Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Champ is...Where?

The Miz & A-Ri at Wrestlemania
By Chad Smart

Last night, I went to the L.A. Clippers last game of the season. As I was standing outside Staples Center waiting on my friends to arrive, I started watching the video screen promos for upcoming events. One of those events was SummerSlam, which is being held in Los Angeles for the third year in a row.

The promo video featured some quick cuts of in ring action followed by flying stars with a different wrestler in each star showcasing who was going to be at the show. (Card subject to change, of course.) I think there were 7 or 8 stars and the Superstars highlighted were John Cena, Edge, Alberto Del Rio, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, and I forget the last couple. The one person not featured however was, The Miz.

Now I’m guessing the video was sent to Staples Center by WWE and not something Staples Center created on their own. The video was probably sent a couple months ago as well. So there could be reasons why a Superstar who is now in the main event picture, +cough+RTruth+cough+, isn’t in the video but to not feature a guy who not only has been WWE champion for four months, but has been a featured performer for the past year is puzzling. Actually it’s not even the fact The Miz has held some form of a gold title for the majority of the last year that you would think would get him into a promotional video. It’s the fact he’s the WWE Champion that’s makes you question who put the video together.

We’ve discussed on the site before how The Miz has become third banana in WWE while all the focus has shifted to John Cena vs. The Rock. Call me old fashioned, but I think the Champ should be the guy the show is built around. If the Champ isn’t the focus, what’s the point of having a champion? It’s not like The Miz won the title a few weeks ago. He’s been champion for almost four months.

While I don’t expect The Miz to walk into SummerSlam as champion, I find it surprising he’s not featured in the promotional video for the show while Alberto Del Rio, who’s only been in the company for about nine months, is in the video. I know this in the grand scheme of things this is nothing to get upset about, and I’m not getting the torches and pitchforks ready for marching up to Titan Tower demanding Miz be put in future videos. I was simply amused at The Miz’s exclusion and thought it’d be something to write a quick blog about at midnight.

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