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How the Miz is quietly equaling Chris Jericho

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Let me disclaimer myself right off the bat: The Miz is not Chris Jericho. Jericho is an icon all over the world and has been for 20+ years. The Miz has been a workhorse for WWE and only WWE for 10+ years. For this comparison to even be fair, we have to limit the conversation to just WWE in-ring accomplishments so that’s what I’m going to do. And when you do that, it’s frighteningly similar.

Let’s go with the thing the Miz touted as his major accomplishment until his laser focus on the Intercontinental Title: main eventing WrestleMania. Successfully defending the WWE title on the grandest stage of them all against John Cena is substantial especially with Cena being very popular at the time. Chris Jericho main evented WrestleMania X8 where he defended the undisputed WWF championship against HHH. He lost. For the purposes of this discussion, wins and losses matter.

Advantage: Miz

Now, the aforementioned Intercontinental Title. Chris Jericho holds the record as the 9 time Intercontinental Champion. The Miz is next at 8 times. Jericho, however, has held the title a total of 332 days while the Miz, at the time of this writing, has held it for a total of 585 days. So do we value more reigns or length of holding the belt higher?
If the difference in time was closer, I would be tempted to say 9 is more than 8, advantage Jericho. But 250+ days is too much to ignore but only enough to make them equal.

Advantage: Push

Next, let’s talk world championship reigns. Yes, I am including the World Championship for this. With that, this isn’t even close. The Miz has 1. Jericho has 4, combining the Undisputed championship with the WWE version of the World Championship created in 2003.

Advantage: Chris Jericho

The Miz and Chris Jericho are better known for their singles work but both have been multiple time tag team champions. Between all of the different iterations of tag team titles, Jericho has 5: Chris Benoit, The Rock, Christian, Edge, and The Big Show. The Miz also has 5: John Morrison twice, Big Show, John Cena, and Damien Mizdow. Jericho has a combined 267 days as tag team champion. Surprisingly, the Miz is better at working with people longer as he has 477 combined days. Miz has more days as tag champion with John Morrison (363) than Jericho has total. When the reigns are tied, we go to the time.

Advantage: Miz

I don’t know a better way to do this part other than “other secondary titles”, no disrespect intended. Jericho has been European Champion once, United States Champion twice, and I’ll even include the one Hardcore Championship. The Miz has been United States Champion twice but if there’s any trend that’s become apparent, when the Miz gets a title, he holds it for a LONG time. Both reigns combined, he held the US Title for 321 days. All four reigns of Chris Jericho’s reigns add up to 87 (counting the hardcore title as a full day, which it wasn’t). Perhaps I’m giving too much grace to Chris Jericho here but I’m using the logic of, “Well, at least he held it.” for the 2 combined days of holding the European Championship and the Hardcore championship but, again, I can’t ignore the time difference.

Advantage: Push

Now, could the Miz make a surprise appearance in NJPW and have it matter anywhere close to Jericho? Absolutely not. The Miz’s debut was the host of the Divas’ search. Jericho had a countdown timer and then cut a promo against The Rock.

Icon level: Advantage Jericho without question

If you want to talk about cornerstones of an era, I think an argument could be made that Jericho belongs in the same conversation as Stone Cold, The Rock, and HHH as the foundation pieces of the Attitude Era.

There is something that cannot be denied here though: WWE routinely has put Jericho and The Miz on TV, in positions to succeed. Jericho is a legend, not just in WWE, but in all of professional wrestling. He’s on my Mount Rushmore. Will we ever say the same about The Miz? I honestly doubt it but numbers don’t lie. By the numbers, The Miz is equal to or has surpassed Chris Jericho in almost every available championship category.

That’s awesome.

Stats pulled from Cagematch

Alex Mihailoff is a WWE fan who loves a good storyline and overanalyzing the WWE. He doesn’t know everything but will readily give his opinion on anything.

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