Miz and Dolph Ziggler Will Flounder as Tag Team Partners

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2014

Credit: WWE.com

Earlier this week, F4WOnline (ht WrestlingInc.com) reported that there are plans in place for The Miz and Dolph Ziggler to form a tag team of disgruntled angry men.

The reports come on the heels of Dolph Ziggler cutting a worked-shoot promo on the WWE App following yet another loss and Miz making a cameo on commentary to air grievances about not being booked in a match during Raw.

Together, the two would be the most curmudgeonly pairing since Statler and Waldorf of The Muppets.

The "disgruntled wrestler" persona tends to play well with the Internet crowd. The Internet Wrestling Community wouldn't be what it is without commiseration. That contingent is personified by the art of the worked shoot, which is designed to drum up online headlines. 

Both Ziggler and Miz have had similar careers, reaching the mountaintop only to violently tumble down into oblivion.

Miz headlined WrestleMania just three years ago, defeating John Cena in the main event no less. Ziggler received one of the biggest pops of the year the night after WrestleMania last year when he won the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio.

Each wrestler has fallen apart since his respective peak.

It's that very dilemma that will leave a projected "Two Angry Men" tag team irrelevant.

This is a case of WWE trying to book two wrongs to make a right. However, the careers of both Ziggler and Miz have each been so mismanaged that combining them would be a stinging reminder of this. 

Not even two weeks ago, Ziggler and Miz were booked to face off in a joke of a battle in Cleveland. During a recent Raw in their home state of Ohio, each was trotted out to the ring like a glorified mascot, with a meaningless match that further hindered two damaged careers just by happening.

Now, two angry promos later, we're supposed to take these mascots seriously?

Neither career can be salvaged at this point, and to attempt to do so with both at the same time is too ambitious.

Both Miz and Ziggler are casualties of WWE's flawed star-building system in which the promotion shows a tendency of not being able to commit to a top star. There's an even smaller chance that the promotion will be able to commit to a tag team of former top stars.

The improved state of the tag team division will give Miz and Ziggler hope of rebuilding their careers as a single unit. Chances are it's too little, too late for these cautionary tales of what could have been.


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