Mike “The Miz” Mizanin has been undergoing some significant character changes on WWE television recently.
On Monday, he dropped out of CM Punk’s five-man team at the upcoming Survivor Series, citing the WWE champion’s cowardice on the previous week’s Raw in running away from monster babyface Ryback. “What kind of leader is that?” a disgusted Miz demanded of Heyman before announcing he was through with the pair of them.
The next day on SmackDown, he once again lost to Kofi Kingston (his fourth defeat in a row to the Intercontinental Champion, to be exact). Unsurprisingly, Miz looked devastated by the loss. However, the real shock came when he offered Kofi a sportsman-like handshake after the match.
The distrustful Kofi, who’s been bitterly feuding with Miz for months now, didn’t buy it one bit, and instead dropkicked his foe.
Hah, so much for being a good sport.
So, what can we gather from all this? Well, it looks like Miz—a long time heel—might be turning babyface.
Indeed, it’s been speculated that The Miz might be the fifth member of Mick Foley’s Survivor Series team (replacing Ryback, who’s now in a triple threat against Punk and John Cena). Foley claimed in a recent interview with Busted Open (via Wrestlinginc) that he was interested in recruiting the former Real World star into his team. WWE.com also threw out his name as a potential candidate for the spot in an article yesterday.
If WWE are smart, they will have Miz be the fifth member of the Survivor Series team. Indeed, a babyface turn could be just the boost that his career needs right now and help get him back to the main event plateau.
For one thing, he’s been a heel for years now and desperately needs a change.
Oh, sure, some might point to his failed 2006 babyface run as why he should never be a good guy again (Miz, still new to the roster, hosted the Diva Search and generally irritated everyone with his obnoxious and overbearing attitude).
However, that was years ago: he has grown and developed greatly as a character since then. He’s no longer that annoying kid from the Real World.
Appreciative of his hard work and boundless enthusiasm for WWE—he works an extremely busy and grueling PR schedule for the company—fans have gained a lot of respect for him. In fact, on this week’s Raw he received resounding cheers from the UK crowd as he went against Sheamus in a lengthy match. With this in mind, the WWE Universe should warmly welcome him to the babyface ranks if he does indeed turn.
There are other reasons a babyface turn would be smart: His WWE Studios action movie The Marine 3: Homefront is due out next year. It would be far easier to promote the project—therefore increasing its chances of being a success—if Miz was a babyface instead of a hated heel.
On paper, a face turn looks like a great idea, and something that would help freshen up an increasingly stagnant WWE product. And if it doesn’t work out? Well, Miz can simply go back to being a heel again, no better or worse off.
It’s worth a try, at least.
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