Posts Tagged ‘WWE Intercontinental Championship’

Dolph Ziggler’s fortunes have skyrocketed lately. Moving to Raw and aligning with Drew McIntyre has given him renewed purpose, and he scored a surprising Intercontinental Title victory on last week’s Raw (18 Jun), ending Seth Rollins’ universally praised reign with a roll-up.

It’s a sharp turnaround for a wrestler whose career had plummeted on SmackDown, where his whiney heel shtick was struggling to gain traction, but according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, it hasn’t come out of nowhere.

Johnson believes that the reason behind Ziggler’s recent push is that Dolph’s contract is set to expire later this summer, and WWE hope it’ll convince him to stick around.

There’s a worry that Ziggler’s re-elevation is temporary, and that if he re-signs, the company could shove him straight down the card. Regardless, ‘The Show-Off’ has found his groove again. The Rollins bouts were widely praised, the McIntyre alliance is full of possibilities, and he hasn’t looked this motivated in years.

Dolph has never been shy of airing his discontent, and admitted he “hated” his position in WWE during an appearance on Edge & Christian’s podcast last December. Time will tell if this new push appeases him, but for now, Ziggler’s in a good place.

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The Miz spoke with SPORTbible on fans letting him know about his title records and how Seth Rollins is doing as the current WWE Intercontinental Championship. Here are some of the highlights:

Fans making such a big deal about records:

“I feel like I have done so much in WWE that we just make up stuff now! It’s like, ‘I’ve had more combined days than every superstar besides one to be the Intercontinental champion!’ Is it cool? Sure. Do we make a bigger deal of it now, with social media? Absolutely. I wouldn’t even be able to tell you unless people tell me on the internet, ‘Hey, guess what – you have x amount of combined days until you are beating Pedro Morales for the longest-reigning Intercontinental champion, or, ‘You need one more reign to tie Chris Jericho!’ I think you guys care about it a little bit more than I do.”

Current WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins:

“I think Seth is doing a fantastic job with the Intercontinental championship. He’s had it for maybe a month and has probably defended it more times than I have in the past year! He’s on a hot-streak right now. His song says ‘Burn it down!’ and every time he goes out there that’s exactly what he tries to do. He elevates superstars every time they are in the ring; I saw a match with Mojo Rawley and it was the best match I have ever seen Mojo in, in his entire career. That just shows you not only how good Mojo is, he was able to showcase, but how good Seth Rollins really is. I don’t think he can elevate it any more than I already have but I think he’ll keep it at that same level.”

Miz also discussed past IC Champions. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

We all know that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Since debuting on the main roster last year, the songster has been a phenomenal personality and a fantastic edition to the Monday Night RAW roster. From house shows to pay-per-views, Elias gets one of the biggest crowd reactions wherever he goes.

Many assumed that his character had a ceiling, that he’d reach a certain level of status in his comedy/jobber role and that would be his limit. However, he’s now being tipped for big things and a potential title run.

Elias has already faced Braun Strowman, competed in the Elimination Chamber and defeated John Cena but now it looks like he’ll be entering a programme with Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Title after brutally attacking him with a guitar on Monday night.

Furthermore, pro wrestling guru Dave Meltzer thinks that not only will he face CrossFit Jesus, it’s entirely plausible that he’ll win and claim his first WWE title. Discussing his title credentials on Wrestling Observer Radio this week, Meltzer said:-

Right now I kind of think the timing is right for him to win… Seth is a star and Elias, he’s a star too… but it’s not like he has credibility as a top guy, that’s why having that title would actually help him, and Seth doesn’t need that championship.

Whilst no match for the IC Title between the two has been announced for Money in the Bank, it does seem that’s the way they are heading and would make sense with neither man competing in the ladder match. What’s more, dropping the championship to Elias would leave Seth Rollins free to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship and give us all the match we really want to see.

The Miz spoke with Sport Illustrated’s Extra Mustard section on Daniel Bryan and making a run at the WWE Championship. Here are some of the highlights:

If he’s more prepared now for another WWE Title:

“Not only is it a fair assessment, it’s absolutely correct. Back when I was champion before, it wasn’t that I wasn’t ready for the title. Back then, I thought, ‘I’m the champion and I should be the champion, there’s no doubt in my mind.’ Now I know this is my time. This is my time to shine and be the face, that’s exactly what I am going to do on SmackDown Live.

With the Intercontinental championship, my sole goal was to make it relevant, prestigious, and honorable like it was when I was a kid. I succeeded in that goal. I lost that title to Seth Rollins. As much as I can be bitter or angry or mad about that, when you look at Seth Rollins as a talent, there is arguably no one better in that WWE ring. He is a master in that ring and he showcased it all at Backlash. We gave it all out there, and he came out on top. Since he’s had the title, he’s done exactly what he said he would: be a fighting champion. He’s a workhorse, and he absolutely deserves the Intercontinental championship.

My goal is to make the WWE championship as relevant and prestigious as it should be. Now do I think AJ Styles is doing a terrific job as WWE champion? Absolutely. But that WWE Championship should be in the main event of every pay per view, and it upsets me when I see that it’s not. My goal is to not only win the Money in the Bank contract, cash it in, and become WWE champion. I want to put that title back where it belongs: the main event. Like I always say, the man makes the title, the title doesn’t make the man. I will make the WWE Championship the most prestigious and honorable title in all the WWE just like I did the Intercontinental championship.”

Daniel Bryan and if they share any kind of mutual admiration:

“On Talking Smack, I told Daniel Bryan exactly the way I felt and he’s the one who basically came at me. Everyone looks at me as the bad guy, but who’s the bad guy there? Daniel Bryan said my work is soft, that my work is cowardly. He said my work isn’t as good, that I’m not a good in-ring technician. I’m good for some things? Maybe on the microphone? Maybe I can be a manager or a commentator? But what I heard was that I was not good enough in the ring. And this was coming from a guy who was injured and couldn’t come back from that injury.

Daniel Bryan could have quit and went and did all his indies and did all the bingo hall things, but he wanted to fight for his dreams. But that day, he didn’t fight for his dreams. He walked away like the coward he was calling me. Now you fast forward and everybody wants to see Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz, but the fact is Daniel Bryan isn’t at the caliber I am at. I am sick of people sitting there saying, ‘Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz.’ He doesn’t deserve to be in the ring with me. He’s not at the level that I am. I am showcasing top-level talent, and maybe in a year or maybe in two years, he’ll be at that level. But right now, he’s not at that level. He’s just going on the fame he had four years ago. Things changed. So when Daniel Bryan is ready, and I feel that he is ready, that’s when the match will happen. Until then, he’s not ready for me.”

Miz also discussed Red Nose Day and more on Bryan. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

On March, 27, The Miz and Maryse welcomed Monroe Sky Mizanin, less than two weeks before he was scheduled to defend the Intercontinental Championship against Seth Rollins and Finn Balor at WrestleMania 34. Miz showed his dedication to the business in not only defending his title, but continuing to appear on weekly television shortly following his daughter’s birth. In a recent interview with Complex, Miz shared how much he appreciates Maryse staying home with the baby while he is out at work, but also pulling daddy duties when he is at home.

“My wife and I make an awesome tag team,” said Miz. “I see this loving, maternal side of her when she’s taking care of Monroe Sky, and I’m in awe… [Fatherhood] affects every part of [my] life. I’m changing diapers. I’m feeding her. I’m putting her to sleep. I’m being a full-time dad.”

Before losing the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania, Miz was just 20 days away from being the longest reigning champion of all time, currently held by Pedro Morales. Miz explains how important this title was to him growing up, and how he wanted to carry on the prestige and legacy.

“My favorite wrestler growing up was The Ultimate Warrior,” said Miz. “I used to run around with the tassels on my arms. And he held the Intercontinental title, and so did wrestlers like Shawn Michaels and Ravishing Rick Rude. I want the Intercontinental title to be seen as more than just a mid-card belt. The Intercontinental Champion used to be seen as a threat to the WWE Champion. My goal is to return the Intercontinental Championship to that level of importance.”

One of The Miz’s most pivotal moments was on an episode of Talking Smack, where he got into a verbal altercation with then-General Manager Daniel Bryan. Angry at Bryan’s remarks that he wrestles like a coward, Miz lost his cool and stated that he has never been injured in the 10-plus years he has been a WWE superstar, and advised Bryan to quit WWE and “go to the bingo halls with your indie friends.”

Miz commented on the backstage reaction of this promo, stating, “people backstage were packing their bags and leaving, and suddenly, everyone just stopped. I only remember parts of that moment afterwards, because I was so angry. But I was just pacing. I didn’t know what to do with myself.”

Now, the feud between The Miz and Daniel Bryan has rekindled, since Miz is now on the SmackDown Live roster, and Bryan has returned to full-time in-ring competition.

Source: Complex

WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz recently appeared on Booker T’s podcast. You can check out the full episode at this link, they sent us these highlights:

Reason For His Success In WWE:

“I think it is the ability to evolve. I mean, when you look at your [Booker T] career. You went from the five-time, five-time, five-time World Champion to King Booker, which was arguably one of my favorite characters of all-time. It was so much fun to watch. I think the first time, William Regal had to say, “All Hail King Booker’ for like ten minutes, and you were eating it up. Watching it, I was like, oh my God, he is eating it up. I knew you were laughing the entire time. It was so much fun to watch.”

What He Attributes His Success To:

“My success, I think it is due to the Mizanan family. Everyone in my family is a hard worker. I was the guy that whenever someone would say, oh man, it’s media day, I don’t have time. I have X,Y, & Z, I would say, give it to me. I will do every media day because I looked at it as an opportunity. Not only was it an opportunity for me to go out there in front of the media all around the world, but also to practice promos. To captivate people and to have them understand exactly who I was. I think hard work, dedication and anytime someone didn’t want to do something, I would always raise my hand. I think that is where my success lies – for whatever I lack in talent, I make up for in hard work.”

Wanting the Intercontinental Title to Mean Something Again:

“When my wife [Maryse] first came to WWE, it was like the day after WrestleMania and she had came back and actually helped me to defeat Zack Ryder for the Intercontinental title. At that moment, I was like, never again will I ever be looked as anything other than a main eventer. Everything I do will be at an elite level; the boss level. I will tell you what, I looked at that Intercontinental title – when I was a kid, my heroes had that title; Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect. I was watching this title get dug and dug into the grave, because anytime you have the title it is more like, ‘oh, that guy is going to lose.’ Anytime there was a non-title match that person was going to lose who had the title.

“I didn’t want that anymore. I was sick of it, and I will never forget where I went off on Daniel Bryan. That day, I went through so much on my mind, I was so aggravated. Here I was trying to make the title as prestigious as I can in WWE but I wasn’t even on the show. They told me that I was involved in a dark match to open the show. It is not that I didn’t want to do it and perform for the audience, it was more like, this title deserves better than this. We are bringing out new Tag-Team titles, new Women’s title, so we don’t have time for your title. I told them to put me on ‘Talking Smack.’ They were wondering why I wanted to be on ‘Talking Smack,’ and I said, ‘what do you mean why do I want to be on Talking Smack? It will be the ability to showcase what I can do so you can see exactly the abilities that I have and showcase my talent.’ I told them that it was going to break the internet if they put me on ‘Talking Smack,’ and they agreed to put me on the show. Then, when I went on there, Daniel Bryan and I kind of went off. I literally thought he was going to punch me, but he just walked off. Honestly, it was the best thing that could have happened because it allowed me to be center stage and just let off all of my frustration and everything that I was feeling at that moment, and I remember feeling inside my head reminding myself to not lose it. I then said, you know what, lose it. People tell me it was the best promo I had ever done, but here I was flubbing words because I was so mad.”

Former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal was recently interviewed by The Independent to share his thoughts on who should be in the Hall of Fame. Without hesitation, Mahal’s pick was the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith.

“[British Bulldog] had a great, storied career. From tagging with The Dynamite Kid to breaking out on his own, his career had a great evolution,” said Mahal. “He started in Stampede Wrestling in Calgary for Stu Hart and before that had been training in England before being brought in with Dynamite, and of course that classic, classic match against Bret Hart at Summerslam – that’s one of my all-time favorite matches. He’s just a great, great superstar in the history of WWE, so I don’t think it is a matter of if he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but when he’ll become a member.”

Mahal had a rather somber moment in Smith’s home country of the United Kingdom. He was the first-ever WWE Champion to lose the title there, losing to AJ Styles shortly before the 2017 Survivor Series. In contrast, British Bulldog experienced perhaps the biggest moment of his career, as he was able to defeat Bret Hart at Wembley Stadium in London at SummerSlam ’92 to win the Intercontinental Championship.

Despite losing the title in Manchester, Mahal gave much respect to Styles for dethroning him.

“It was the very first time in the history of WWE that the title had changed hands overseas. History was made that night and the match was probably one of the best I’ve ever had,” said Mahal. “I’ve said this before, but I feel that although I lost, I really won that night. The energy in the arena that night was amazing and AJ Styles really is phenomenal – the fans just love him. I think he might be the number one, top star in WWE in terms of fan reaction because everybody loves him.

“Everyone that night was genuinely so happy for him, so it was a little bit bittersweet for me. I was lay on my back on the mat with my eyes closed, listening to the reaction of the crowd and a couple of tears fell in the ring, of happiness as everyone was so pleased for him. It was a very cool moment and it was a moment I’ll never forget.”

Currently, Mahal is without a spot on the upcoming WWE Fastlane event, although he has set his sights on taking the United States Championship from Bobby Roode. Mahal also shared how grateful he is to be in the position he is now compared to when he was released.

“We are so blessed to be WWE superstars and sometimes I think that’s taken for granted; what we do, many, many people around the world wish they could do,” said Mahal. “I was even released by WWE but, fortunately, I was given a second opportunity and, after that, I was never going to take anything for granted. Every day is a blessing and an opportunity and it is up to you to take advantage of that.”

Source: The Independent