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The Miz Beats Dean Ambrose to Win IC Title at WWE Extreme Rules 2017

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2017

Photo credit: WWE.com.

The Miz was victorious over Dean Ambrose on Sunday at Extreme Rules, and he became intercontinental champion for the seventh time.

The match's unique disqualification rules came into play as The Miz claimed the title. He threw Ambrose into the official in an attempt to draw a disqualification. Unlike normal circumstances, the Intercontinental Championship could change hands in a disqualification.

As the referee was in the process of speaking to the timekeeper to announce the result, Miz delivered the Skull-Crushing Finale for the win.

WWE showed The Miz standing victorious with his wife, Maryse:

WWE @WWE

The #ItCouple's master plan = SUCCESS! @mikethemiz is officially a 7-time #ICChampion! @MaryseMizanin #ExtremeRules https://t.co/Ufp1lpnrir

WWE broadcaster Renee Young wasn't happy with the result:

Renee Young @ReneeYoungWWE

Well that was rubbish. #ICChampion

The Miami Herald's Scott Fishman thought The Miz's cheating throughout the match was at a historic level:

Scott Fishman @smFISHMAN

Eddie Guerrero would be impressed with The Miz's cheating tonight. #WWE #ExtremeRules

Ambrose and The Miz have been at odds for months dating back to their time together on SmackDown Live.

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The Lunatic Fringe ended The Miz's sixth IC title reign in January and continued to hold the belt until both he and The A-Lister were moved from the blue brand to Raw as part of the Superstar Shake-up.

Miz immediately set his sights back on the Intercontinental Championship and became No. 1 contender by beating Seth Rollins and Finn Balor in a Triple Threat match that featured interference from Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt.

The Awesome One received his title match on Raw, and although he won the bout, he didn't get the championship back due to disqualification.

Miz went for a low blow on Ambrose when the referee's back was turned, but the unstable Superstar blocked it and kicked The Miz below the belt, which forced the ref to call for the bell.

A furious Miz demanded another match against Ambrose for the title with an added stipulation, and Raw general manager Kurt Angle agreed.

It was determined that if Ambrose got disqualified at Extreme Rules, the title would change handsunlike what happened on Raw.

That put the former Shield member in a predicament, and The Miz preyed on his potential fears in the weeks leading up to the pay-per-view.

Elias Samson faced Ambrose in his debut match on Raw, and The Miz vacated the announce table to attack Samson, resulting in Ambrose losing the match.

By doing so, Miz planted the seed in Ambrose's mind that he could just as easily lose the Intercontinental Championship at Extreme Rules.

The Miz has long been considered a mastermind willing to do anything in order to win, including manipulating the rules in his favor.

He did precisely that by getting Angle to agree to his preferred stipulation, and the presence of Maryse outside the ring presented Ambrose with another major obstacle as well.

With the odds stacked against him, Ambrose was unable to retain the title, although it is likely that his rivalry with The Miz will continue for the foreseeable future.

     

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