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There were a number of reasons that I felt this was a good match.
Obviously, the quality of the encounter was very high, with some great spots and some brilliant, fast-paced action with which to kick off the PPV.
And having The Miz emerge victorious was a good booking choice from the WWE, as the Intercontinental Championship continues in its gradual return to prominence. The Awesome One is now starting to put together a decent run, and the foundations have been laid for him to have one of the more memorable titles reigns in recent history.
Furthermore, this match led me to the conclusion that The Miz's next opponent should be Cody Rhodes.
The two men have seen their progress stutter over the past year or so, but they remain a pair of fantastic performers, and would be able to put on a great program, which could do wonders for their careers as well as the returning prestige of the IC Title.
The match also made clearer the future of Sin Cara in my eyes.
It's no secret that the human-botch-machine's WWE career is yet to take off as planned. But, having him compete alongside a number of others makes his as-yet unrefined pro wrestling style less obvious than when he is put in the spotlight of one-on-one action.
While he cant be involved in Fatal Four Ways every week, perhaps a move to the tag-team division would be of benefit to the Mexican. This would alleviate the pressure somewhat and allow him further adapt to the American style, providing him with a brilliant learning opportunity if he were partnered with someone like Rey Mysterio.
His high-flying offense would nicely compliment the style of the Primetime Players or even the new Champions Daniel Bryan and Kane, which seems a more logical idea than thrusting him in at the deep end of singles competition each week.
Thus, the luchador does have a future in the WWE, but he should first be allowed to adapt and develop in the tag-team division before returning to regular one-on-one action.