When you look at the current WWE roster, it’s easy to pick out the guys who are locks to make it to the company’s Hall of Fame.
Superstars like John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H, Kane and The Undertaker are—barring something totally unforeseen happening—going to enter the elite class of legends at some point down the road. Other stars—like Mark Henry—probably have a decent shot of making it there, too.
But after the locks and the borderline guys, there are plenty of WWE stars who have created quite the debate about their Hall of Fame chances: Will they make it there one day or not?
One of those stars is The Miz, who many think, no matter what he accomplishes, will never make it to the Hall. But I’ll just come out and say it—The Miz will make it to the WWE Hall of Fame.
I know that statement might shock a lot of Miz haters, but at just 32 years old, The Miz has already surpassed any and all expectations that anyone, other than himself, had of him when he debuted in the WWE six years ago.
Once viewed as somewhat of a joke backstage, The Miz has worked his tail off to become—like it or not—one of the most decorated superstars currently working for the WWE.
His resume is a quite impressive one: Three-time WWE Tag Team Champion, two-time World Tag Team Champion, two-time United States Champion, one-time Intercontinental Champion, one-time WWE Champion and a former Money in the Bank winner (2010).
It’s safe to say that many expected The Miz to fizzle out of the WWE rather quickly, but in a six-year span, he’s managed to capture every active title in the WWE, except for the World Heavyweight Championship. That’s allowed him to become just the 25th Triple Crown Champion in WWE history, joining a list that includes plenty of current and future Hall of Famers.
The Miz’s surprising accomplishments in the ring have resulted in recognition from those outside of the WWE as well. Pro Wrestling Illustrated named him the “Most Hated Wrestler” and No. 1 singles wrestler of the year in 2011, and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recognized him as “Tag Team of the Year” (along with John Morrison) in 2008 and the “Most Improved” wrestler in both 2008 and 2009.
Whether you’re a fan of The Miz or not, it’s hard for anyone to look at all of the accolades he’s racked up over the years and not be impressed. At least on paper, he’s already well on his way to a Hall of Fame career, and he’s probably not even halfway through his tenure in the WWE.
The Miz has had plenty of ups and downs in the WWE, which might cause some to worry about his chances of making it to the Hall one day. But he’s got one thing really going for him that makes me confident he’s destined to get there: That’s the fact that he’s such a good representative for the WWE.
Outside of maybe John Cena, there is no one the WWE turns to more often for media appearances and outside ventures than The Miz. Not even Randy Orton or CM Punk.
In a lot of ways, The Miz has become the WWE’s go-to guy for things like movies, TV show appearances and promotional work. “The most must-see champion in WWE history” is a consistent presence on all different types of media platforms, starring in TV shows like Psych and movies like The Marine 3.
We know that Vince McMahon loves a guy who works his tail off to promote the WWE and become a good ambassador for the company, and The Miz has done just that. As a result, his position in the company figures to be rock-solid.
No, The Miz is not going to always be main eventing or getting a major push, but assuming he doesn’t have some kind of massive screw-up down the road, all indications are that he will continue to get plenty of opportunities to succeed both inside and out of the ring.
As long as The Miz does things the right way like he has been, he figures to be rewarded with a decent spot on TV that should bolster his already impressive resume, which, on paper, is similar to those of some guys who are already in the Hall of Fame.
The Miz has the championships, the big moments (Money in the Bank win, wrestling The Rock, main eventing WrestleMania, etc.) and the media presence that screams success and should lead to even more success down the road.
And if that happens, make no mistake about it—The Miz will prove that he is indeed awesome. Awesome enough to make it to the Hall of Fame, in fact.
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