Last night on WWE Raw, if you’re a fan of John Cena or Randy Orton, there’s a pretty good chance you’re feeling MIZ-ERABLE today. In a shocking title change during the closing minutes of Raw, The Miz defeated Randy Orton to capture his first WWE Championship. There are many saying “The Era of Awesomeness” has begun. I disagree. The Era of Awesomeness has been well underway for a while now.
Let’s be honest. Who thought the kid from “The Real World” would go on to become WWE Champion? Not many of us. Even after entering the fourth season of “Tough Enough”, the skepticism remained. Yet if you go back & look at Miz’s career before being called up to the main WWE roster, Miz was showing signs of the making of a champion. Trained in UPW & DSW (even becoming the first Deep South Champion), Miz went to OVW & won tag team championship gold there.
The wave of success would continue into this year. As United States Champion, Miz teamed with the Big Show & went on to capture the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. Brandishing 3 championships at the same time, Miz was easily “That Guy” of the WWE, yet was catching on with the fans at the same time much like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin & The Rock. He was becoming the heel it was cool to cheer. More & more Miz shirts started appearing on fans & the fans found themselves finishing promos along with him with the catchphrase “I’m the Miz & I’m Awesome”. Winning Raw’s “Money in the Bank” match, it seemed to only be a matter of time before Miz would go on to hold the WWE Title.
A big congratulations to Mike “The Miz” Mizanin. Last night, he proved to all of us that if you have a dream, it can be achieved through hard work & dedication. We should all be so lucky. Let the Era of Awesome continue into 2011 & beyond!
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