The Miz has nothing on Rowdy Roddy Piper. The Miz has nothing on Randy Savage. The Miz has nothing on Ric Flair.
While the "must see" wrestler has been put in a position to be compared at one point or another with these three mega superstars, not one of them should be talked about as a role model for the most miscast wrestler in the WWE.
And for good reason. The WWE has done a bad job at promoting the former WWE Champion, so much so, that segments like "Miz TV" are merely laughable when compared to "Piper's Pit" or "The Flower Shop" or a bit by Brother Love.
The Miz, pure and simple, should be wrestling and only wrestling. Now that he securely has Ric Flair in his corner (for how long remains to be seen) and is said to be his mentor (he uses the figure four as his signature move now), The Miz should be climbing the ladder toward another WWE Title or World Title reign.
Oh, I forgot, there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians in the WWE. Too many wrestlers who are considered main event talents (I said considered) that don't belong in the main event (see Ryback) and not enough consideration for wrestlers who deserve a crack at the title (see Cody Rhodes and Kofi Kingston).
Yes, the chalk board of the WWE is a contradiction and The Miz somehow got lost in the maze of forgotten talents. I guess making movies for Vince and the WWE wasn't enough to get The Miz on higher ground. It has been the same thing for Wade Barrett.
Remember as well that Ted DiBiase Jr. was in the same stratosphere and he panned out to be nothing. There is something to be said for surviving in the WWE after making movies. Just ask John Cena, Steve Austin and Randy Orton.
The Rock does not count in this conversation.
If the WWE was to be serious about placing the right talent in the right situation, then fine, make a segment on screen with Antonio Cesaro that deals with bashing American wrestlers. The company already has the red, white and blue bleeding Americans in Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger.
The WWE is missing the boat on one of its better entertainers, and in the process, missing a chance at a champion fans can both love and hate. That is what the company was about when Piper was both a wrestler and a guest host.
Does this mean we won't see more "segments" from wrestlers like "Miz TV?" Probably not. But it also may mean the WWE must find a wrestler who can do both and do both well.
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