It’s not easy to predict what WWE will be like in 2022, but there is a good chance The Miz will be continue to be one of the company’s top stars.
According to a report from PWInsider, the Intercontinental Champion and WWE have agreed to a four-year deal that will last until 2022.
Everything’s coming up for The Miz. He recently defeated Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental title to begin his eighth reign with the belt. He will be one of the six wrestlers competing in the men’s Elimination Chamber match, where the winner will challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal title at Wrestlemania 34.
If the rumors are true, Miz is set to have a big match at the Showcase of the Immortals, defending his Intercontinental title against either Braun Strowman or Finn Balor.
Outside of the ring, he and his wife Maryse are set to star in their own TV and they are expecting a baby girl days before Wrestlemania.
It’s not a surprise to see WWE wanting to keep The Miz under the company banner for the foreseeable future. He has done some of his best work – as well as some of the best work in the company – in the last few years.
Ever since his tirade against Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan, Miz has delivered in promos. During Wrestlemania season last year, he and Maryse were in a program with John Cena and Nikki Bella. The combination of them mocking of “Total Bellas,” along with cutting promos with conviction, had fans gravitating toward him in the lead up to Wrestlemania 33.
Even when his matches are on the midcard, he makes them feel important. During Survivor Series, Miz garnered attention with his back-and-forth promos with then-United States Champion Baron Corbin. He recently did this with Reigns in the lead up to their Intercontinental title rematch.
The Miz has been one of WWE’s most consistent performers in the last 10 years. He never gets injured, which has led to some people calling him a “soft wrestler.” His work in the last have of his career easily outshines his work in 2011 when he was the WWE Champion.
Fans and critics have also praised his runs with the Intercontinental title, saying he has helped elevate the belt to prominence. In a recent interview with ESPN, Miz said he wants to main event Wrestlemania with the Intercontinental title.
There is speculation the Miz is expected to be elevated to the main event scene – and why not? He would make a great challenger for Roman Reigns, should the Big Dog wrestle the Universal title from Lesnar.
A match between him and Reigns would be a good, barnburner between two workers.
— The Miz (@mikethemiz) October 30, 2017
The Miz may not produce a five-star New Japan-strong style match, but he is a solid worker that can elevate anyone he works with. On the flip side, he could do great character work with the likes of Kenny Omega or Kazuchika Okada should they come to WWE.
We’re only two months into the year and it appears 2018 will be another strong year for The Miz and the next four will only get better.
Bobby Lashley Discusses Hurt Business Reunion
Bobby Lashley hopes that there will be a day that the popular Hurt Business faction will reunite, and reignited their dominant impact during WWE Monday Night RAW that was front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lashley, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander, all formed the faction, and at one point they held a lot of gold, when Lashley was WWE Champion and Alexander & Benjamin were Raw Tag Team Champions.
The faction has since split up, with Lashley and MVP branching off as a solo act, but MVP eventually split from Lashley and is now managing Omos.
Lashley is still holding out hope.
“You know what, I was thinking about what could happen to actually bring us together, and I thought about this the other day. I was like, if [MVP] made Omos too dangerous, where he couldn’t contain him anymore, and Omos turned on him, he would need somebody to help him. There’s only one person that can beat Omos. Then, I may need some help, and if I need some help, you have Cedric, you have Shelton, you have, we can take him down, and then we’re babyfaces again. They’ll love us. Anything can happen,” Bobby Lashley said, during an interview with Ryan Satin on the Out of Character Podcast (H/T to Fightful)
WWE Fires John Laurinaitis
WWE has quietly let go of former WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis in the aftermath of public accusations levied at Laurinaitis and former WWE Vince McMahon, according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson.
“We are told that the termination happened within the last week or so and it was, for obvious reasons, being kept very quiet beyond a very small circle. We are working to confirm when the departure took place but every source, to a person, made it clear Laurinaitis was let go.”
Allegations came to light earlier this summer when the Wall Street Journal published an article alleging WWE board members are “investigating a secret $3 million settlement that longtime chief executive Vince McMahon agreed to pay to a departing employee with whom he allegedly had an affair, according to documents and people familiar with the board inquiry.”
It was alleged that McMahon “gave her like a toy” to Laurinaitis.
The WWE Board of Director’s investigation is ongoing.
Live Morgan Injury Update
SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan is set to defend her title at WWE Clash at the Castle that takes places in the United Kingdom during Labor Day Weekend, but could an injury limit her?
Morgan was wearing an arm brace on SmackDown leading fans to think she is legitimately hurt.
According to Fightful, Morgan is not hurt and the injury is a work to advance the storyline of Ronda Rousey “snapping” following the controversial ending to their SummerSlam championship match which saw Morgan clearly tapping out to Rousey prior to Rousey being counted down for the pinfall, giving Morgan the victory.
Morgan wining walking away still champion, given the circumstances, has irked fans.
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