WWE over the Limit 2012: Why Has the Miz Been Left Behind?

Robert Aitken@@RobertAitkenBRAnalyst IMay 17, 2012

It was at Over the Limit last year that The Miz attempted to recapture his WWE Championship. The match was an "I Quit" match against John Cena. Cena had ended The Miz's reign as champion just weeks earlier at Extreme Rules in a Steel Cage match. After a hard-fought bout with Cena, The Miz fell short and has seemed to have been falling ever since.

As we approach one year since the last real threat of The Miz as a legitimate main-eventer, the question is rather simple: What in the heck has happened to The Miz?

Let's take a look at the path for The Awesome One since that night where a savage beating of Cena was still not enough to prevent Miz from saying "I Quit." The night after that match saw, The Miz begin to blame his troubles on Alex Riley, his protege. This would lead to Riley and The Miz feuding and a Riley victory at Capitol Punishment. Their feud would fade away when both men were featured in RAW's Money in the Bank match at the event of the same name.

The Miz did not win the briefcase once again, but he put up a very gutsy performance, including suffering an apparent knee injury and running back down on basically one leg to nearly capture the briefcase. A small WWE Championship tournament was then held to replace CM Punk, who left with the title following Money in the Bank. The Miz made it to the finals, losing to Rey Mysterio. This would give The Miz little to nothing to do for SummerSlam, inserting him into a random six-man tag team match to begin the night.

By August, The Miz had bought into R-Truth's conspiracy talk and formed The Awesome Truth with him. A Tag Team Championship match against Air Boom at Night of Champions was forthcoming, which would be spoiled by assaulting the referee. Later that night, it would be both Miz and R-Truth who would interfere in the Triple H vs. CM Punk match. Their actions would get them fired on the following RAW episode.

Nobody would see The Miz until Hell in a Cell, when Awesome Truth hopped a barricade and attacked the three wrestlers and the referee in the WWE Championship match inside the cell. The cell had been raised up to let them in, but it was lowered back down before anyone could get in to try and remove Awesome Truth. The cell's door was eventually opened and the duo were arrested by New Orleans police.

John Laurinaitis would assume control of RAW on an interim basis and reinstate Awesome Truth. The team would face CM Punk and Triple H at Vengeance in a winning effort, thanks to Kevin Nash's interference. They would also interfere in John Cena's match with Alberto Del Rio. This prompted Cena to face Awesome Truth at Survivor Series, choosing future WrestleMania opponent The Rock as his partner. The Rock and Cena would defeat Awesome Truth at Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden. Awesome Truth would implode the following night when The Miz turned on R-Truth.

Back on his own, The Miz was being booked stronger. He took out R-Truth to explain his Wellness Policy violation. John Morrison would be taken out the following week to explain the end of his WWE contract. The following week would have The Miz qualify for a triple threat TLC match at the pay-per-view of the same name. The Miz would be unsuccessful at TLC and have to deal with a returning R-Truth after that. R-Truth would interfere and defeat The Miz on any chance that he had, even defeating him in a match with the loser forced to enter the Royal Rumble match as the No. 1 entrant.

The Miz did, in fact, enter January's Royal Rumble before anyone else did, lasting over 45 minutes and being among the last six men remaining. This would yield a berth in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, which saw The Miz be the last man eliminated by CM Punk.

For WrestleMania, there was little for The Miz to do. He was finally included in the 12-man Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy match, getting the pinfall for Team Johnny's victory.

Being the man who got Laurinaitis the victory seemed to be something that would get The Miz in title matches and a more prominent role on RAW. Instead, since WrestleMania, The Miz has challenged Santino Marella in the pre-show of Extreme Rules and ultimately lost out on the Beat the Clock Challenge to face CM Punk at Over the Limit.

Now The Miz has no reason to appear at Over the Limit this Sunday. Also, Laurinaitis, who still owes The Miz a favor for getting him to keep his job, may be losing it if he cannot somehow defeat John Cena this Sunday. So with no match and no direction following Over the Limit, what could possibly be next for The Miz?

Well, it doesn't look too bright for The Miz in the ring. With him slated to be in the next movie for the Marine franchise, expect a potential write-off for his character for a while as he films the movie and continues the media frenzy that he does very well.

A return in the middle-to-late summer would then be anticipated. Hopefully by then, there will something for The Miz to do in a WWE ring again. The roller coaster ride that he has taken over the last year has had some twists, turns and random title chances. All in all, The Miz has stayed positive and continues to be a focal point of WWE.

 

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