Following his acclaimed promo on Talking Smack (can anyone tell me why that show was cancelled?) in 2016, The Miz found a renewed sense of relevance on WWE cards. He captured audience’s imaginations and continued to do so with the added intensity and shoot nature of his promos and character. His feuds with Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan were met with praise both on the mic and in the ring.
Miz was proving so popular with fans, WWE were considering the unthinkable: another face turn (many of us are still trying to forget his original one). In former fan favourite Shane McMahon, WWE had seemingly found an ideal heel for the newly turned Miz to overcome. The angle in which Shane O’Mac assaulted Miz in front of his father got major heat by modern standards and Miz’s face promos heading into Wrestlemania won over fans and gained him the support a leading face needs.
It was all going so well until the bell rung. A sloppy but fairly entertaining brawl ended with McMahon picking up a fluke victory over Miz after a superplex stunt. A downer of an ending to say the least and one that made Miz look like a jabroni rather than a main eventer. Failing even to get revenge for this, Miz has noticeably slipped down the card this year and has done little of note. One wonders what a WrestleMania triumph could’ve done for the A-Lister.