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The Miz Beats Dean Ambrose to Retain IC Title at WWE Great Balls of Fire 2017

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2017

Credit: WWE.com

The Miz's Intercontinental Championship reunion tour continued Sunday at Great Balls of Fire, as he defeated Dean Ambrose to retain the title.

Ambrose fell victim to the numbers game, as Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel played a big role in the match.

Axel entered the ring and quickly got dumped out by Ambrose. As Ambrose was still recovering, though, Dallas jumped onto the ring apron and hit Ambrose in the back of the head.

With his opponent momentarily stunned, The Miz hit the Skull-Crushing Finale for the victory.

WWE Universe showed Miz celebrating with the Miztourage:

WWE Universe @WWEUniverse

The #Miztourage has reason to celebrate tonight... @mikethemiz is your winner AND STILL the #ICChampion! #WWEGBOF https://t.co/ZrTRUj2Y3u

WWE fans were generally in agreement that they'd like to see Great Balls of Fire be the end of Miz and Ambrose's bad blood:

Rumble Ramble @TheRumbleRamble

Hopefully that's the last time we see Miz/Ambrose for the next few... years. #WWEGBOF

Brandon Stroud @MrBrandonStroud

RT if @WWE should end the Miz/Ambrose feud now and never have them wrestle again

Kenny McIntosh @KennyMc1985

Please end this feud now. Miz has retained. let him continue to be our beautiful IC Champ #WWEGBOF

The Miz and Ambrose have been at odds for several months, but their rivalry was truly renewed when they both moved from SmackDown Live to Raw as part of the Superstar Shake-up.

Miz took exception with Ambrose's representation of the IC title, and it led to a match between them at Extreme Rules with the stipulation that The Lunatic Fringe would lose the championship if he got disqualified.

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While Ambrose was able to contain himself, a distraction by Maryse helped The Miz get the upper hand on Ambrose and allowed him to take back the belt.

Although the A-Lister was back on top, his paranoia got the best of him, as his belief that Ambrose would attempt to ruin his celebration led to conflict between The Miz and Maryse.

Ever the strategist, however, The Miz still managed to tilt the scale in his favor by getting Dallas and Axel to join forces with him and form the "Miztourage."

The Miz made it clear that he was willing to do anything in order to keep the IC title and ensure it had the prestige he believed it deserved, according to WWE Universe on Twitter:

WWE Universe @WWEUniverse

"It is, was, and always will be MY JOB!" - @mikethemiz on making the #ICTitle relevant... #RAW #MizTV https://t.co/csIiOX7u8f

Due to his conniving ways, The Miz has a penchant for making multiple enemies at the same time, and that put him in a difficult situation prior to Great Balls of Fire.

Heath Slater requested an Intercontinental Championship match, and Raw general manager Kurt Angle granted it on the go-home edition of Raw before the pay-per-view.

The Miz was forced to wrestle the match in his dress clothes, but he still managed to prevail and ensure that he would face Ambrose at Great Balls of Fire.

While The Miz and Ambrose have had several matches against each other dating back to their time together on SmackDown, the dynamic was much different Sunday night.

With the constant threat of the Miztourage getting involved, the odds seem to be stacked against Ambrose in terms of recapturing the strap.

The Miz has always been about strategizing and stacking the deck to his benefit, and that was on full display at the pay-per-view.

With so much working against Ambrose, The Miz escaped with the Intercontinental Championship in tow, and it seems he is likely to move on to other challengers in the coming weeks and months.

     

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