The Miz Wins Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal at WWE Battleground

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 20, 2014

WWE Champion The Miz, center, speaks at a news conference to promote a world welterweight champioship bout between Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, and Juan Manuel Marquez, of Mexico, Pacquiao-Marquez III, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.  The fighters will meet Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Reed Saxon/Associated Press

For the third time in his career, The Miz is the intercontinental champion. 

With Bad News Barrett's vacant title on the line, Miz stayed hidden on the floor outside the ring while the other 19 Battle Royal participants fought it out. When Dolph Ziggler eliminated Sheamus and appeared to win, Miz reappeared and flipped "The Showoff" over the ropes. 

The WWE provided a look at the new champ in celebration: 

The match was certainly chaotic, but like most Battle Royals, it had its moments. 

Kofi Kingston had his typical over-the-ropes spot. Cesaro looked to have the ultra-athletic star eliminated, but Kingston landed on the shoulders of Big E and was able to return to the ring before being thrown out for good. 

Cesaro was then eliminated by Heath Slater—seriously—leaving a final five of Slater, Sheamus, Bo Dallas, Ziggler and Miz. 

Sheamus took out Slater, Ziggler drop-kicked Bo over the ropes and as Miz continued to wait in his hiding spot, it became clear he would earn the victory. 

Miz is a pretty polarizing star, and this booking isn't likely to go over too well. Bleacher Report's Justin LaBar provided his thoughts, and even the company's Twitter feed acknowledged Miz's unpopularity: 

Creating intrigue around the intercontinental title has been a very tall task for the WWE as of late. Interest in the championship was essentially nonexistent as the belt stagnated with Curtis Axel and Big E, and the company was then dealt major bad luck when Barrett, who was red-hot, had to undergo shoulder surgery. Barrett tweeted at Miz after the match:

Putting the belt on The Miz doesn't figure to help that fact, but a feud between him and Ziggler that ultimately results in the latter taking the title at SummerSlam would be extremely well received. 

Either way, while this is a controversial move, it will be interesting to see where the WWE goes from here.