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WWE: The Miz wasn't first choice to become Champion

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The Miz won the battle royal at Battleground (©GettyImages)
The Miz won the battle royal at Battleground (©GettyImages).

WWE Battleground didn’t go down as one of more memorable pay-per-views in recent years and it wasn’t helped by the fact that The Miz walked out as the new Intercontinental Champion.

The 20-man battle royal was taking place due to the shoulder injury Bad News Barrett sustained and was forced to vacate the gold, and even though there were 20 men competing it was clear from the fans that realistically only four or five superstars held the right to walk out as Intercontinental Champion.

Not the first choice

If you watched the event then you will have noticed that The Miz spent most of his time outside the ring near the fans, and then in front of the announcer’s desk before coming back into the ring at the end and throwing Dolph Ziggler over the top rope to be crowned the new Intercontinental Champion.

However, The Miz was not the first choice to hold the championship title. The decision was made last Tuesday that The Miz would be walking out of Battleground as the new champion, and the main reason for this is because The Miz will be participating in a number of media appearances as well as the fact that his new film, The Marine 4 will also be releasing.

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Dolph Ziggler

The man who was originally scheduled to walk out of Battleground as the new Intercontinental Champion was in fact Dolph Ziggler, the man who everyone thought had won until The Miz sneaked his way back inside the ring. Fans won’t be too impressed once they find out the reasoning for this, Ziggler does deserve to hold the gold and media appearances and promotion isn’t really a good enough reason to give The Miz the gold.

Other contenders

The Miz definitely wasn’t the first name on every fan’s lips when they had to pick a winner. The most popular was understandably Cesaro who has fallen from the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture so it was interesting to see him not last longer. Bo Dallas was an outside pick as he would remain unbeaten and could bring a new dimension to the Intercontinental Championship whilst Sheamus was also a favourite to unify both of the championship titles, the United States and Intercontinental Championships.

Future plans

The plans for our new Intercontinental Champion involves The Miz putting his championship on the line against Sheamus at SummerSlam. This will potentially be a similar match to what we saw late last year between Randy Orton and John Cena when Orton unified the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships, The Miz and Sheamus will also do the same.

After his feud with Sheamus does end, The Miz is then reportedly scheduled to engage in a programme with Dolph Ziggler; whether he has unified the championships by then remains to be seen.

WWE fans – what do you think? Was The Miz the right choice to walk out of Battleground as the new Intercontinental Champion? Let us know in the comments section below.

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