The Miz has often called himself the most must-see superstar in WWE history, but he certainly hasn't been treated as such since losing the WWE Championship a year and a half ago. With a little help from the creative team, however, The Awesome One can most definitely live up to his billing.
Many doubted The Miz's ability to become a main-eventer in WWE, but his incredible rise culminated in 2010 when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and won the company's top title. He then had a fruitful run with the belt that included a win over John Cena at WrestleMania; interference from The Rock notwithstanding.
That seemed to signal that The Miz was there to stay as a main-eventer, but he dropped the title to Cena at the ensuing pay-per-view and hasn't really sniffed it since. In fact, The Miz went on a terrible losing streak before leaving to film The Marine: Home Front and has only just regained his footing recently.
Miz defeated Christian for the Intercontinental Championship on the 1,000th episode of RAW and it seemed like that might lead to him assuming his proper place atop the company, but things haven't exactly gone smoothly. Miz is constantly losing non-title matches to the likes of Rey Mysterio, Kane, John Cena and Ryback, and the title is holding him back more than it's helping him.
There are differing opinions on Miz just like there is every superstar, but there is no doubt in my mind that he is good enough to be a top guy in the mold of Cena, CM Punk, Randy Orton or Sheamus. His biggest asset is his ability to express himself on the mic, and while many count his in-ring skills as a weakness, I have seen him improve drastically in that regard since his debut.
The Miz has been willing to do whatever it takes to get better and be the best superstar that he can be, and he doesn't seem like he is one to become complacent. Miz is the total package and is one of the guys who should be carrying the torch for the WWE, but it comes down to the writers and the WWE brass putting him in the right situation.
Will The Miz ever return to main-event status?
One positive step has already been taken in the form of giving Miz his own talk show segment, Miz TV. Many of the all-time greats such as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Edge and Chris Jericho have been given similar segments and they helped get each of those men over with the crowd. Miz is one of the best promo men in the business, so allowing him to showcase that part of his skill set is a no-brainer.
That alone won't be enough to cement The Miz, though. He absolutely must ditch the Intercontinental Championship. I realize that he was United States Champion when he won Money in the Bank and was able to carry it for quite some time before finally positioning himself for the WWE title, but he's in a different situation now.
The Intercontinental Championship has become such an albatross that there is no way he can be main-eventer with it around his waist. Once he gets rid of it, though, then perhaps he will be back in business.
An even bigger issue is the creative team's propensity for having The Miz constantly lose matches. He beat Zack Ryder on Monday, but essentially every time he is faced with a real challenge, he comes out on the losing end. I understand that he's a heel and he's going to lose matches, but give him something to hang his hat on.
If the WWE builds The Miz in that manner and puts him back in the title hunt with a feud against World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, then I have no doubt that the fans will eat it up and help him become the main-event fixture he seemed destined to be.
The WWE has a legitimate top star on its hands in The Miz, but he is being squandered currently. Given the right set of circumstances, however, The Miz can truly make for must-see television.