The Miz cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase at Elimination Chamber and defeating Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship shook up the Road to WrestleMania. There was definitely a question of what Drew’s path to Mania looked like, as there was no clear cut challenger for him. Having The Miz cash in and change the main event picture heading into Mania has created a buzz heading into the biggest show of the year and that’s a good thing, despite what some vocal fans on social media are saying.
There are a few things that should be stated clearly before we go any further. First, Edge challenging Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship is the main event of WrestleMania 37. That’s your money match, your big draw. And it is a big draw. You have WWE’s hottest act in Roman Reigns and the ultimate comeback story in Edge. Spear vs. Spear. All time great vs. all time great. This is a marquee WrestleMania match.
That being said, WWE is planning on a two-night show and you need a solid co-main event to run alongside the marquee draw of the weekend. While Drew is most definitely “the guy” of the red brand, he had no ready made storyline waiting. What The Miz did by cashing in so beautifully was not only get Drew back to chasing the title, which is the best way to draw money, but it also inserted the always-underutilized Bobby Lashley into the main event picture. The seeds have been planted for a big Mania title match.
As we saw tonight on Raw, Lashley is challenging The Miz next week for the title and—spoiler alert—Drew McIntyre is going to interfere, causing a non finish. Drew has to be reinserted into the picture; Lashley can’t lose and neither can The Miz. Drew interfering will be the finish and we will now have a three-way feud in place.
This is great booking on a few levels. One, we’re getting Drew and Lashley in a feud. If you haven’t seen their feud from Impact a few years ago, you’re missing out. These guys are bruisers and have chemistry. I can’t wait to see them lock horns again. But, there’s still The Miz to factor in.
With WWE preparing for the move to Peacock, it’s no surprise that they have The Miz in a prominent role. The Miz is WWE’s best PR asset and has a great relationship with NBC Universal. He’s a guy you want in a featured role. He can go on The Today Show. He can hit the Late Night Shows. He can get out there and promote this move and help get more people talking about this gigantic move to Peacock. The Miz, besides John Cena, is the best spokesperson WWE has and is the person WWE needs hitting the trail, generating interest from the causal and non regular viewers that WWE so desperately wants to tune into their programming when their move to Peacock lands.
At this point, the big question is whether they’ll take the title off The Miz at Fastlane, which will be the first WWE special to air on Peacock, or if they stretch it out to Mania. My best wrestling mind tells me that Miz drops the strap in a three-way at Fastlane with Lashley getting his hand raised, setting up Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre in a huge WrestleMania match. This would also allow for Miz and Morrison to face Bad Bunny and Damian Priest in another high profile match at WrestleMania, which Miz could remain on the PR trail for. Which would give us two marquee title matches, a celebrity in a tag match and then, of course, matches such as Orton vs. The Fiend and more.
So those are my thoughts on the Raw title picture and The Miz capturing the gold. Sure, he’s not the type of champion that other promotions are touting right now, but to act like it’s a bad idea or to criticize it is frankly dumb. WWE has handled this situation well and if we get Lashley vs. Drew at WrestleMania 37, we should all feel fortunate.