The Miz was one of the biggest stars on the SmackDown Live brand before the Superstar Shakeup delivered him to RAW. Now, he’s on the flagship program for the entire company after helping the blue brand raise its platform.
He had spent the better part of the last year putting on shows for fans and shouting to anyone who would listen that SmackDown was the better product that the WWE was putting out. Apparently, someone in the WWE’s creative department agrees with him.
Miz recently spoke to IGN about how things have been for him since his big match at WrestleMania 33. He even volunteered that he knew why the people in charge made the move to shift he and Maryse to the RAW brand when they had been doing so well.
“Weird. You know, I had no idea what to do. I’ve never had that experience of people cheering me. I was like ‘I don’t even understand what’s happening right now. They’re just cheering me.’ So I decided to accept it and have fun with it and go with it.
“RAW’s the flagship show and obviously the flagship show needed the ratings. It needed the star power of Miz and Maryse. They brought over the ‘It Couple’ and now it’s the show to watch. With SmackDown Live, we made it must-see. Every week, people would tune in wondering what Miz and Maryse would do now, but now they’re doing the same exact thing with Monday Night RAW.”
It’s no secret that the blue brand is hurting a bit right now as the Shakeup left it with a clear imbalance in talent. Some of that is due to the roster for Monday nights needing to be bigger to help fill in that extra hour of screentime.
Some of it is more likely due to the fact that the WWE’s brass saw the ratings steadily sliding for RAW and decided to give it a jump start by placing the most successful elements of their other program onto the flagship's roster.
Even so, Baron Corbin, who the company is looking to push in a big way, and AJ Styles are still doing their thing over on SmackDown. Both of those performers are huge draws and now they are joined by Kevin Owens who will be a major player over there as well.
Shinsuke Nakamura and The New Day’s introductions to the blue brand will also help pick up some of the slack created by people like The Miz and Dean Ambrose being traded away. All of this will be balanced out by this time next year.
For now The Miz is riding high, but it will be interesting to see if his current run continues now that he’s running with some of the biggest attractions in the company.News Now - Sport News