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WWE News: The Miz becomes #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship

Dean Ambrose will take on The Miz with the IC title at stake at a later date.

News 02 May 2017, 11:19 IST
The Miz won a Triple Threat  match against Finn Balor and Seth Rollins

What’s the story?

The latest episode of Raw saw The Miz winning a Triple Threat match against Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. As a result, he became the No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship.

In case you didn’t know…

We had reported earlier that a match involving The Miz, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor would take place in the episode to determine the No. 1 contender for the Universal championship. Now, it turns out that the report was close, except for the fact that the match was for the #1 contender’s spot for Intercontinental Championship rather than the Universal Championship.

The Miz has been the Intercontinental Champion six times during the course of his WWE career. He defeated Christian on the 1000th episode of Raw to win his first Intercontinental Championship.

The heart of the matter

The reigning Intercontinental Champion, Dean Ambrose, showed up during the earlier segments of the episode and went on to say that he was holding the top title on the red brand. He added that he was itching for a good fight and asked Raw General Manager Kurt Angle to make a call.

The main event was set, with the winner set to fight Ambrose at a later date. The trio of The Miz Seth Rollins and Finn Balor set up a terrific main event, as was expected, with chants of “this is awesome” booming through the arena.

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It looked like Rollins would go on to win but Samoa Joe took him out. Then, when it looked like Balor was going to win, Bray Wyatt took him out. In the end, The Miz somehow managed to pin Balor and steal the victory.

What’s next?

Dean Ambrose will take on The Miz with the Intercontinental Championship at stake at a later date. The match could take place at Extreme Rules.

Author’s take

With the main event, the WWE has given three possible matches at Extreme Rules – Ambrose vs. The Miz, Balor vs. Wyatt and Rollins vs. Samoa Joe.

Coming to the outcome of the fight, The Miz is probably more deserving than the others to be the No. 1 contender. He has been one of the best stars during the last few months, having benefitted from the brand extension like no other.

However, isn’t it slightly underwhelming that he will rival Ambrose again? After all, the Superstar shakeup was meant to freshen things up.

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