Whatever happened to the most must see WWE champion of all time?

Posted on July 25, 2011

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When the WWE creative team decided that The Miz would cash in on a vulnerable Randy Orton, and win the WWE championship, they thought it was a good diea to make him look weak. Every week they thought it would be a good idea to make their champion look as if he could lose the title at any time. Part of that was making him look weak to Jerry Lawler in his first title defence. However, they saw the error of their ways and actually started booking him as a threat. They even let him beat John Cena in the main event of Wrestlemania 27. Now that’s a big contrast; looking weak to Jerry Lawler and then beating John Cena in the biggest event of the wrestling calendar. It looked so good for The Miz. It looked as if the WWE had created a genuine new star. It was good, because now they didn’t have to rely on John Cena and Randy Orton.

But then what happened? Since The Miz lost the WWE Championship to John Cena in a triple threat cage match (also involving John Morrison) at WWE Extreme Rules 2011, he seems to have been lost in the mid-card. He began a feud with his protégé Alex Riley, which, if anything, I support fully. Mentor and protégé feuds are good for both superstars. I think it’s great that relationships such as this culminate in a feud, in which the bigger superstar (The Miz) helps the smaller superstar (Alex Riley) get over. I also like it when tag teams end with a feud, which as I mentioned in my last blog, doesn’t happen with all the tag teams that are broken up these days. But what I don’t support is the mentor losing twice in a row to the learner. Losing twice to someone who you mentored is not what I would call strong booking. Suddenly The Miz looked weak again, and that is exactly what the WWE did not need during that post-Wrestlemania slump that they endured.

I have no idea what happened to the WWE creative team after Wrestlemania, but suddenly they have picked up their game. Money in the Bank was brilliant, and maybe it made them turn it up a notch. Last week on Raw The Miz finally beat Alex Riley and then beat Kofi Kingston, both while selling a leg injury. Suddenly The Miz is picking up momentum again. Suddenly he is being booked strong, as a threat. Maybe all that momentum that he picked up before Wrestlemania is coming around again. I hope this strong booking of The Miz continues, because the WWE really need big characters and main eventers right now to keep the interesting they are receiving after MITB up.

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