This Sunday at Elimination Chamber in Oakland, California, WWE Champion The Miz will defend his belt against WWE Hall of Famer, "The King" Jerry Lawler.
Last month at the Royal Rumble, The Miz successfully defended his title against Randy Orton, with help from The Nexus of course.
By winning a Raw Battle Royal the night after the Royal Rumble on Raw against top WWE Superstars, Jerry Lawler was awarded his second chance at Miz's WWE Championship, after losing a TLC Match to The Miz on a previous episode of Raw, where Alex Riley and Michael Cole assisted in Miz's victory.
Much of Lawler's wrestling success over the years has come outside the realm of the WWE, well all of it to be honest.
The WWE helped his character get global attention, but by the time he entered the WWE, his in-ring career was on the ropes. Lawler has made some key Royal Rumble appearances, including 1996, when he hid under the ring for most of the match, only to eventually be eliminated by the winner of the Rumble that year, Shawn Michaels. Other then that, he gets involved now and again, but never a WWE Championship match at a pay-per-view, until now.
On a more somber note, Lawler lost his mother, Hazel, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Lawler said in an interview with WWE.com:
“There’s no way you can put the loss of your mother out of your mind. I thought about my mother all the time. I’ll definitely be thinking of her on Sunday when I wrestle The Miz for the WWE Championship. This will be one last opportunity to make her proud of my career.”
On the other hand, the cocky Miz looks to find anyway he can to keep his belt, which he has done several times now since beating Randy Orton for it back in November.
Here in this match, you have a young kid who proved a lot of people wrong over the last year by achieving his dream of winning the WWE Championship. Then you have a Hall of Famer, who everyone respects and has been in the WWE for nearly 20 years, only leaving for a few months in 2001.
The big question I want answered is this: Will we see Lawler land one of his signature piledrivers?
Or, will Lawler eat the WWE canvas via the Skull Crushing Finale?
I just hope that if Miz wins, he wins fair and square. He needs a clean win to earn some respect from me for holding that belt. I know it is part of the show, but it is getting quite old, to say the least.
If Miz is going to cheat to win, just give the belt to Lawler for a few weeks; that could be interesting if it's done right.
Lawler wouldn't take the belt into Atlanta in April at WrestleMania XXVII, but it would be pretty cool to see his name in the record books for the WWE Championship.
It all goes down on Sunday night in a match that confused and, frankly, bored me at first. The more and more I think about it, it is actually quite exciting.
Here's to hoping The Miz doesn't dethrone The King.
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