Wrestlemania 27: The Miz's Title Defense Being Overshadowed

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIMarch 6, 2011

It all started last year at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view on July 18, when The Miz won the Raw branded Money In The Bank match, which gave him a contract at the WWE Championship at anytime he chooses.

That night was the Nov. 22 episode of Raw, when Miz cashed in on vulnerable WWE champion Randy Orton at the end of the show, shocking the world and winning the title.

Since then, we have seen him defend against Randy Orton at the Royal Rumble and, more recently, Jerry "The King" Lawler on two different occasions.

With his sidekick Alex Riley, better known as "A-Ri", at his side, The Miz is still the WWE Champion headed into Wrestlemania 27 in Atlanta.

I can't help but notice how the WWE realizes The Miz can't handle the spotlight of defending the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania and surrounds him with a bigger storyline.

Feb. 14 saw the long awaited return of The Rock come to fruition on an episode of Raw. It was announced on that night that the returning superstar would host Wrestlemania.

Not only that, he went directly towards responding to John Cena's 2008 tabloid comments starting a feud between the two.

This is the first time I can recall the WWE champion being cast out in a big match at Wrestlemania, the biggest match of his career nonetheless.

To Miz's defense, it seems that The Rock hosting Wrestlemania has been planned for a while, as The Rock hinted at coming back at a hosting capacity over a year ago.

However, I don't think its fair to The Miz that he is being overshadowed by the Rock/Cena saga that is taking place.

The simple resolution to this could have been having The Miz defend against his former partner John Morrison, which would've worked, and have Cena/Rock settle their differences in some kind of gimmick match, since The Rock isn't interested in wrestling.

We are only four weeks away from Wrestlemania, so it is going to be interesting to see where things go from here.

My guess is The Rock is going to get involved in this match in some way, shape or form, possibly as a special enforcer or special guest referee.

I'll admit, I was skeptical at first about The Miz being a successful WWE Champion, but I have enjoyed his work thus far, and think he is a great heel.

I wish him the best and hope he has a great match with Cena in April.