WWE: The Mishandling of the Miz as WWE Champion

Josh McCainSenior Writer IMarch 7, 2011

I've been skeptical of The Miz being the WWE champion since he won the title.

But the WWE needs to start building more stars since many of their tried and true guys have either retired or are on the verge of doing so.

So, in spite of my skepticism, crowning The Miz the champion isn't totally a bad thing.

It did what I always ask the WWE to do and that is get new blood into the championship picture.  If there has been one constant thing that nags me about the WWE it's that throughout its existence it always seems to have the same handful of stars year in and year out competing for the title.

Even though I wasn't on board with crowning the former Real World star as champion, it gave me hope that a whole batch of new blood would step up to the title picture.

When guys like John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H or Shamus hold the belt you really only expect other "big men" to compete against them.

However, with The Miz holding the title a whole host of new contenders could step up and compete for the championship, or at least that's what we thought.

Even though I knew guys like Orton and Cena would get their shots, I expected to see more of Kofi Kingston, John Morrison, Evan Bourne and other smaller guys step up to at least main event on Raw.

That didn't really happen.  In fact, the closest we got to "new blood" competing for the title was an ongoing feud between Jerry "the King" Lawler and The Miz.  Which was only started to set up a match between Lawler and his broadcasting partner Michael Cole at WrestleMania.

And speaking of WrestleMania, since he is the champion The Miz will be competing in the main event, but he's taken a backseat to the feud between John Cena and WWE Legend, The Rock.

Being in the main event at WrestleMania is supposed to give a young star the chance to shine, but The Miz is an after thought, and at worst he gets destroyed by Cena and at best he wins via some sort of dastardly deed.

Neither of which puts him over, and it makes him look like less of a champion.

The WWE needs to realize that by this time next year The Undertaker, Triple H, Edge and Rey Mysterio Jr. might all be retired or at the very least slowing down a great deal.

They need to replace those guys, and quickly.  One way of doing it would be to put The Miz over Cena at 'Mania, but sadly I hardly doubt that will happen.

'Mania is at a crossroads this year for the WWE.  With The Miz facing Cena and Alberto Del Rio facing Edge for the Heavyweight Championship, the WWE had a chance to put two big heels over and create new legends (which is how they bill WrestleMania).

So as entertaining as Cena and the Rock have been the WWE needs to derail that and get Cena's focus back on The Miz so they can make the most out of this battle and help create new Superstars for the future.