Is The Miz The Next Chris Jericho?

Brian ClemensContributor IJanuary 13, 2010

LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 24:  Wrestler The Miz speaks during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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So I haven't watched Raw in a long time, I've been deployed out to sea and otherwise catching up with family and friends. But when I caught that Bret Hart was going to be on Raw all of the boyhood fandom came rushing back. I had to see how twelve years of bad blood was going to finally resolve itself. Well the WWE handled it half well and I'm shocked that they are seemingly building a program between Bret Hart and Vince McMahon. Either way I decided to tune in this week to see how they were going to handle the Bret Hart situation which of course we all know turned out to be nothing, but something did grab my attention. The Miz.

 Whoever scripted that slow building promo complete with the slow walk to the ring deserves kudos. Although I hadn't seen WWE programming in about eight months this was the most captivating promo and character building I can remember from the WWE in a while. The interaction between him and MVP was a little off but that seemed to be more MVP throwing it off than anything else. The Miz exuded something that I haven't seen in an up and coming heel since Edge was just beginning to break out as a singles superstar, and that is Heel Charima.

Heel Charisma is the best kind of heat you can get. Fans love to hate you and if you ever turn face they just love you. I will watch Raw next week for one reason, and that is to see The Miz. His cocky, brash heel role reminds me alot of Chris Jericho when he first came to the WWE. He is so cocky he doesn't even know when he is in over his head and that gets the fan excited. They think his comeuppance is just around the corner but then he weasels his way to a victory or outsmarts another opponent that you thought was going to shut him. Thats what makes a heel a great heel, someone who you legitimately want to see get his butt kicked week in and week out. Getting the audience emotionally involved week in and week out is a surefire way to succeed in this business.

The Miz has a smaller build just like Jericho and he seems to have the chops on the mike. He is a breath of fresh air in the stale locker room just like Jericho whenever he comes on. I think he needs a few good programs with the US Title being involved and he will be on the cusp of the WWE Title by Survivor Series.