There are new details emerging in regards to what appears to be a babyface turn for former WWE Champion The Miz.
PWInsider.com, by way of WrestlingInc.com, reports:
...the feeling is that he is one of their best talkers and does a great job representing WWE with promotional and charity work. There is also the strong feeling that The Miz has done everything he can do as a heel.
They are looking for the best way to bring Miz to the next level and the feeling is that the best way to do that is turn him and do it in an organic way. Miz turning babyface isn't being planned to be a short-term angle and the turn itself will reportedly take time, if WWE has it their way.
What is interesting is that, if reports are accurate (and there is no reason to believe they are not at this point), the company plans on taking the slow-burn approach to turning Miz, rather than saying outright that he's now a babyface.
With someone like The Miz, who spent six years as a heel, expecting people to accept him right off the bat is a rather lofty expectation.
But taking things slow, they can allow anticipation to build and can tell a story that eventually leads to that one moment that really cements The Awesome One as a babyface.
It is interesting to point out that the report mentions an expectation for Miz to feud with Antonio Cesaro in a high-profile program in 2013.
If everything goes according to plan and The Miz manages to get himself over as a fan favorite, he could do wonders working with the United States Champion, who at this point is still searching for that "something" that will click with the audience.
Regardless of whether it works or not, turning the Miz is an admirable move by WWE. He has been the WWE Champion, has held every other championship the company has to offer its male competitors and has main-evented WrestleMania.
He has also proven to be a tremendous spokesperson for the company both with media and charity, as the report points out.
Moving on and switching things up could only (and should only) be beneficial to the performer and the company as a whole.