Fans of the Miz: Enough Is Enough
The image you see accompanying this article sparked a powder keg at about 4 a.m. Irish time Tuesday morning.
For those living under a rock the last few days, Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank opportunity on Randy Orton and won.
Thus begun civil war all over the Internet between Miz fans and those who dislike him.
In the case of the Miz, though, the word "fan" doesn't seem to apply. The fanbase seems entirely split between those who blindly defend Miz and ignore his shortcomings and those who despise his very existence within WWE.
Since he won the WWE title, the two factions have begun a war of words with each other on news sites and forums across the web.
However, this article will scrutinise the self-destructive logic of a Miz mark.
In the last four days, the Miz has been compared to The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, Randy Orton and now, astonishingly, "Nature Boy" Ric freakin' Flair.
Now look, I know Miz has improved, but any wrestling fan who in their right mind compares Miz to the above names needs their head examined. Miz's ring skills are far inferior to Cena and Orton's, as is his ability to carry a match. To put his subpar mic skills alongside the genii of Austin, Rock and Flair is madness.
Miz fans talk about Miz as if he is Rocky Balboa—a guy who fought his way up to the top with constant struggle. Miz walked into OVW after appearing on The Real World and for some reason got the call-up one year later. Fast-forward four years (you may as well), and this reality show reject is WWE champion?!?!
That's no Rocky story. That is a silver-spoon story.
They also talk about his build-up. Let's examine previous Money in the Bank winners' run-up to cashing in:
Edge: Had great rivalries with Matt Hardy and Ric Flair, the latter of which solidified the Rated R superstar as a Main Event player.
Rob Van Dam: Series with Shelton Benjamin, rivalry with Cena headed into ONS.
Mr. Kennedy/Edge: Kennedy had named a date and was getting more and more heat, week by week. By this point, Edge had become an opportunist and pounced on both Kennedy and a beaten Taker.
CM Punk: His first cash-in had no build-up, and his reign was a flop. His second was built up through a feud with Umaga and created the super-heel Punk. Punk also beat Chris Jericho and Edge among others in the run-up to his second cash-in.
Jack Swagger: No build-up, flop reign.
Kane: 12 YEARS of build-up to a title reign, which has been magnificent.
Miz: No build-up. Follow the pattern.
Miz has had no rivalry with a top star. He has to compete in multi-man matches to hide his weaknesses.
It amazes me that some people have the levels of stupidity to say Miz is the best WWE has. Miz is far from that; Miz is not even the top heel on RAW, in practice. That would be the man who has done everything Miz hasn't: Wade Barrett.
Vince McMahon is reportedly a fan of Miz. I don't normally have to criticise Vince for making a TNA-like decision. But that is exactly what making Miz champion was.
Even a blind mark can see that.
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