Flair and Rogers not only share the "Nature Boy" nickname, but they also share the same distinction of being two of the greatest performers that the wrestling business has ever seen.
They should be in every single wrestling hall of fame on the planet. Another thing that the two shared was their cowardly heel character.
For those of you that aren't aware, the cowardly heel routine has been around the business since close to Day 1. It is a tried and true gimmick that has worked the audience for years.
For decades now, people have paid money to go to events because they want to see a good guy finally taking the belt away from the bad guy.
The routine is where the baby face comes within inches of capturing the belt before the bad guy sneaks away with either a win or a loss where he keeps the belt.
During the 1980s, Flair perfected this role. He filled arenas around the country with people that were hoping that guys like Sting, Lex Luger, Ricky Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes were going to take the belt away from an undeserving character.
He even managed to successfully do the same thing with second-tier guys like Road Warrior Hawk (awesome tag team wrestler, though) and Bobby Eaton. This role is exactly the reason why Flair is in the Hall of Fame.
Now, the Miz gets to try to fill those shoes.
WWE has decided that they want to book the Miz as a champion that is undeserving and can be easily defeated at any moment. They're basically taking the heat from the Internet Wrestling Community and turning it into a positive.
Miz is going to be booked as the hated underdog for this particular title reign. That's why he was booked to look so weak against Jerry Lawler, who is normally a commentator, in his first title defense.
Go ahead and root against the Miz. Complain about him. You're doing exactly what Vince McMahon wants you to do.
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