The Miz Must Win the Intercontinental Title Battle Royal at Battleground

Sebastian Maldonado@!/SebastianTSUFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

Wrestler The Miz arrives at the 2nd Annual Hall of Game Awards hosted by Cartoon Network in Santa Monica, Calif. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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The Miz has returned! Are you excited for his next WWE run? If not, start the enthusiasm now.

Miz, who returned on June 30 to Raw, was billed as a top WWE Superstar who succeeded on the movie front as well as in wrestling. While the Miz addressed his fans, Chris Jericho interrupted and stole his thunder. Ever since that event, the Miz has been in the midcard, never fully achieving main event status.

Maybe that’s the grand scheme of things. Maybe that’s the WWE Creative Team’s plan for The Miz. If that’s the case, what will we see next for the Miz? Fast forward to July 20, the date for WWE Battleground. Twenty superstars will fight in an over-the-top rope battle royal for the vacant Intercontinental Title. The Miz is one of the superstars in that battle royal, and he should be an odds-on favorite to win.

Why Miz and not Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler or Rob Van Dam? Simple reasoning: Miz must win the Intercontinental Title Battle Royal at Battleground.

It makes sense for his career. The Miz is one of the rare old school heels we haven’t seen in a while. It’s his flashy style and arrogant demeanor that ignites the hatred toward him by the WWE Universe.

That’s the point in all this. No one wants The Miz to win, and yet that’s the perfect reason why he should. People hate him that much!

If The Miz wins, the fans will care about the title. Miz has the magnetism, which makes fans hate him. If he carries that title, fans will think it’s a slap in the face to those who do deserve it. Guys like Cesaro, Sheamus, Van Dam and Ziggler are some of those fan favorites that come to mind.

Fans cheer for other bad guys. Even Bad News Barrett, the former Intercontinental Champion, garnered more cheers than boos despite being billed as a heel.

And yet here’s The Miz, almost a revelation to the heel role. Though he plays the arrogant persona so perfectly, a budding rivalry is all Miz needs. This past week, we might have seen one.

Enter Sheamus, the current United States Champion who split victories with the Miz at one apiece on Raw and Main Event. Plus, Sheamus keeps teasing about unifying his U.S. title with the Intercontinental championship.

Ladies and Gentlemen: The feud writes itself. Imagine the final minutes, with Sheamus about to win. Then out of nowhere, the Miz tosses him over the top rope to win the IC title again.

A feud is born; Sheamus and The Miz can fight over who will unify the belts. It gives Sheamus new development in his character, while it gives The Miz a relevant spot in the midcard division.

The Miz must win the Intercontinental Title Battle Royal at Battleground. It will create new opportunities for Miz and the entire midcard division. Furthermore, the landscape will change only if The Miz becomes the next Intercontinental Champion.