WWE Ruthless Rivalries: The Miz's 5 Potential Face Feuds
At this time last year, The Miz was at the climax of his career reigning supreme atop the golden pedestal as the WWE Champion. Only a short year later, Miz now finds himself on a near two-month losing streak.
To make matters even worse, Miz isn't the most over guy in the office at the moment due to being blamed for the lackluster Survivor Series buy-rate. Additionally, officials feel as if Miz has nothing left to offer on the main event scene, leaving him in the same midcard role he played before his big push two years ago.
Despite all this, it's safe to say the Awesome One's character has grown a bit stale in recent months, especially since he was exposed as "Jericho wannabe" by Y2J himself this past Monday night. With his promos and matches now containing the same old material, I believe it's time for a major shakeup to the Miz persona.
Personally, I've been pushing for a Miz face turn for a long while now, as it opens up numerous possibilities and opportunities for the former reality star. Due to the lack of fan favorites in the WWE at the moment, no time is better than the present to ship Miz over to SmackDown this year to finally flip the switch.
For the first time in nearly seven months, I return my Ruthless Rivalries series to Bleacher Report to analyze five potential feuds for The Miz that could do wonders for the former United States Champion and the remainder of his career. How long will it be before we see these highly anticipated rivalries come to fruition?
5. Alberto Del Rio
Since Alberto Del Rio's move to Raw in the 2011 WWE Draft, he has crossed paths with The Miz on only a few occasions, which would make this rivalry all the more fresh. Both cowardly heels are known to run their mouths often, making them the most hated and quite frankly annoying Superstars on the roster.
While Del Rio came up short of winning the World Heavyweight Championship in the opening bout of WrestleMania 27, the Awesome One would later retain his WWE title against John Cena in the main event in the very same night. Additionally, Miz and Del Rio have emerged victorious in Money in the Bank Ladder matches.
Despite their temporary alliance against WWE Champion CM Punk last December, they fell victim to the Straightedge Savior at the TLC event and left without gold. Regardless, they showed solid chemistry as a team due to their similarities in arrogance and cockiness.
However, Alberto Del Rio would beg to differ, since he stated in an interview that he and Miz are absolutely nothing alike. The Mexican sensation also called Miz a "loud, stupid little kid" that runs away from him every time he tries to punch him in the face.
Could the real-life tension between the two egomaniacs fuel a feud in a war of the words?
If there is any remaining wrestler that Christian has yet to face in the WWE that would make for an exciting match, it would be The Miz. I had my hopes up high for a feud between the two over the U.S. title when Christian moved to Raw following the closure of ECW, but the 2010 WWE Draft two months later prevented that from happening.
Since then, Christian has turned his back on the WWE Universe and subsequently reverted back to his old cocky self. While a tag team with Christian and Miz is surely welcomed, a rivalry could allow them to entertain in the ring and on the mic to their full potential.
The only clash between the two that comes to mind was when they tagged together in late June on Raw, the same night where they exchanged "Riley!" and "Randy!" chants. It made for hilarious television, and I've been waiting for another confrontation between Captain Charisma and the Awesome One ever since.
3. Dolph Ziggler
Given their extremely similar arrogant personalities, it shocks me as to how these two have yet to form a tag team despite being on the same show for nearly a year now. I predicted this bout to go down at WrestleMania 28, and I may not be far off if both are left with nothing to do by the time the show of shows rolls around.
If you didn't already know, both Superstars have their entrance themes performed by the band Downstait in the forms of "I Came To Play" and "Here To Show The World." Imagine the epic song that could possibly be produced if they ever decided to join forces.
However, a rivalry between the two former United States Champions could elevate both rising stars back into the title picture. It's no secret that Miz and Ziggler are the future of the WWE, so why not exemplify that with a match that could provide a hot opening to WrestleMania?
2. Daniel Bryan
It's a well-known fact that The Miz has stabbed every partner he's ever had in the back at some point in his career, and Daniel Bryan was no exception.
Two years ago, The Miz was paired with Daniel Bryan on the inaugural season of WWE NXT as pro, but would fail to comply the his rookie. For the entire three months, Miz offered no support for Bryan in his journey to the main roster, while also attacking him on numerous occasions.
However, it was the American Dragon who proved his former mentor wrong by defeating him for his United States Championship at the 2010 Night of Champions event. It wasn't until another five months later where the Awesome One picked up his first victory over Bryan on an edition Raw, and the two haven't faced each other since.
With Daniel Bryan now portraying a full-fledged heel on Friday nights, it's only a matter of time before The Miz makes his return to the blue brand to put his former protege in his place once and for all.
1. Chris Jericho
Following Chris Jericho's departure from WWE in late 2010, numerous parallels were drawn between Y2J and The Miz once he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the WWE Championship two months later. Miz's suits, conspiracy angle, "Miz-1, Cena-0" storyline, and slow-talking have all made him seem like a second coming (no pun intended) of Jericho on more than one occasion.
In May 2010, prayers of many fans were answered when the two egomaniacs joined forces for the first time ever to target then-Unified Tag Team Champions the Hart Dynasty. Sadly, the alliance was short-lived, as they went their separate ways following their loss at Over the Limit.
During Jericho's absence from the company, he participated in the show Dancing With the Stars, in which Miz made a notable appearance on the series finale. I was hoping for Miz to cut a promo bashing Y2J at some point during the program, but no such luck.
After so long, Chris Jericho finally addressed the situation last Monday night on Raw when he was listing the many Superstars who have stolen his material, with Miz being at the top of the list. A promo exchange between these two loudmouths could very well be extraordinary, especially if Miz's fresh face turn gave him new a touch on the mic.
To this day, they have yet to clash one-on-one in a televised match, so their inevitable singles bout will be truly monumental. When The Miz and Chris Jericho eventually do lock up, expect the first ever Undisputed Champion to pass the torch to the Awesome One in order to silence the haters of the highly debated WWE Superstar.
Both Superstars went from established tag team wrestlers to credible midcard champions, making them both legitimate threats on the WWE roster. At this year's Royal Rumble, the duo formed an alliance that kept them alive in the Rumble for over 45 minutes, longer than any other participant that night.
The brand barrier is the only thing keeping these two from engaging in a highly anticipated rivalry, but all that can change once Miz makes his way over to Friday nights relatively soon.
While the two were involved in a triangle feud over the United States Championship in late 2009, a singles match featuring Swagger and Miz never came out of it. Their similar styles could make for an enjoyable confrontation.
Remember when Kane attacked The Miz in late 2008 for thinking he was the man seeing Kelly Kelly? That was never truly explained, but it's always possible that the Big Red Monster still holds a grudge on Miz for stealing his dream girl a few years back.
With the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view coming up next Sunday and WrestleMania 28 right around the corner, one can only hope that The Miz finds some sort of direction on Monday nights sooner rather than later. I still have faith that his lengthy losing streak will lead him to the inevitable face turn that's been heavily discussed for quite a while now.
His connection with the crowd and natural charisma is undeniable, so a face turn isn't that far out of the question. If monster heels such as Sheamus and Randy Orton could flip the switch, then I don't see why Miz can't follow in their footsteps.
As previously mentioned, a move to SmackDown in the next months is absolutely necessary in order to make the jump from hated heel to fan favorite. His time at the top of the WWE is far from over, but he definitely needs a change in character as well as fresh opponents to be able to maintain that prestigious position.
Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and make sure to drop a comment with your thoughts on the controversial career of The Miz along with any feuds I might have forgotten to include on the list. Also, include a suggestion for who I should analyze next for a future edition of Ruthless Rivalries.