I love this image of the champion and his young acolyte Alex Riley.
He and A-Ri are staring into the future, and it is a bright one. The Miz is the champion and more importantly, a main-event player, like it or not. Not an easy task to go into the LAST MATCH of the show of shows and in the presence of John Cena and The Rock no less but he pulled it off.
I had no doubt he would win. I've said it many time before and even wrote numerous pieces on him and how proud I am to be called a "Mizfit."
Say what you want about him or his title reign, he is here to stay, and as champion for awhile longer too. His entrance last night, with video promo and all, was way over that of John Cena. I loved how he switched channels when the other top dogs such as Hogan and HBK were shown. He came from nothing and made it all the way to the top. He defeated the top superstar of the moment, a controversial victory yes, but a victory nonetheless.
There will be another rematch unfortunately against Cena at Extreme Rules, but I think this time, he will win clean, if only to further send Cena on the heel path and prepare his own feud with The Rock. The image used for WWE Over the Limit in May is one of The Miz. Might not mean much to you, but to me, it is a sign: The Era of Awesome is not over yet.
Who is to be the next challenger after this whole Cena mess is over? Great question. There are two possible scenarios I see in the future.
TRIPLE H: The Cerebral Assassin, the King of Kings and a 13-time champion
He is The Game. Vince McMahon's right hand and in the final years of his in-ring career. I am certain he wishes to add at least one more championship reign to his already impressive list of accomplishments. What a great way also to put over The Miz than by having him face the king.
Let's see it from a business point of view. They have Miz appear everywhere nowadays from late-night shows to the weather channel. He is a media magnet, and WWE likes that. The DO believe in "Mike The Miz." To make him credible as champion, you simply have to make it so; write it into the script. I already believe in him as a superstar and many people do as well.
Imagine. The Miz defeats Cena, rants about it and about how "awesome" and "stupendous" he is for triumphing over the best when he is interrupted by Triple H's music. This would be an angry Triple H too, having lost to Undertaker at Mania he's going to have to unload somewhere soon. I'd pay to see this match.
CHRIS JERICHO: The best in the world at what he does
His return to WWE is one of the many wishes the IWC and company desire. Since I follow both via Twitter and such networks, I often read comments from one to the other and how they like to one-up each other. They are both verbal masters, and right now, it seems Jericho talks about returning to correct a certain someone for stealing his gimmick.
We are talking about The Miz wearing suits to the ring now. That is a Jericho trait; call it tribute or spite whatever, it got his attention. Personally, I would love to see this because the two are favorites of mine, and I enjoyed their brief pairing last year when they challenged the tag team champions.
On another note, I admire Chris Jericho for being a solid in-ring worker and promoter of younger athletes. The Miz would have everything to gain from a program with him. He could learn what he needs to move onto the highest points of pro-wrestling and he would have learned from the best.
As for Jericho taking the title off The Miz, I see no more honorable a person except perhaps Triple H or Undertaker. The Miz is young and would bounce back quickly while the WWE championship retains its prestige by being carried and defended by the most respectable a superstar that is Chris Jericho.
Like him or hate him, he is the WWE Champion. Period!
The Miz is IN