The Best And Worst Of WWF Monday Night Raw 5/20/96: Ultimate Warrior Holding A Baby

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And now, the Best and Worst of WWF Monday Night RAW for May 20, 1996.

Worst: The Frustration Of A WWF That’s Almost Right

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The most frustrating part of revisiting Raws from this era is seeing stars you recognize, but realize that they aren’t quite “right.” Shawn Michaels is here, but he’s a do-gooding, Playgirl-posing pet of Vince McMahon, stuck between his first peak (the Shawn that tossed Marty through a window) and his second (the Shawn that pantomimes blowjobs to piss people off). Triple H is here, but he’s a blueblood loser who doesn’t know how to speak into a microphone. Mankind’s here, but all he does is shriek and you don’t see any of what makes him him. The next two years of TV are a formative process that changes how everything works and is presented, but right now we’re basically stuck seeing a bunch of exciting characters laying around in chinlocks, waiting for something to happen.