Last night, GM Bret Hart issued a Fatal 4-Way United States Championship match in preparations for this Sunday’s Fatal 4-Way PPV. The match involved defending champion R-Truth, The Miz, John Morrison, and Zack Ryder.
These four competitors wrestled in a tag team match last week via the Viewer’s Choice: The Miz & Zack Ryder against R-Truth & John Morrison. The Miz is 2-0 as he picked up a win for his team last week; and capitalized on the Rough Ryder and Starship Pain to not only steal the victory, but become a 2-time United States Champion.
Miz’s first reign came to an end after losing it to Bret Hart in a No DQ match. The title was then vacated the following week when Bret was named the new GM of RAW. On the same night, R-Truth became the new US Champion in a match against The Miz.
Aside from 2-Hardcore Title reigns which lasted a matter of minutes a-piece, R-Truth’s United States Championship marked his first real singles title. After 21 days of being champion, did R-Truth change?
A wrestling philosophy held by many die-hard fans is that a championship should not make a wrestler; rather, the wrestler should make the championship.
However, holding a title should at least entice a wrestler to be better.
When The Miz won his first singles title against Kofi Kingston, he took the United States Title and ran with it. He later teamed with Big Show and pinned Shawn Michaels of D-Generation-X to become one-half of the Unified Tag Team Champions. As the only dual champion, walking around with three belts, The Miz started acting like a permanent fixture in WWE by cutting unbelievable promos and successfully defending his championships.
When R-Truth was United States Champion, nothing happened. He didn’t even seek out competition or call out any challenges to defend his title. As far as anyone was concerned, Truth was simply holding the belt until a rightful champion came along.
Winning a mid-level title is suppose to be a wrestler’s turning point in his career towards one day head-lining the company. The Miz has successfully taken this next step from WWE’s Miztake to WWE’s future, while R-Truth is still skipping and jumping in the mid-card scene.