I know, you lot are really getting sick of WWE Championship Miz articles. That's why I've decided to put some spin on the whole situation. Most of the articles here have been focused on why Miz should or should not be a world champion. Instead I have decided to focus on the "why."
There are obvious reasons for putting the belt on him. This isn't about whether he deserves it or whether we should be burning voodoo dolls of the man, its a pure and simple analysis of reasons that could have possibly got Miz on top of the World (Wrestling Entertainment).
On Raw, we have Wade Barrett and Sheamus. According to many posts I've read, it would be too early to put the belt on Barrett, and giving it to Sheamus a third time in 12 months would be too much.
Orton turned face. Punk went out injured. Jericho is gone. Batista quit. Edge was traded (and turned face). Triple H could fill the role but is out for the time being.
All the top guys on Raw are fan favorites with the exception of two. The Miz makes it three. It adds something of a variety to the title picture—otherwise WWE would have to play their face vs. face card on a more regular basis. Since this is a ploy usually withheld for big pay-per-views, WWE needs to find an alternative.
WWE has recognized its lack of heat-drawing main-eventers, and has decided to put another man in contention as a hated champion. In the last five years only Sheamus, Batista, Orton and Edge have held the WWE Championship as a heel. Only one remains an active heel today.
Since the start of Miz's singles run until winning the WWE Championship, he has won the United States Championship twice, the Unified Tag Team Championship (due to a WWE and World Tag Championship reign) and a Money in the Bank Ladder Match. In addition to this, he has a feud with John Cena that initially pushed him into a respectable mid-card position.
In effect, WWE had put themselves into a position where Miz had to attempt to break into the main-event scene. With the amount of effort they have spent on making him a big name in the industry, it would have looked silly not to take the final step.
Sure there were going to be people that would dislike him making for it to the top, but there would also be people supporting his rise. If WWE decides to pull the plug on the push, then the two sides could have more than likely united in their aversion to wasting precious TV time for a non-event.
Before the Anti-Miz faction go mad, let me explain. In no way do I mean he is some sort of Cena-beater or the catalyst for his downfall. What I mean is he is the exact opposite of WWE's flagship face.
Where as Cena is the near unbeatable, unstoppable, courageous, all-in-all good guy of the company, Miz represents the polar end of the mould. Miz is very much the type of wrestler that any man could defeat in a match.
This leaves the WWE Championship open to all challengers.
With Cena as champion, only a few men could realistically take the title away from him. With Miz, guys with the stature of Evan Bourne to The Great Khali are possible contenders. Once again, this is not to say WWE would have Miz lose to anyone, but the possible drama is there when needed.
Also, if you put your personal feelings aside, what do most of the WWE fans want to see Cena do? The majority of his fans (whether kids, women or men) want their hero to win and regain/retain the championship. Since the majority of fans would pay to see Cena be successful, those fans will also pay the same amount of money to see The Miz do the exact opposite.
They will pay to see if he will get beaten up, lose the championship or be humiliated. In a respect, WWE could pull in just as many ticket sales from this man's hatred as they could for Cena's support.
Not since Chris Jericho's 2001-02 reign has a champion had the potential to gain heat from just holding on to the belt after a close-call match.
I don't know if you've noticed, but the market for reality TV is huge. It attracts a massive audience of a wide variety. Young, old, rich or poor, WWE will cater to all at their store.
You only have to look around the Internet very briefly to find the mass amount of news articles going around from non-wrestling communities looking at Miz's rise to becoming WWE Champion.
I'm guessing WWE thinks that for at least one week they will get a huge draw in ratings for Raw. What's the first show after Miz's victory? The King of the Ring tournament. WWE will possibly make their show the highest quality for this one week because they may draw in their largest audience for quite some time. Ironically, its a night not to focus on the WWE Champion, but all the same it could bring in big numbers.
Also, we have to consider that a lot of people who follow reality TV like the whole "I can do that" factor of the entertainment they watch, which brings me to my final and biggest point for Miz becoming champion...
So its no longer a rumour, WWE is bringing back their reality TV show. Personally I was never a huge fan I watched the first season and had enough of it... until WWE forced it onto Smackdown one year. Tough Enough has somewhat of a checkered past. Lets quickly look at the winners:
Maven - Released
Nidia - Released
Linda Miles - Released
Jackie Gayda - Released
John Morrison - Currently Working Mid-Card (Several Championships Won)
Matt Cappotelli - Retired Due to Injury
Daniel Puder - Released
What person will sign up to a contest knowing their is only a one-in-seven chance that they will still be around after less than 10 years. Not only that, but they could amount to nothing.
With Miz (who was ironically runner-up of his season) and Morrison being the only two remaining Tough Enough competitors in the company, the choice would have been between the two of them. Miz was probably chosen for the past four reasons I have given.
The likelihood is that they will fight each other in main events down the line and be the big promotion for Tough Enough's comeback.
WWE know their Tough Enough program will struggle to make the impact it had last time or even get the same sort of response from the fans. Back in the Attitude Era most people would have given anything to be a wrestler. Ten years later the Internet and biographies have revealed how tough the life really is, and with such little payoff, many have decided its not worth the risk.
By making Miz WWE Champion, people once again have a reason to believe in becoming WWE Superstars. Anyone can become one with the right attitude and work ethic. Or so they believe...
Love him or hate him, WWE had their reasons. Are they the ones I just stated? Maybe.
If I was working backstage at the company, they would have been my explanations to the haters as to why the man now holds the No. 1 belt in the company.
Do I agree with it? I won't comment until I've seen the whole situation play out.
Until next time, this is Squared Circle signing off.