Each time the camera lights go on, one star shines brighter among the rest. This individual is victorious, constantly showing themselves and the WWE Universe they are deemed worthy of air time, our time and our hearts (or hatred for our beloved heels). Each month, this particular person will be awarded WWE Superstar of the Month and for the month of August, this title goes to The Miz.
If there was a WWE Walk of Fame, The Miz would certainly be given a star with all the accomplishments he’s achieved recently. Although unsuccessful in the six man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania, he did become the Intercontinental Champion for the fifth time the following night on Monday Night Raw thanks to the assistance of his beautiful wife, Maryse. Even during Zack Ryder’s entitled rematch on Smackdown three days later, The Miz retained the title with the help of Maryse once again distracting Ryder. The Miz continued to maintain his role as our Intercontinental Champion by defeating the likes of Cesaro at Payback and again at Extreme Rules. Cesaro wasn’t the only opponent he defeated at Extreme Rules as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were also a part of the match, making it a Fatal 4Way. Although being a Champion of any kind in WWE comes with pressure and responsibility, you never saw a single drop of sweat fall from his brow or anxiety present in his voice. In fact, The Miz is so self-assured (in general and as a Champion), that he felt confident enough to film Marine 5: Battleground while holding the Intercontinental Championship. To me , it seemed as if he was gone as quickly as a blink of an eye as he came back on the June 27th edition of Monday Night Raw. That same day, he faced Kane for the Intercontinental Championship which resulted in a count out so even though Kane won the match, he did not win the Championship. This momentum has progressed from one pay-per-view to the next, defeating opponents such as Darren Young and Apollo Crews. As exciting as his title reign has been, The Miz brought more excitement to himself and the Intercontinental Championship by his controversial attack on Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan. On Talking Smack last week, The Miz flipped out on Bryan after he said The Miz wrestled like a “coward”. Not only did The Miz practically break the internet by this vicious rant going viral, but he gained a lot of respect and even gained some new fans. The Miz will once again show why he is the best as he goes up against Dolph Ziggler at Backlash with the Intercontinental Championship on the line.
When I began watching WWE religiously again in late 2012, The Miz was someone that I liked but wasn’t really behind. Then as time progressed, I actually didn’t like him at all. To see him on television annoyed me and I just grit my teeth until his match or promo segment had ended. As of 2015, I had come to like him and the more I see him wrestle or talk on the mic, the more I have become a fan; more so than I ever was in 2012. You just can’t help it. He’s always improving himself and he has lived up to his moniker that he is awesome and has made the Intercontinental Championship prestigious again. Many great wrestlers before him have held the title, adding their legacy behind it (The Ultimate Warrior, The Honky Tonk Man, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon among many more) and The Miz is doing just the same. As much as I love Dolph Ziggler and would love nothing more than for him to become victorious at Backlash, I would be happy if the Never Ending Intercontinental Championship World Tour continued on. We’re currently at 149 days, all!