At Sunday night’s No Mercy pay-per-view event, The Miz lost his Intercontinental Championship in a spectacular match to Dolph Ziggler. Where does it rank among the best matches of his WWE career?
#10 The Miz vs. Alex Riley - Capitol Punishment 6/19/2011
Alex Riley was the second NXT rookie under the tutelage of The Miz. The first, of course, was Daniel Bryan, who will show up later on this list. Riley, despite being generally just okay (at best) during the NXT series, started gaining a tonne of popularity when he separated from The Miz not long after his mentor lost the WWE Championship.
Riley seemed like a sure thing back in 2011, as he was getting extremely good fan reactions and putting in good in-ring performances.
This match was no different, as the crowd in Washington, DC was on fire for A-Ry, who not only took The Miz to the limit but actually defeated him! Riley ended up falling off of the face of the planet for no apparent reason, sadly, and Miz has had a lot of ups and downs since, but this match signified a very good time in the careers of both men.