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WWE: Four More Years With Miz is Good For Business

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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 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.

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Tye Dillinger Requests Release from WWE

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Tye Dillinger is ready to move on from WWE, and has officially asked for his release from the company.

Dillinger has been sparingly used since his call up from NXT almost 2 years ago, and with the rise of other promotions, and the launch of AEW, it’s no surprise that Dillinger has decided to go elsewhere.

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Lio Rush Backstage Reputation

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WWE superstar Lio Rush has been in the middle of a confusing wrinkle in his association with Bobby Lashley, who seems to be done with Rush, but still teaming with him.

Lashley attacked Rush following Fin Balor pinning Rush in their handicapped match at Elimination Chamber, which cost Lashley his Intercontinental Championship despite not being pinned.

It’s been an interesting direction for Rush’s character, and according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson (h/t WrestlingNews.co) Rush may have a reputation backstage.

“It appears Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin. There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people, including other workers, the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”

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D-Generation X, with Chyna, to be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame

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Chyna will finally get recognized and honored as a WWE Hall of Famer.

According to ESPN, Degeneration-X will be officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.

Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The New Age Outlaws, X-Pac, and Chyna will all be inducted. It will mark Michaels’ second induction into the Hall of Fame.

“I think it’s the most meaningful for us all to go in together and to be recognized together,” Tripe H said, according to ESPN. “Because I think both groups were [just] as impactful.”

“It’s a funny thing, because DX was something that, before Kevin [Nash] and Scott [Hall] left, at the time we all talked about using ‘The Kliq’ as it was — kind of morphing that into television, since it was so out there anyways,” said Levesque. “But things worked out the way they did — they left, and the timing was right.”

“Shawn and I still wanted to do it. Vince saw the value in it, I guess, and finally let us go at it, by that point in time I was looking for a heater, and we had brought Chyna.”

Triple H went on to say Chyna deserved to be in the Hall of Fame.

“Look, people believe what they want to believe. When I said a few years ago on the Austin podcast, or show, or whatever you want to call it, there’s complexities around it,” said Triple H. “But absolutely, definitely deserves to be in there. It’d be tough to pick a female that was more impactful on the business. She did something that was completely so out of left field that it wasn’t even being considered when we first brought it up for her to come in. It wasn’t even a consideration… it wasn’t an easy thing, and against all odds she did all of that.”

And as far as Chyna being inducted in the future as single’s competitor, which she deserves, Triple H is confident it will happen eventually.

“From that standpoint, absolutely 100 percent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and should probably be more than once — as a group, but individually as well,” Levesque continued. “There’s more complexity to that than meets the eye, but here we are. I’m just happy that it’s here. I’m happy for her family, the people that she was close to, that hopefully this is super meaningful to them. I know it would be to her. It’s a great thing — very deserving.”

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