Hello lovely Bleacher Reports, Andre Harrison back at it, and it's been a while since I've just written something as I went along, no planning or reviewing before, just letting it flow. So after watching last night's RAW this morning (UK timing's a b****), it's official. We have a new WWE Champion, and he's apparently awesome. It's The Miz. A lot of people have been praising him and saying that it's going to be a new era for the WWE, but I think we all need to calm down for a minute and think about this, and realize that this was a BAD move from the WWE.
Now before any MizMarkies start commenting (because let's face it, SOMEONE out there is about to press the "post comment" button without reading, there's always one...), hear this. I like The Miz. I think he has great potential, he's a good (not great) talker, and he's worked really hard to improve his Wrestling this year. The problem is that he was never built to look like a legitimate Main Event level player.
In my eyes, there's a solid three step plan from making a Midcarder a Main Eventer.
1) Try to make your Mid-carder one of the higher Mid-carders on the brand, possibly via a US, or Intercontinental Championship Run.
2) When ready, remove any excess baggage that limits them (Like said Championship.), and elevate them.
3) Slot in with Main Eventers that make them look as good as they are, which gives them the credibility needed to establish them in that category.
It's not difficult, you know, and the WWE have done this before. Prime example? Jeff Hardy's maintained push in 2008. He goes into the year as Intercontinental Champion, he loses it to Chris Jericho, spends a bit of time out, then he beats Triple H CLEAN to earn a WWE Title match. Yes, he lost to Triple H (No Mercy 2008 I think), but it was an excellent match, and it made Jeff Hardy look like a guy who could hang with the best in the business. So when he eventually DID when the Championship at Armageddon 2008, people bought it and Jeff looked like a legitimate star, because he was built up to be a Main Event level guy, and generally, fans looked at it in a positive light.
The Miz, in this case, skipped Step 3. He hardly had any previous matches with Main Eventers on RAW, besides the one-off Cena match when Miz was still United States Champion. Now this isn't totally his fault. The losses of guys like Batista, Shawn Michaels, the injuries to Triple H, and now Chris Jericho and John Cena taking time off, have left RAW's Main Event scene looking very thin and it leaves The Miz with a serious lack of names for him to help him out. And that's not going to change for the time being, especially now Miz is Champion and has to headline the company for at least the short-term future.
I also can't help but feel like this whole situation is going to be like Jack Swagger's when he was Champion. He cashed in six days after Wrestlemania XXVI's Money In The Bank to become World Heavyweight Champion, but he lost 12 out of 15 matches AS Champion, and eventually lost the title to Rey Mysterio after one of the most poorly booked "paper" title runs of the last decade. It did nothing for Swagger as he's now languishing on Smackdown's mid-card as their Main Event scene consists of Kane, Edge and...not much else.
Let's face it, The Miz's push consisted of beating mid-carders and beating Orton out of the blue. I feel as if it was a very "knee jerk" reaction, as the WWE had until July 2011 (Money In The Bank 2011) to build him up to be a credible star, but instead they rushed it, and the WWE's creative team now have the dilemma of what to do with The Miz as champion, with Orton now getting a rematch for sure, and Wade Barrett being left out in the middle of nowhere now...Where do the WWE go with The Nexus now? And what about John Cena?
Those questions are for another column I'm sure, but in my eyes, the WWE screwed up on this one, big-time. I don't think he's ready, and it's left a lot of tangled questions that need answering, pretty sharpish, or else The Miz's credibility may take a permanent nosedive, faster than a Kofi Kingston push.
I've been Andre Harrison, thank you very much for reading, and remember, I'm Andre...And I'M...*wait for it*...AWESOME!
What do you think of The Miz becoming the WWE Champion? Do you think he can make the Championship credible, or do you share my view that this was a Miztake in the making? Comment below and let me know what you think, I always respond to every comment. And you can follow me on Twitter (@Harrison101) Sayonara!
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