7 WWE Superstars Who Can Help Elevate the Miz
The Miz needs to become relevant again, so who's gonna help him get there?
Remember when The Miz couldn't buy a win? WWE sure hopes that you don't.
If you do, the booking for The Awesome One in the coming weeks will make you forget all about it. The man who delivered the winning pinfall for Team Johnny over Team Teddy at WrestleMania is in for something good pretty soon. His interaction with John Laurinaitis this week had the GM of both RAW and SmackDown tell him to wait until next week.
So, as The Miz waits until next Monday, it's time to speculate on the immediate future for the former WWE Champion. It's easy to anticipate the rise of The Miz once again, and for Laurinaitis to be involved in why that is.
How it will happen is anyone's guess, but The Miz will need a babyface to work with and help to elevate him. Here are seven babyfaces that can help make The Miz a legitimate threat once again. There are other options out there, but these seven range from the most realistic to the most intriguing.
This was the scene of The Miz winning the WWE Championship.
Randy Orton was the guy who handed his world title over to The Miz. In one of the greatest moments of The Miz's career, he cashed Money in the Bank in on an injured Randy Orton, walking out of a RAW in Miami with the WWE Championship.
What followed was an awkward chase between these two as The Miz played the role of the cunning heel champion, much like Daniel Bryan as World Heavyweight Champion earlier this year.
Orton did not give The Miz a clean victory in their rematch at Royal Rumble. It took a distraction from CM Punk's Nexus to help The Miz out. Nexus was working for Wade Barrett and helped injure Orton weeks earlier, setting up the cash-in by The Miz.
The Royal Rumble incident helped change Orton's attention to the group, specifically to Punk.
To regain momentum, why not have The Miz go back to the victory that started it all? Orton is in a dead-end feud with Kane, and as the two brands become more and more combined, having an inter-promotional feud like this will help matters. Besides, the success of Orton on SmackDown can be tied to Teddy Long, who is no longer in charge thanks to The Miz.
The Awesome One and The Best in the World? Sign me up.
Why the heck not? He's the WWE Champion and he is being softened up by Chris Jericho mind games and vicious attacks by Mark Henry.
Punk is perfectly soft and damaged for The Miz to swipe in. Punk delivers a great match no matter what and, unless we are gonna see him and Henry again or Jericho wrestle another match with him, Punk needs an opponent of some kind for Extreme Rules in Chicago.
John Laurinaitis is not well-liked in Chicago, especially for trying to screw CM Punk at Money in the Bank almost a year ago. He's clearly in a feud with Punk still and holding The Miz's plan off may mean that Johnny Ace is going to use The Miz to rid us of CM Punk—kind of like Eric Bischoff using Chris Jericho to try and take the title from John Cena. Jericho was unsuccessful and got himself fired, but I don't think that extreme will happen for The Miz.
Another chance at the WWE Championship would sure be nice for The Miz and with a confusing field of contenders, The Miz can easily cut in line for the next chance following next Monday's title bout with Henry.
Remember ShowMiz? Based on the shot The Miz took from Big Show's fist, he might not.
There's history here and Big Show is a midcard champion without anything to do. The Miz knows how that feels from his days as United States Champion. Instead of Big Show coming out just to show poorly edited clips of Cody Rhodes losing once in his life, The Miz could try to be a formidable foe.
Rhodes is not done with Show unfortunately, but could enlist the services of The Miz to help Rhodes actually be able to have a match. The Miz could be a good challenger for Big Show's Intercontinental Championship, giving a championship opportunity back to The Miz with a belt he has never won before.
It isn't quite a world title, but those races to the world title often get challengers mixed in the shuffle, something The Miz knows all too well. At least as Intercontinental Champion, we know exactly where The Miz is.
Sheamus, meet briefcase.
Once upon a time, Sheamus was a world champion and The Miz was hungry to prove himself as one of the best in the company. My how things have changed...
Assuming that The Miz goes after Sheamus—another thorn in Laurinaitis's side—would imply that the brands really mean absolutely nothing at this point. That's easy to get over after years of cross branding with the two shows. The Miz nearly cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Sheamus months before it was actually done to Orton. Sheamus was incapacitated, but the match never started. Eventually, Sheamus lost the title and it would be on to other things for The Miz.
These two would actually compliment one another pretty well. The strength of Sheamus is enough to manhandle The Miz if need be, while also buying the notion of The Miz getting the better of him. Daniel Bryan is in the immediate title picture, but what's not to say that The Miz can't be lurking?
The Miz would say this would be awesome, so you know it would be just that.
It's a matchup that's pretty out there, but is it really? Remember that when The Rock had a war of words with John Cena, it was The Miz that was the WWE Champion. It was The Rock who helped The Miz retain at WrestleMania XXVII. These two were also opponents of one another in November at Survivor Series.
There's actual history between these two guys. If The Rock is really going to stay around the WWE and wishes to become a WWE Champion once more, that could put these two men on the same path. The Rock would likely get the best of The Miz in any feud between the two, but just being involved gets big brownie points. Just look at how much praise The Miz got after his feud with John Cena the first time around.
"Who cares about Brodus Clay?" -The Miz on RAW before Clay's return to TV.
Somebody call my momma, because I must have gone insane. Why in the hell is this sounding like a good idea? Brodus needs a solid feud that will give him good matches and The Miz can give him just that. What can Brodus Clay possibly get out of teaming with Santino Marella? Is pinning Jack Swagger or Dolph Ziggler really going to take you places, Funkasaurus?
The Miz was interviewed right before Brodus Clay's debut and was asked the question about Clay. The Miz's response: "Who cares about Brodus Clay?" Am I trying to start a feud off of that? WWE has started more with a lot less.
It doesn't even mean The Miz has to beat Clay. Just having better matches with him will help both men out.
It's like watching $1,000,000 Tough Enough all over again.
This is certainly interesting to think about. Let's look at all the elements of a Ryback match so far. A heel starts in the ring. People watch backstage. The heel grabs a microphone and cuts a short promo. Suddenly, Ryback comes out, makes quick work of the heel and wins. That sounds like a lot of matches for The Miz lately, anyway.
Ryback has history with The Miz. Not only was he known as Skip Sheffield when The Miz was a pro on NXT season one, but both men came to WWE in the $1,000,000 Tough Enough season. Ryback lost along the way and went to development, while The Miz was the runner-up.
The Miz would come up to the main roster first and become a veteran before we even knew who Ryan Reeves (Ryback's real name) was.
These two were supposed to face each other on NXT one week, but The Miz subbed in Daniel Bryan, his rookie, because of the injury sustained from being punched by Big Show as ShowMiz broke up earlier in the week. Instead of having Ryback squash actual no-names and having to pay jobbers to cut bad promos, make a sustained heel do it and skip Ryback to big boy feuds. He's ready and The Miz can help him.
More importantly, Ryback's size and ability helps The Miz.