WWE: Four More Years With Miz is Good For Business
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.
Hey @BaronCorbinWWE …. pic.twitter.com/w33xydJ5qy
— 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.
Former WWE Star Lanny Poffo Dies at 68
Former WWE star Lanny ‘The Genius’ Poffo has reportedly died at the age of 68, according to his close friend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, although no cause of death has been given at the time of this writing.
Poffo made his in-ring debut with the All-South Wrestling Alliance back in 1974, and also wrestled for a number of promotions such as the National Wrestling Alliance where he won a tag-team title with his father, Angelo.
Poffo debuted for WWE back in 1985 where he would be known as “Leaping Lanny Poffo” and “The Genius.”
Poffo would return to WWE back in 2015 to induct his brother, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, into the WWE Hall of Fame in a touching induction ceremony ahead of WrestleMania 31.
“With a very, very heavy heart, I’ve been asked to let everyone know about the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius,” Duggan said on Twitter.
Braun Strowman Talks Brock Lesnar Shooting On Him at Royal Rumble
WWE superstar Braun Strowman has had a number of memorable moments during his career at WWE, but none are quite like the 2018 Royal Rumble where Brock Lesnar got upset with Strowman for catching him with a knee.
Lesnar didn’t take to kindly and immediately hit Strowman with a flurry of legitimate punches, including a right hand to his jaw.
“Shit got real” Strowman said, during an interview with BT Sport.
“I mean, at the end of the day it’s two scary guys, two dominant males, not wanting to give an inch to either one, and we took it from each other. Things happen. We’re not playing, we’re not ballet, we’re not badminton. We’re physical. He’s [Lesnar] 300lbs, of just unadulterated animalistic beast and I’m a 385lbs monster. Things happen. At the end of the day, we made one hell of a segment, that’s what really happened.”
“I pat myself on the back. I think I’m the only person in history to take an overhand right from Brock Lesnar and not get knocked out. Anytime you get in the ring with “The Beast” and mix it up, the bigger the challenge the better. If you’re not wrestling the best, then who’d you beat?”
Ex-NJPW Star Karl Fredericks Signs with WWE
Former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Karl Fredericks has officially signed with WWE following the conclusion of his four-year tenure with NJPW. Fredericks announced on social media back in summer 2022 that he would not re-sign with NJPW.
Fredericks was initially linked to WWE last September, when he was reportedly spotted at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
According to PW Insider, Fredericks has officially signed with WWE and will be a part of the NXT brand initially.
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