The Miz cashed in the Money in the Bank contract at Elimination Chamber 2021 and defeated Drew McIntyre to become the WWE champion. The rumor mill suggests that Miz is going to drop the title soon enough to Bobby Lashley or Drew McIntyre, and those two guys will battle over the WWE championship at WrestleMania 37. The main reason why it’s so easy to believe the rumors is because, unlike Lashley and McIntyre, Miz has zero credibility as WWE champion right now.
One of the weakest WWE champions that I can recall is Jinder Mahal, a jobber who won the title from Randy Orton in May 2017. If that wasn’t crazy enough, Mahal went on to hold that title for almost six months, in a reign that included multiple pay-per-view (PPV) victories over Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura.
The decision to put the title on Mahal was completely baffling. He was a long-time jobber from his days in 3MB all the way until early 2017, when he became one of the very few wrestlers to lose against Cesaro in a singles match on PPV. Unlike The Miz, though, WWE actually began to push Jinder Mahal in the month leading up to his championship victory.
On the April 18, 2017 edition of SmackDown, Mahal won a 6-pack challenge to become the number one contender. That victory came out of nowhere. On May 2, Mahal defeated Sami Zayn in a singles match. On May 9, Mahal pinned Orton in a 6-man tag team match. One week later, Mahal defeated AJ Styles. Five days later, Mahal was the new WWE champion.
This shows that once WWE decided to push Mahal into the top spot, they spent about one month giving him wins, hoping it would be enough to erase years of terrible booking. It wasn’t, but at least they tried.
Now that The Miz is WWE champion, he has taken the mantle from Mahal as the weakest WWE champion ever, aside from Mr. McMahon in 1999. Miz has been a consistent loser on WWE television for much of the last year. According to the data at CageMatch, Miz has wrestled in 34 matches going back to May 2020, which is right after the time he and John Morrison dropped the SmackDown tag titles. His win-loss record since the start of May 2020 is 6-27-1.
One of those victories was the cash-in over McIntyre. Another one was the match against Otis at Hell in a Cell 2020, where he won the Money in the Bank contract thanks to Tucker’s betrayal. Three of the wins were handicap matches where Miz had the numbers in his favor. The remaining win came in a pre-show Battle Royal.
The losses include multiple handicap matches where Miz had the numbers in his favor, as well as opponents such as Gran Metalik, Damian Priest, Big E, Jeff Hardy, Kofi Kingston, Heavy Machinery, and Fun House Bray Wyatt. The record shows that unless Miz is wrestling in a handicap match with the numbers in his favor, his status is very similar to that of a jobber.
Unlike Mahal, WWE hasn’t remotely tried to present Miz as a credible champion, even though they’ve had some time to get there. After having Miz initially lose the Money in the Bank contract two months ago at TLC 2020, they eventually put it back on him. That was presumably the point when they realized that they might actually have him win the WWE championship. But Miz has not had a signature moment since then, prior to winning the WWE championship, that would suggest he is championship material.
One of the counter arguments to this criticism is that Miz is a cowardly heel, and cowardly heels don’t need to be booked strong. Not every heel needs to be a badass like Brock Lesnar, right? Sure, but this misses the bigger point that cowardly heels are very effective at using their tactics to somehow still pull out victories. As the record above shows, the Miz is not a very effective cowardly heel, because he loses all the time.
The Miz is so weak right now that it’s completely plausible to think that non-wrestler Bad Bunny has a legitimate chance to win the WWE championship from him, if WWE decided to pursue that direction. That’s not because Bad Bunny is a wrestling prodigy; it’s because Bad Bunny is feuding with The Miz right now, and it’s been established that nearly anybody can beat The Miz.
One of the reasons why WWE can make this decision is because their booking is idiot-proof for at least a few more years. WWE has something like 500+ million dollars coming in each year through their massive television contracts and the new Peacock deal. WWE is in the business of producing content. As long as they can churn out content, they have a ton of guaranteed money coming in for the next several years. That’s why WWE doesn’t need to prioritize putting on fights that people will actually buy. The end result is that Miz as the WWE champion for a few weeks won’t hurt the bottom line.
Unlike the case of Jinder Mahal, it doesn’t look like a six month reign lies ahead for The Miz. But this doesn’t change the fact that he’s arguably the weakest WWE champion of all time.