The Miz’s recent babyface turn could be termed a success but not half as successful as Alberto Del Rio’s similar turn.
That’s due to weaker booking of Miz by the WWE Creative Team than of Del Rio. Miz did not have someone or something to be protective over like ADR was with Ricardo Rodriguez.
Miz’s feud with Antonio Cesaro for the U.S. Championship has potential, but we all saw them get buried in the Royal Rumble pre-show on YouTube.
The former WWE Champion seems to be missing something. Maybe he found part of that on Raw Monday night.
Miz was the special referee in a match between Cesaro and Randy Orton. Orton won the match, but Miz displayed character traits that made him a favorite heel when he appeared to help Cesaro up only to hit the Skull Crushing Finale on him.
If Miz is going to make this face turn a hit, he is going to have to keep that type of characteristic going.
And that is where Ric Flair comes in.
Early in his return to WWE, Flair looked like he was ready to take Miz under his wing. When they took out Cesaro after he crashed their “Miz TV” appearance, Flair “gave” Miz the figure-four leglock to use on Cesaro.
Miz has been using it ever since. It might have taken him a few tries to make it look as effective as Flair’s was, but he now appears to be well on his way to mastering it.
On that note, Flair needs to offer Miz something more. His needs to offer his services to Miz as a manager.
Think about it. Ric Flair has probably forgotten more about pro wrestling than most of the current WWE roster will ever know. He is a 16-time world champion. As he likes to say, he has seen it all and done it all.
What better mentor could Miz have than the Nature Boy himself?
Even at his highest heel heights, Miz still looked like someone’s bratty little brother. Thankfully he has gotten rid of that whatever type of faux-hawk hairstyle he had for one a little more age-appropriate.
But despite the new look, Miz will still go back to that annoying housefly-in-your-face attitude from time to time.
Flair can mold Miz’s character in his own image. Not with the bleached hair and studded robes that Flair used as a younger man, but that kill-or-be-killed, never-let-up-until-the-bell-rings image that made him a future legend.
Long before Flair ever returned to WWE, scenarios were put in place about how he could fit in today’s company. It seemed that if Flair were to come back and be a ringside mentor, then the likely student would be Dolph Ziggler. After all, Ziggler’s character is a prototype of how Flair used to be.
But now that he and Miz have struck up what appears to be a mentor-like friendship, a ringside manager role seems to be the right fit for Flair and Miz.
You have to look at the long-term opportunities a Flair-Miz partnership could bring.
Who is to say that once Flair helps Miz get established as a super babyface, he wouldn't then turn on him—especially if WWE Creative can book a solid feud for Miz? The storyline could be that Flair is secretly passing advice to the opponent on Miz’s weaknesses, and the whole thing explodes on a pay-per-view.
Flair is the self-described “dirtiest player in the game,” isn’t he?
Miz then could go on a tirade to bring down Flair and whoever he may bring under his wing to keep Miz at bay.
That could be the edge Miz so desperately needs to truly go over as a babyface.
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