Three weeks ago, I made a bold prediction: The Miz and John Cena, in some form or fashion, would face each other for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXVII.
There were some that agreed a match between the two could happen, while others said it wouldn't. And then there were some who knew it could happen, but hoped and prayed that it wouldn't.
That prediction has now become a reality.
At the Elimination Chamber, not only did John Cena become the No. 1 contender by surviving the Raw chamber match, but The Miz also retained his title against Jerry "The King" Lawler.
If you've been watching WWE programming in the past two weeks, then you may have noticed a slight change in The Miz himself.
After being booked as an undeserving paper champion for months, the WWE Champion beat both the United States Champion on Raw and the Intercontinental Champion on SmackDown the week before the Elimination Chamber.
At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, many fans expected to see Alex Riley or Michael Cole come to their leader's aid, but that wasn't the case. After two minor interferences, Riley was sent backstage by the officials and Michael Cole was taken out by Jerry Lawler. The Miz would go on to not only beat The King, but do it cleanly.
Finally, this past Monday night on Raw, John Cena and The Miz were forced to team up against WWE Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel in a tag team title match. To the shock of both the fans and John Cena himself, The Miz almost single-handedly took down both members of The Corre, and won the WWE Tag Team Championship for both himself and Cena in less than five minutes.
The Corre immediately invoked their rematch clause against the two rivals. Once again, The Miz managed to hold his own and then some against his opponents before finally tagging in a restless John Cena. Just as it seemed like history would repeat itself with an Attitude Adjustment, The Miz deliberately hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Cena and allowed Slater to pin him.
In what is now the shortest WWE Tag Team Championship reign in history, The Miz made a statement to his Wrestlemania opponent that he is not to be underestimated.
The message creative is trying to send to the fans is clear: The Miz is about to become a full-fledged main-eventer.
That brings us to Wrestlemania XXVII, which is less than six weeks away. It is assumed by most fans that The Miz is going to lose the WWE Championship to John Cena. After all, Cena is the face of the company and almost always wins or retains the title on the grandest stage of them all. With The Miz being a relative newcomer, the outcome is predictable.
But that's the problem. It is predictable. Too predictable.
Nobody expects The Miz to retain against John Cena, and the creative team knows that. So...how about a swerve? (Inserts the picture of a grinning Vince Russo in a track suit with flip flops.)
If John Cena were to defeat The Miz at Wrestlemania XXVII and become a 10-time world champion, so what? Cena is at a point in his career where he no longer needs a title to stay over with the fanbase (well, at least the women and children). His 10th title victory would be about as meaningful as Edge's 10th title victory in December. Who cares?
But if The Miz were to defeat John Cena, that's a whole different story. Defeating the top babyface of the WWE would automatically establish The Miz as the top heel of the company. The hero in the purple shirt would finally meet his match in a faux-hawked villain.
"You can't see me!" would be going against "I'm awesome!"
In other words, beating John Cena would turn The Miz from a heel into the heel.
The idea of The Miz becoming the next top heel may already be in the minds of WWE management as we speak. They're smart enough to know no one expects Miz to stand a chance against Cena, and if they didn't have something big up their sleeve, Miz would have dropped the title at the Royal Rumble or the Elimination Chamber.
So to anyone out there that expects The Miz to waltz into Wrestlemania XXVII and get his butt handed to him by Superman...think again.
The idea of The Miz walking out of Wrestlemania with the WWE Championship resting on his shoulder seemed like a pipe dream in November, but as each week passes, that fantasy is becoming more and more realistic.
Nobody expects The Miz to beat John Cena in six weeks. But don't forget that this is World Wrestling Entertainment we're talking about.
Expect the unexpected.
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