Extreme Rules takes place this Sunday and one of the matches fans are most looking forward to seeing is the Fatal 4 Way Intercontinental Championship match.
The Miz will defend the championship against three of the finest wrestlers in the company today, with Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Sami Zayn all vying to become the new champion. You can’t argue with the fact that the build-up towards this match has been fantastic, and all four men have made their case as to why they deserve to walk out with the title.
ONE OF THE BEST HEELS AROUND
However, I believe The Miz is the one that needs to leave Extreme Rules as the champion, even though the WWE Universe hates him.
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The Miz is a unique star and he has been since the day he arrived on the scene, he’s obnoxious, arrogant and every time he’s on our screen, you want to punch him in the face and that’s the best sort of heat a heel can draw.
On the other hand, you have the Eva Marie type of nuclear heat, the kind that makes you want to change the channel but that’s not the case with The Miz. He’s an excellent example of how a heel should act on and off-screen because it seems to come so naturally to him, and he doesn’t force anything.
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In fact, he’s probably the best heel champion we have right now. The New Day and Kalisto are the only faces holding titles; Charlotte isn’t receiving a lot of heat because it’s Ric Flair taking it all. Roman Reigns is a face on paper but gets nuclear heat, while it’s the character of The Miz which makes us want to hate him.
MAKES THOSE AROUND HIM BETTER
Whether we want to admit it or not, The Miz has been a saviour in the mid card role and it’s because of him that his matches remain on the main card and not on the pre-show, especially when the championship is on the line.
Regardless of the feud he’s in, or whoever he’s working alongside, The Miz has the qualities to make those around him stand out and relevant, while at the same time he still manages to remain an incredible heel.
We only need to look at former WWE star Damien Sandow as an example, sure, he was already over with the fans but it’s the fact that he worked with The Miz during this gimmick which helped him go even more over. His matches are great; you can tell he works hard and it’s paying off. There’s a reason the WWE have trusted him to hold the title, despite so many more talented individuals competing on the roster. He's simply too valuable of an asset not to take advantage of.
It’s his presence which has helped Sami ease into the title picture a lot smoother; he now seems like he belongs there and his matches with the trio have been consistently impressive. Although certain fans might disagree, this feud wouldn’t be as entertaining as it is now if The Miz wasn’t in the picture.
OWENS AND ZAYN DON’T NEED THE TITLE
The fans will love Owens and Zayn no matter what the outcome of this match is; they’re so over with the fans that a regular match between the pair on any show will be the highlight of the night, so they don’t need the championship right now.
Obviously, it’d be a huge bonus and it would make their matches mean a lot more as it would show just how far Steen and Generico have come while intensifying their rivalry.
Some may argue that the title may become a secondary object between the pair, unless it’s the World Championship on the line, and right now I feel that The Miz is the one that can get the most out of the championship.
Cesaro is an interesting equation in this match; fans love him also and he’s more than talented enough to hold the championship, but there’s still so much more they can do with Cesaro as a challenger to the title owned by The Miz, culminating in one big singles match.
HELPED KEEP THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TITLE
There’s been a lot of criticism surrounding Kalisto and how much the United States Championship now means, considering it was pretty much a main event championship when John Cena was holding the title.
We don’t see or hear that sort of criticism with The Miz, there was a bit of disappointment when he defeated Zack Ryder the night after he won it, but that’s what a heel does. Nobody has said The Miz is a bad champion, as his heel persona and his incredible gimmick allows him to go over as a deserving champion.
There’s always a risk that whoever dethrones The Miz may not be as entertaining as a champion, and until the WWE are confident on the next champion, The Miz needs to retain it no matter what. He’s already done so much for the company, so another run won’t do anybody any harm.
Do you think The Miz will retain at Extreme Rules? Have your say in the comments section below.