I haven't watched much TNA. However, during what little I did watch regularly a year or two ago, the Mr. Anderson character—labeled as the "asshole"—was notorious for being an awful friend and tag team partner, as he was constantly turning his back on people.
The friendships between Anderson and Jeff Hardy and between Anderson and RVD were two instances where fans questioned how dependable Anderson could be under pressure.
Usually when Anderson's name comes up in talk about WWE, it's in regard to how Kennedy's constant botched moves allegedly made various high-profile superstars complain to management that they did not want to work with him.
For whatever the real reason happened to be, Anderson and WWE parted ways, which has since left a sour taste in many fans' mouths.
However, in this case, I'm going to make an exception.
I'm not going to start an opinionated debate about how Anderson got screwed over by WWE and how mishandling his character was a huge loss for WWE that led to major gains for TNA.
No. I'm going to take a slightly different stance—the WWE really doesn't need Anderson.
Why? Because they already have Miz.
Anderson may very well be a more seasoned wrestler than Miz. And Anderson may even have a more intimidating look and presence than Miz. But, both of these guys' bread and butter lie in two crucial things.
First, their abilities on the microphone are great. Both are clever, witty, funny and make an impact. They can lay out a biting put-down, they can turn something into a spot of comedy, they can get loud... they can do it all.
Second, they've gone through periods where no one trusted them. Anderson turned such a rep into a reason to continue his quest for the TNA Championship, and, eventually, he made it happen.
One crucial difference for these guys, though, is the environments they find themselves in. Sure, there are some heels in TNA that cheat, but most are surprisingly terrific wrestlers that—to the company's credit—actually get to win matches clean on occasion.
To be honest, while it's good for heels to win matches clean, it ends up making the entertainment far more real.
In WWE, Miz's untrustworthy heel rep is predicated by how often he's cheated—or had others cheat for him—to keep various titles.
He used his Money in the Bank win to cash in on Randy Orton following Survivor Series 2010. After that, he only defended the belt clean against a small handful of opponents—he pinned Jerry Lawler clean, and technically his win against Morrison at the beginning of 2011 was clean, despite it being a Falls Count Anywhere match.
But, aside from that, Alex Riley helped him all the way through.
Thus, Miz finds himself in a really desperate place. His character saw the heights of success at the main event of Wrestlemania 27, and, since then, his career has seen only constant downward spiral.
He loses the WWE Title at Extreme Rules, A-Ry dumps him. He teams up with R-Truth, they get fired and rehired, then beaten to death by The Rock at Survivor Series 2011. I think Cena might've been in that match as well, at some point, and now he's once again alone.
He's tried to make nice with John Laurinaitis, but his attempts have all seemed to fall on deaf ears. He turned his back on R-Truth, and when Miz attempted to ask Laurinaitis to help him, Laurinaitis blew him off.
This is interesting because Laurinaitis has helped Cena tons of times and given Cena all manner of benefits and title shots and opportunities and free passes and easy matches to win along the way.
But that's an issue for another article.
So, what would happen if Miz relied on Laurinaitis to help him in some way but Laurinaitis didn't come through on his end, or even better, he flat out refuses and blows Miz off entirely?
Miz would, or should, be pretty discouraged.
He's let his wrestling skill fall by the wayside in the name of making waves in other ways.
If he hasn't been wrestling his best, and he can't talk people into helping him, what's really the point of continuing any further?
All roads just seem to be hitting dead ends.
I'm not saying is that Miz should break into tears backstage and cameras should get it all on tape. I'm saying that if Miz decided to pack his stuff in the locker room, walk out and tell someone like CM Punk that he's going home and may need to take time off, that Punk would likely rip on him.
Punk would stand there and not exactly kick Miz when he's down, but he would make a backhanded remark to guide Miz toward a better way by poking at Miz's insecurity to make him defensive enough to join him.
After all, in a lot of ways, CM Punk and Miz are rather the same. Both talented wrestlers in their own respects, both are incredibly talented on the microphone and neither of them are utilized half as well as their potential says they should be.
Not to mention, both have had numerous run-ins with John Laurinaitis and have gotten the short end of the stick as a result.
A lot of people have said that a feud between CM Punk and Miz would be epic, due to the fantastic promos the two of them would cut in building toward their match. However, that line of thinking should really be directed in a different way.
Instead of CM Punk and Miz facing off, the two of them should join forces.
In fact, I'd up the ante even further and say that Punk's persuasiveness,instead of being used to create some psychotic ego-driven faction poised to dominate WWE programming, could even be used to mend the fences between Miz and R-Truth.
Once that happens, and after an ample amount of time away, why not bring on John Hennigan—formerly Morrison—back to join the party?
CM Punk, R-Truth, The Miz and Hennigan. Sounds like a pretty interesting gang of talent to me.
Maybe you'll disagree, but , Hennigan shooting on the mic on TV could be a lot more entertaining than Morrison trying to deliver memorized lines. These four could bring back the art of a popular face stable.
And, it could get fans involved, making the experience feel more interactive.
It could be huge!
The only real problem with this angle is that it would take some work. For one, for those guys to join forces, they'd need a reason to do so. And, as I've said in the past, the best way to do that is to create a nearly omnipotent evil force for them to work against.
What better way to create that than to work an angle that really hasn't necessarily ended?
Punk would have to lose the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble, and Laurinaitis would have to keep his job following the evaluation and review delivered by Triple H next Monday on Raw.
So let me offer you this. Triple H will be conducting the evaluation next week personally. Most of you remember Triple H's call at the CM Punk vs. John Cena 2 Title Rematch at Summerslam, correct? Triple H missed Cena's foot resting on the rope, giving the match and the title to CM Punk.
If Laurinaitis makes a similar call to lead to Punk losing the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble, how exactly is Triple H going to fire Laurinaitis or remove him from power for making the same mistake Triple H got a pass on?
Triple H wasn't taken out of power from Raw for making a bad call at Summerslam, that happened much later thanks to Awesome Truth and the walkout.
A heel authority figure like Laurinaitis can purposefully make a bad call in not checking Ryder's medical report, leading to him getting his title taken away. Teddy Long's a good guy who would admit that mistake and reverse that decision because it's fair.
So is Triple H.
Laurinaitis is the sneaky, sinister type of guy that would make it all look on the level, but he'd really just be helping his own ends. He'll make a bad call, Punk will likely lose the belt, and CM Punk will once again be the livid, pissed off, pipebomb-hurling revolutionary.
We've gotten a taste of what it's like when he's the champion, and, overall, it tastes fine. A satisfying meal, on the whole.
However, WWE isn't about satisfying a person's whole hunger for sports entertainment. It's about teasing a person into wanting more. They do that by always thinking long-term.
Sure, people saw Summerslam as a botched ending to a quickly weakening storyline.
They have Laurinaitis miss that Punk's foot was on the rope, Laurinaitis keeps his job as a result, Raw gets a permanent GM and the Board of Directors gets their way and Punk is left without a title.
If that's not a conspiracy unfolding, I don't know what is. If that doesn't lend serious weight to a shaky storyline from months ago, I don't know what does. And if that conspiracy has that far of a reach, CM Punk will need an ally he can trust.
Of all people, the last person he can trust is Miz. However, the only thing that overshadows Miz's untrustworthiness is his vengeance.
Maybe with Laurinaitis being the new permanent GM, Miz's vengeance may end up smelling a lot like justice.
But it'd still mean Miz would turn face and both he and Punk would electrify Raw, possibly with some friends.
At that point, all they'd need to do is have Laurinaitis favor a number of heel superstars in matches, and we suddenly have a corporate heel stable vs. a group of face rebels.
Classic formula, brand new personalities.