After retaining the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, and the warm reception received this past WWE Raw, has The Miz finally been accepted as a serious headliner?
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times, today’s topic is about two people making headway in their future with the WWE. So like always, let’s get right down to it and discuss… you guessed it… wrestling!
Say what you will about Mike Mizanin, he’s a reality television star that had no business participating on WWE Tough Enough. He has no business being in the WWE, being the face of the corporation, or being its champion. Love him or hate him, he is the real deal.
At WrestleMania, John Cena and The Miz went over the barricade, and Miz’ head slammed against the concrete. Despite suffering a legitimate concussion upon impact, The Miz knew what was at stake. He had an obligation to himself as the WWE Champion to retain his title. And though you can give credit to The Rock for laying Cena out with The Rock Bottom, Miz withstood the pains of blurred vision, dizziness, confusion, and nausea, to climb over the barricade, enter the ring, and instinctively hook his opponent’s leg for the pinfall. The Miz not only walked out of WrestleMania still the WWE Champion, but he defeated John Cena.
Recall Miz’ initial run against John Cena? The Miz attempted to make a name for himself by challenging Cena to matches, who was out due to injury, and claimed victories via forfeit. He even wore a custom “No Cena” t-shirt with his undefeated win-loss record written on the back. The angle was obviously taken from Chris Jericho’s mediocre push against Bill Goldberg back in WCW. Jericho would wear his custom “Jerichoholics” t-shirts, and claim that he was like 5-0 against Goldberg, even though Bill was unaware of who Jericho was. This current run against Cena was the run that Miz should’ve had back in the summer of 2009, but it just never panned out that way. Then again, The Miz needed to grow into the headliner role.
‘Mania did that for Miz, which is why Atlanta, Georgia, were very pro-Miz, and why Cena congratulated Miz for winning WrestleMania, and that Miz had his respect. Cena also remarked that hopefully he doesn’t ever have to face him again, which begs the question, “Then who would contest for the WWE Championship?”
Sin Cara (f.k.a. Mistico) made his highly anticipated debut this past WWE Raw. He attacked WWE United States Champion Sheamus to save the former champion Daniel Bryan.
For weeks, we have seen Sin Cara’s seamless luchador style through numerous vignettes. On Monday, Sin Cara silently pointed to Sheamus, springboarded over the top rope, and proceeded to attack the champion before ending his debut by hitting the high cross body off the top rope, which he appeared to glide through the air. But what makes Sin Cara so different from others to debut? Aside from the obvious wrestling style, Sin Cara did not utter a word, but instead let his actions speak for him.
The name Sin Cara translates to “Faceless” or “Without a Face,” but is he without a voice? As far as we know, WWE decided for once to heavily showcase a talent’s wrestling ability, but in a company where mic skills mean the difference between headliner to the forgotten card, can Sin Cara afford not to speak?
In order for Sin Cara to advance within the company, he will need to speak, or work with a heel that can creatively carry a verbal exchange with a silent opponent. Is it possible? Well, it worked in Ring of Honor Wrestling, wherein “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen carried a feud with the silent “Generic Luchador” El Generico for a whole year. If a small independent promotion could engage the audience for an entire year, imagine what WWE could do? With boisterous heels that love to hear the sound of their voice, as much as they like to talk, guys like Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, and The Miz would be perfect candidates.
The other creative route is to have Sin Cara talk, which would take away from the mystique behind his character. Unless creative did something so unique that his mystique only increased when he spoke. My creative suggestion: Why not have his voice projected throughout the arena without the use of a microphone? Basically, add-on to the mystique of Sin Cara through telepathic abilities. Could you imagine a superstar whose voice is projected from his mind, uncanny?
That’s it for this post. For those of you who were patient enough to read this post, here’s Sin Cara being interviewed (as Mistico) ENJOY! Click here.
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