The Miz: How Long Will He Hold the WWE Championship?
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At WrestleMania XXVII, the WWE Universe witnessed history in the making, as The Miz retained his title against John Cena not once, but twice, and walked out of the pay-per-view still the WWE Champion.
The first time The Miz retained his championship was due to a draw. Both he and Cena ended up outside the ring, and both were unable to get up before the count of 10. Due to the rules, the title couldn't change hands.
But immediately following the count-out, The Rock came out, and taking control of the situation, officially re-started the match.
Before Cena could make a move, The Great One got his revenge on The Champ with a Rock Bottom, allowing The Awesome One to pin Cena, and officially retain the WWE Championship for a second time.
Despite what turned out to be a very underwhelming show, WWE made one thing clear at WrestleMania XXVII: The Miz is now a main-eventer.
In a day and age where world titles change hands every two-to-three months, The Miz's title reign has been impressive, to say the least.
By the time we get to Extreme Rules on May 1st, The Miz will have been a world champion in the WWE longer than the likes of Rey Mysterio, CM Punk, Sheamus, Jeff Hardy, Kane, Chris Beniot, Eddie Guerrero, Mankind, Ric Flair, The Big Show, The Great Khali, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Booker T, Sgt, Slaugther, The Iron Sheik, Sycho Sid, Andre the Giant, Bill Goldberg, and Rob Van Dam.
Not bad, considering that will be within a single reign.
But now that The Miz has made it past WrestleMania with the WWE title still around his waist, a good question to ask is this:
When is he going to drop the title?
While I myself don't have a clear answer, I'm always have my predictions. When it comes to the Era of Awesome, I have three predictions of when it will end.
Prediction No. 1: Over The Limit
I don't expect The Miz to drop the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules. After such a huge victory this past Sunday, you would assume that The Miz is going to retain at least once more dropping the strap to someone else.
So that brings us to the next pay-per-view at the end of May, Over The Limit.
If The Miz were to drop the strap here, it would be WWE's way of telling us that The Miz is a regular main-eventer, but that is as big as he is going to get. He may have gotten past Cena at the show of shows, but now he still has a long way to go.
While not my personal choice, I could definately see The Miz's title reign coming to an end here.
Prediction No. 2: SummerSlam
This is the most likely prediction in my book.
The Era of Awesome began the night after Survivor Series, and with as much emphasis as WWE has put on it, it would make complete sense for The Miz to be dethroned at one of the Big Four pay-per-views.
His most likely opponent? Whoever wins Money in the Bank the month before. Now established as a main-eventer, The Awesome One's defeat would create another main-eventer in the process.
If The Miz drops the WWE title here, it would be WWE's way of telling us that The Miz is going to remain the top heel of the company for a long time going forward. If he were to hold this long, his title reign would be as long as JBL's, and given the history (and similarity) between the two, the irony would off the charts.
When do you think The Miz will drop the WWE Championship?
Prediction No. 3: Survivor Series
This is the least likely prediction, but it is possible.
Think of everything I just said about SummerSlam in No. 2, but take it to a much grander level. The term "era" would definately come to mind if The Miz were to last this long.
When was the last time we actually had a year-long world title reign? 2006? Maybe we need another one to let the WWE Universe know world titles reigns aren't always used for hot potato anymore.
If The Miz drops the WWE title here, it would be WWE's way of telling us that The Miz is going to be the next face of the company. End of story.
So there you go.
Regardless of when The Miz's WWE Championship reign ends, I'm already satisfied. His victory over John Cena was one of the highlights of the show, and in my mind, established him as a main-event player for years to come.
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