The 5 greatest rivals of The Miz

The Miz has been an important part of the WWE for over a decade...
Jeremy Bennett

The story of Mike "The Miz" Mizanin is truly unique. He debuted on television in 2001 on MTV's The Real World reality series before appearing on the fourth season of WWE Tough Enough where he would become the runner-up.

Shortly after his runner-up performance on Tough Enough, he was signed to a developmental deal and Miz reported to Ohio Valley Wrestling. He'd make his main roster debut in 2006 as the host of SmackDown before finally transitioning to a wrestler later that fall.

Fast forward to 2018, and The Miz is one of the most important entities that the WWE has today. Throughout his career, he's won a total of 17 titles within the WWE, including eight reigns with the WWE Intercontinental Championship; which only trails Chris Jericho all-time.

Under the current format, The Miz become the fifth Grand Slam Champion for the WWE and the 14th of all-time. Though he only has had one world championship reign, his body of work the past two years suggests that he will get a run with the WWE Championship again sometime in the near future.

During the 12-year career of The Miz, there have been some great rivals. This article will take a look at the five best rivals of The Miz's career.

Let's kick off this list with a former partner of The Miz who won two tag team championships together in the WWE before becoming bitter rivals...

#5 John Morrison

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John Morrison wrestled in the WWE from 2004 to 2011...

John Randall Hennigan has MANY names within the sport of professional wrestling, but for his seven years with the WWE, he was best known as John Morrison. Like The Miz, Morrison started his WWE career by appearing on Tough Enough; where he the co-winner in 2002 with the late Matt Cappotelli.

Morrison started teaming with The Miz in 2007 and they found success instantly as they won the WWE Tag Team Championship and the World Tag Team Championship once each. In 2009, that partnership came to a crashing halt and it started a great feud between these two.

The feud spilled into 2010 where they would both be gunning for the WWE United States Championship. The pinnacle of the feud was the first edition of Monday Night Raw in 2011 when Miz defeated Morrison for the WWE Championship in a tremendous No Disqualification Falls Count Anywhere Match.


#4 Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler and The Miz have quite the history over the WWE Intercontinental Championship...

Just like with John Morrison, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler were a tag team before becoming fierce rivals, but their tag team only lasted a few weeks compared to Miz and Morrison.

They would first face each other in one-on-one competition late in 2012, but it was their feud over the WWE Intercontinental Championship in 2016 that set the WWE Universe on fire.

While the pair did feud for the same title in 2014, it was a completely different story in 2016. It was more personal and even Ziggler's career was on the line when they faced each other at No Mercy in October 2016.


#3 Dean Ambrose

"The Lunatic Fringe" Dean Ambrose has butted heads with The Miz on several occasions...

Over the past five years, The Miz and Dean Ambrose have had their fair share of great feuds. Their first one was over the WWE United States Championship in 2013 when Ambrose had a 351-day reign with the title.

The best feud between these two happened in 2017 over the WWE Intercontinental Championship. It was such a bitter feud it started on SmackDown Live and carried over to Monday Night Raw when both men were moved in the Superstar Shakeup.

The feud rekindled at the end of 2017 when Miz and The Bar forced the hands of Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns to reform The Shield, but it was cut short due to the triceps injury of Ambrose.


#2 Daniel Bryan

When this moment happened on Talking Smack in 2016, Bryan still wasn't cleared to wrestle...

The feud between Daniel Bryan and The Miz started the moment Bryan debuted as a competitor on NXT with Miz as his mentor in 2010. Later on in the year, they would feud over the WWE United States Championship.

The current feud started two years ago in 2016 during Talking Smack when Bryan was the SmackDown General Manager. It was one of The Miz's best promos to date and has led to SummerSlam 2018 where Daniel Bryan and The Miz will likely have a match.

When both Bryan and Miz's careers are over, Bryan may likely move up to becoming the best rival of The Miz ever.


#1 John Cena

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The Miz and John Cena's rivalry has culminated at two different WrestleMania's...

Though the feuding with Daniel Bryan may eventually be the best rival for The Miz when it's all said and done, John Cena is still the best rival of all-time for The Miz currently because two different feuds ended at WrestleMania.

The first was in 2011 when Miz was WWE Champion for the only time in his career thus far. Miz defeated John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania XXVII to retain; however, Cena would defeat him a month later at Extreme Rules.

The next WrestleMania feud would involve each's significant others with The Miz and Maryse took on John Cena and Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida. The skits and the lead-up to that match were hilarious as you can see in the video below.


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Edited by Raunak J


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