The MizTV episode, featuring Big Show and Dolph Ziggler was one of the best of its kind to date. Simply because it is giving three people whose stock has diminished—Miz, Ziggler and Big Show—important roles in the main storyline. While Wade Barrett, The Shield and Ryback are assisting Triple H and Randy Orton in ruining Bryan's chances of becoming WWE Champion, the three babyfaces play a crucial role in setting some balance to the lop-sidedness.
It looks like these three will be involved at least to Survivor Series, which will help each of them. This angle also gives me hope that the Miz could rebound from his floundering role as of late and actually turn it around and become a popular babyface.
Randy Orton vs. The Miz was a pretty good match. Like I said before, Miz could actually become a solid babyface if he is booked correctly. Since his face run, we have mostly seen him feud against Wade Barrett, Curtis Axel and Fandango. None of those names will help any push to be a top face. A better option—if the WWE is serious about him remaining a babyface—would be for him to pursue the World Heavyweight Championship and feud with Alberto Del Rio. Until (hopefully) then, he finally has a decent spot on the roster.
RVD vs. Damien Sandow was purposed to propel RVD, but what about Sandow? I understand that having a sudden winning streak after becoming Mr. MITB does not make much sense, but at least give him an opportunity to even be labeled as someone who is worthy of being a world champion. Granted, the 2011 and 2012 MITB winners—Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler, respectively—had shameful win/loss records before they cashed their case in, but at least they were credible contenders to win the title. And what happened to giving Cody Rhodes the nod to become a top babyface? Hopefully not, but it looks as if that plug has been pulled.
Rowan/Harper vs. Tons of Funk shows that the WWE has reached a stagnant point with the Wyatt Family. I understand the power of slow builds, but they are engaged in absolutely no feud at the current time, and all we get are more vignettes and victories against a team who has not had an impressive win/loss record since they formed. At least Kane gave them a mission. Now, no noticeable direction, which could hurt the trio if this continues any further.
Follow the Buzzards! I'm not sure I want to....Would rather sit with @michaelcole and just call the action-a lot safer! @wwe— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) August 31, 2013
By the way—nice nWo '96 homage, Randy.
Early prediction: the payoff of this feud is Daniel Bryan winning the Royal Rumble and subsequently the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXX. Do you agree? Disagree? Sound off below.
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