The Miz has officially turned babyface, but the transition to his new role has been a rough one so far.
While the former WWE Champion is definitely generating more cheers from the crowd as of late, it appears as if the fans haven’t fully accepted him as a face yet.
This doesn’t mean that he won’t thrive as a babyface down the road. After all, it takes the fans a while to adjust to heel/face turns in most scenarios.
It just means that The Miz is going to have to make some changes to get back to where he was at WrestleMania 27—to get back to being a top star.
Obviously, that’s easier said than done, but here’s a simple suggestion that could help him do that: Give the guy a main event-caliber feud for crying out loud.
The problem with The Miz isn’t that he’s lacking any particular skill. In fact, he’s always been a good mic worker, clearly has a ton of charisma and has worked hard to improve drastically in the ring over the last few years.
His biggest issue right now is that the WWE hasn’t done anything of note with him since he turned babyface. The Miz hasn’t wrestled a whole lot of matches, instead being relegated to hosting Miz TV on what seems like every episode of Raw and SmackDown for the last couple of months.
That’s been a huge detriment to his quest to advance back to the top of the card.
When the WWE should be putting The Miz in the ring as much as possible to get him over as a babyface, the exact opposite has happened, which has stifled his progression in his new role.
The WWE shouldn’t have The Miz host a bad “talk show” each week that forces him to tell lame jokes and act almost the exact same way that he did when he was a heel.
The company needs to do what it did on this Monday’s Raw and have The Miz mix it up with its top stars.
When The Miz teamed up with John Cena to take on Team Rhodes Scholars earlier this week, the fans reacted to it. They cared more about it than they have anything else he’s done as a face.
Why? It’s simple: The babyface Miz thrives more in the ring than he does when he’s talking.
During his promos, he can still come across as, well, a frat boy. But when he’s in the ring, the fans are definitely starting to get behind him.
That’s what happens when you associate The Miz with a top guy like Cena and give the fans a reason to cheer for him by putting him in an angle with a hated team like Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow.
Nobody is going to want to fully support The Miz as a top face if what makes him a top face is the fact that he hosts a talk show where he makes terrible jokes at the expense of the heels.
But, if The Miz were to associate himself with guys like Cena and, you know, actually have a feud with a heel or two, it’s going to be much easier for the fans to say, “Hey, maybe we should cheer for this guy.”
The WWE has to realize that, or it will risk ruining The Miz’s face-turn before it ever really gets a chance to succeed. The Miz has all the tools to succeed as a top guy, but he’s not going to do so if he doesn’t get a fair chance.
If that’s going to happen, the WWE has to cut out the jokes and start up the feuds.
That’s the one thing the babyface Miz is missing and the one thing he needs the most.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!