? Champion vs. Champion? Especially with a pay-per-view coming up. You want to keep them both strong so the crowd will be invested in their matches, and buy into the drama. If they buy into the drama, they might pay you to watch the show.

Instead, it’s just Sid basically wrestling Triple H by standing still, and H bumping until he decides to take a purposeful count-out loss. It’s good to know they’ve had these problems for 20 years, I guess.

Seriously though, Sid is practically immobile. He’ll do a move and just stand there, and the crowd will respond so he’ll maybe look up at them and slowly walk toward a corner. I feel like if Sid ever had a sense of urgency and looked like he was trying to win matches, he’d have been the most unstoppable wrestler ever. He goes for a powerbomb and just stands there bent over, hugging you with your head in his crotch, like he’s gotta burp before he does it. It’s so weird.

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