Hatin’ On: The Miz

You knew it was coming.

The Physical Embodiment of Sports Entertainment, The Personification of Weenie, The Wiz, The..um, hrumpf, other word that rhymes with Miz..you know the one. Yes, it’s The Miz- whose wretched journey as on-air “Who? From what show?” to WWE Champion has caused more suffering to viewing audiences than anyone in the WWE over the last decade. No mercy. On the wing of a childhood dream and a pithy fart of celebrity, The Miz had dreams of being the next Rock or Shawn Michaels. Despite WWE’s best efforts, we knew better: The Miz was shit. Every stutter, every botch was proof positive he was as undeserving and hollow as the reality show from which he spawned – stand back foul beast! Along the way, however, you gotta admire his tenacity for it. And you have to admire that – no matter how many times he hosts the vile “Miz TV” only to get laid out in the middle of the ring – you still wait fervently for that son-of-a-btich to get his, and you still boo the next time his cheesy, smiling dumbface makes an appearance.

Whatever your opinion on Roman Reigns, this was nice.

Fun fact about The Miz: His entrance video doesn’t feature any clips of him actually wrestling and hasn’t for years. Oh, there’s lots him doing other things in it – acting (horribly), talking to other TV personalities (awkwardly) – and lots of stock footage of time-lapse L.A. cityscapes. He came to…play? To play. He came to play. Not to win, to fight, to work, to be a champion, just to play. Sums it up, really. There’s no need to relive all of the growing pains of WWE trying to turn his steaming pile of petulance into superstardom. Thankfully, they’ve learned. It’s just too easy to hate on The Miz, and that gift shouldn’t go to waste. The gift of wanting to see someone be endlessly put on their ass, as well as the gift of his persona, rebelling against fans sense of what it means to be a great heel. “Oh, but The Miz isn’t vicious enough, he doesn’t have the mean streak” you might say. That’s mostly true, and exactly why our hate feels so justified: He isn’t a tough guy or one who enjoys violence. But having a mean-streak or being tough isn’t what makes a heel great, rather it’s the ability to be hated – to get heat – and Miz is so naturally talented that it makes you wonder if he has evolved a way to synthesize and break down audible booing into essential nutrients necessary to sustain life itself.

I swear, they ever make a Wrestlemania match out of these two, I’m losing my shit.

His remarkable growth, all while maintaining the aura of soft and safe pantomime “wrestler”, has told a story for WWE fans over the course of his career. Again, we’re intentionally not reliving any of that here. But you’ve seen most of it already, and at various points probably thought the wrestler he antagonized or otherwise shot an angle with was more far more talented than him, but I’d posit that’s not always the case. Or, at least, The Miz played his part of standing opposite of everything his opponent stood for at least as well as his respective protagonist stood for those values themselves. He was a wannabe against the Rock, a vain and vapid socialite to Mizdow’s commitment and pure artistry, and insincere hot dog against Daniel Bryan’s authentic, blue-collar charm. All of those amazing elements of psychology and storytelling are taken for granted. And that’s mostly because you can’t stop hating on this moron who main-evented a Wrestlemania and held WWE Championship gold when so many more deserving wrestlers before and during his time haven’t.

“I am the Title!” – actual quote

Since adopting his B-movie star shtick, fans have begun to appreciate all those years of his shitty, unbearable presence. He really found a groove! And so the hate has come full circle: I love to hate The Miz. When I have gone to live events where he was performing, I booed with hands cupped around my mouth for maximum sound wave travel distance in his direction. For every respect I can have for his performance, he still enters and leaves with his heat from me. Even now, when he’s try-harding against Dolph Ziggler or Dean Ambrose, I can feel the grimace work it’s way across my face. “This fucker thinks I’m going to respect his wrestling now.” I’ll be damned. And his passionate yet bumbling promos on Talking Smack only make me laugh. I still don’t believe he’s “that guy” which only adds another layer of hate, thus ensuring his continued survival on WWE television, and maybe even his very life on Earth.

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WWE SmackDown Live Viewership For 1/17/17: Viewership Increase For Women’s Championship Steel Cage Main Event

Tuesday’s episode of WWE SmackDown Live did 2,652 million viewers, which is up from the 2,533 million viewers the show did last Tuesday. The show was headlined by Alexa Bliss defending the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch in a steel cage match.

SmackDown Live ranked #1 in the top 150 shows on cable for the night, which is down from the 4th ranking the show did last week. Here are the viewership numbers for the show this year:

1/3/17: 2,596,000

1/10/17: 2,533,000

1/17/17: 2,652,000

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Tye Dillinger On Facing Eric Young At NXT Takeover: San Antonio, Match Announced For Next Week’s NXT

– WWE has announced that Tye Dillinger would face Eric Young in a singles match at NXT Takeover: San Antonio next weekend. Dillinger spoke with WWE.com about the upcoming match. In the video that you can watch below, Dillinger told Young to bring all of SAnitY because he will knock them down one by one.

– WWE has announced that Ember Moon would take on Liv Morgan on next week’s episode of NXT.

– Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live ranked #2 among series & specials for the night in Nielsen’s social media TV ratings. The show had 83,000 interactions on Twitter, which is up from last week’s 57,000 interactions. SmackDown had 19,000 unique authors, which is also up from last week’s 13,000 authors.

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Darren Young Provides Injury Update

As noted, Darren Young suffered an arm injury at Monday’s Main Event TV tapings in Little Rock, AR. The injury happened when Young took a nasty fall off the apron during his match with Epico, and he immediately grabbed his arm. The match was stopped immediately after the ref and doctor at ringside realized that Young was legitimately hurt. Young clutched his arm as he was walking up the ramp and to the backstage arena.

Young took to Twitter to update fans on the injury and posted this:

👉🏽Hyperextension which resulted in a traumatic dislocation & fracture of the coronoid process of the right elbow. 👈🏽 #blockthehate #standby pic.twitter.com/LNcvQiXLrF

— nodaysoff D-Young (@DarrenYoungWWE) January 18, 2017

There’s still no word yet on how long he’ll be out of action.

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Bray Wyatt Takes Shot At Baron Corbin (Video)

– During last night’s Talking Smack segment, Bray Wyatt talked about winning The Royal Rumble and also took a shot at Baron Corbin, who was on the show earlier and said that he would win the Rumble.

“I see Baron Corbin in here telling everyone that he’s going to win it,” Wyatt said. “But he doesn’t know what it takes, he’s never been there, he’s never done anything. I’ve been there. I’ve seen everything that there is to see.”

Check out the video below:

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WWE RAW Viewership Sees Big Increase This Week

– According to ShowBuzz Daily, this Monday’s WWE RAW episode, featuring a six-man main event with Braun Strowman, WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho and WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, drew 3.271 million viewers.

This number is up 12.5% from last week’s 2.907 million viewers.

* First hour drew 3.519 million viewers
* Second hour drew 3.221 million viewers
* Final hour drew 3.074 million viewers.

RAW was #5 on cable for the night in viewership, behind the NBA on TNT, The O’Reilly Factor, Special Report and Tucker Carlson.

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Triple H Reveals Plan For WWE Women’s Tournament

Triple H appeared on the FOX Sports Wrestling Compadres Slamcast this week, check out the exchange below:

DALE RUTLEDGE: Last time on the show, [Stephanie McMahon] mentioned an idea for the women’s talent that you were working on. Has there been any further development on that?

TRIPLE H: So, that’s another one of my big, big kind of passions, is to go do that, a women’s tournament. And we’re down the road a bit of — the harder thing now, in a changing landscape, I feel like sometimes in WWE, like, you know, Tuesday, I’m like, “Okay, so this is where we’re going, right? No changing it? Yes!” On Wednesday morning, you have to call, it’s like, “We’re not doing that anymore.”

So you look at the landscape and how much it’s changed in the last year. NXT Takeovers now are attached to our “Big Four” pay-per-views. Raw and SmackDown have split brands and have pay-per-views of their own, but there’s more pay-per-views. When you look at the big calendar of where do you stick an event, that’s changed. And you have to look for the space where you go like, “Do it here! … no, that’s not good, you have a holiday.” Right?

So it’s really just been a process with the women of us finding the right time and space. This one worked out great with the little gap before Rumble here, to fit this tournament in and doing it in a shorter time frame, doing it live.

The women, we’re probably going to do this summer, is what I’m hoping, and a lot of women performers just [reacted] when I said that, but that’s the plan anyway. And you know, again, much like cruisers, it’s to go scour the globe and maybe find the girls that are out there doing this that no one’s heard of, that no one has seen, that are like these diamonds waiting, and bring them up. And let’s see what they can do, and entertain people with the tournament, and let them be exposed to this new talent. And at the same time, just massively increase the opportunity and the talent pool for us, and for everyone, really.

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Randy Orton Responds To Altercation Report: “He Needs To Suck It The F-Up”

– As noted, Randy Orton was reportedly involved in an altercation earlier this week with a fan at a gym in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The fan involved in the alleged incident, Anthony Martin, spoke with the NEAReport.com website about the situation.

“He saw me snap the picture and came up to me got in my face and said, ‘What the f**k are you doing? I said no **ddamn pictures! Are you f**king stupid?’” Martin said. “I said, ‘No. You said you couldn’t hear me.”

Randy Orton responded on social media:

“Apparently I hurt a fans feelings when I told him to “F-Off” at the gym yesterday,” Orton wrote via his official Twitter page. “That’s news? Been happening for 15 years. #getalife.”

Apparently I hurt a fans feelings when I told him to F off at the gym yesterday. That’s news? Been happening for 15 years. #getalife

— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) January 18, 2017

In an additional tweet, Orton also wrote, “I paid to train. In between every set, I can’t take pics. He needs to suck it the F up and go to the gym to train not be a fan boy.

I paid to train. In between every set, I can’t take pics. He needs to suck it the F up and go to the gym to train not be a fan boy. https://t.co/I8rFn5N8qO

— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) January 18, 2017

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Kurt Angle Gives “No Brainer” Response To Who Should Induct Him

Kurt Angle recently did another interview, this time with Sports Illustrated, talking about the recent announcement of his upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame – Class of 2017. Some of the more relevant quotes are below:

On ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin Possibly Inducting Him:

“That’s a no-brainer. I had just started with WWE and had a program with Austin right after I beat Rock for the world title. I had a quick skit with Stephanie and Triple H, and then it was right on to Austin. We had some memorable feuds and some very funny segments, so he is at the top of my list.”

On Austin’s Impact On His Career:

“Steve was one of the most giving individuals. He took me in and allowed me to shine even when it was still his time. I don’t ever compare myself to Stone Cold. He is the guy who elevated wrestling to a level that nobody ever went before, but he enabled me to show my talents when he very well could have said no. He was a very giving individual, and he is one of the guys who had the biggest impact on my career.”

On His TNA Career:

“The WWE Universe is different from the rest of the world. Even though I was wrestling all these great matches, most WWE fans didn’t see those matches. That makes me sad, but it would be nice if WWE somehow got my TNA library, as well as AJ Styles’s, Samoa Joe’s, and Bobby Roode’s so people can see the stuff we did. Those guys will continue to have great matches, but we also had some great ones in TNA.”

On His Discussions with WWE

“I have yet to speak to Vince, but I did talk with Triple H. It was a great conversation. This is all about the Hall of Fame, nothing else, and I’m OK with that. WWE wanted to show their appreciation for my career there. Even though I feel it was short-lived at six-and-a-half years, I made enough of an impact that they felt I was worthy of the Hall of Fame.”

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Another Wrestler Gone From TNA

Marti Belle is no longer with TNA Wrestling. Several readers sent word that she has changed her twitter handle to remove the TNA references.

Belle first appeared in TNA at the Knockouts Knockdown PPV in 2014 but her most prominent role may have been as part of The Dollhouse group and her later run as a singles competitor. She’s a good worker and I wouldn’t be surprised if she got a look from WWE as part of the next set of Performance Center tryouts.

On twitter, she noted the username change and said that she is back to where it all began (ie. as an independent wrestler).

Note the handle change! Back to where it all began.

I am @MartiBelle

— Marti (@MartiBelle) January 17, 2017

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