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He's Right: Why 2018 Will Be the Year of The Miz in WWE

Graham GSM Matthews@@WrestleRantFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2018

The Miz is already off to a strong start in 2018, and he's just getting started.
The Miz is already off to a strong start in 2018, and he's just getting started.Credit: WWE.com

Some of wrestling's greatest heels have been those who tell the truth, and The Miz is right on the money when he says 2018 will be the year of The Awesome One.

Of course, it might sound like a strange thing to say about a Superstar who has been a part of WWE's main roster for well over a decade. Then again, there's a reason WWE reportedly recently re-signed him to a multiyear deal, according to PWInsider (h/t Wrestling Inc's Marc Middleton).

It's because Miz has barely scratched the surface of what he's capable of accomplishing in the company. In 2018, expect to see him back where he belongs: in contention for world title gold on either Raw or SmackDown Live.

Miz wasted no time in living up to his promise of making 2018 all about him when he knocked off Roman Reigns for his seventh Intercontinental Championship on Raw 25 in January. It's a piece of hardware he has not only been extremely familiar with over the course of his career but has also helped elevate to new heights.

Although he wasn't in possession of the prestigious prize around this time last year, he will likely walk into WrestleMania 34 with the strap on his shoulder. The hope is that, thanks to Miz, the belt will be involved in some sort of a high-profile matchup at 'Mania and will be properly showcased, regardless of who leaves with it.

However, the intercontinental title is merely the tip of the iceberg for the success Miz is bound to experience this year, with a move to the main event scene not far behind.

The Miz @mikethemiz

To everyone that never wanted to listen to me when I said I was a main eventer, @WrestleMania caliber, and a certified A-List star...you feel stupid yet? #WWEChamber https://t.co/sO71ES97kH

Miz has arguably been one of the biggest recurring highlights on Raw since the Superstar Shake-up, but fans shouldn't lose sight of where he was on the card before he switched shows last April.

To his credit, Miz has made the most of his run on Raw. That said, it's fairly unlikely he will ever hold the Universal Championship as long as the likes of Brock Lesnar, Reigns and Braun Strowman are in the picture.

The Money in the Bank Ladder match, which Miz has won once before, would be the perfect way for him to re-enter the world championship conversation. From there, returning to SmackDown Live and cashing that contract in for an impromptu WWE Championship match would be his best bet.

Credit: WWE.com

While Miz's original reign as WWE champion was solid, it was long before he evolved into the exceptional performer he is today. As an in-ring competitor and especially on the mic, he has made great strides since then.

The current landscape of SmackDown has all the tools necessary to recapture the same magic it had in late 2016, but it is missing a strong lead antagonist the brand can be built around. Enter Miz.

The feuds he could have with AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode, among others, could be outstanding and would only further solidify him as one of the best in the business right now at what he does.

Finally, as if The Miztourage couldn't get any more entertaining than it already is, Maryse should be back on WWE programming later this year to return as Miz's valet. It was revealed on Total Divas she should be giving birth in early April, but even without her by his side, Miz will continue to prove himself as a star on the rise.

There's even the slight chance officials try transitioning him into a fan favorite, considering how well-liked he has become by a portion of the audience as of late. He is a natural heel and excels in that role, but a change in character befitting of a top-tier talent wouldn't hurt, either.

Either way, his latest intercontinental title triumph and entry into the Elimination Chamber match coming up are signs 2018 will be Miz's for the taking.

         

Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is an Endicott College alumnus and aspiring journalist. Visit his website, Next Era Wrestling, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.

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