Welcome to the third match in our WrestleMania 34 Debate Series. Today, we take a look at a Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental Championship between Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and your current champion, The Miz. Let’s dig in.
Dave Reno: I really can’t think of any negatives when it comes to this match. You have The Miz — a man who has really come alive on the stick over the past couple of years — against Seth Rollins, arguably the top wrestler in the company outside of AJ Styles, against Finn Balor, a man who has solidified himself as one of the most electric performers in wrestling over the past decade. What’s not to like?
While The Miz can’t outwrestle Rollins and Balor, he can certainly outsmart them. He isn’t on the cusp of breaking Pedro Morales’ record for most combined days as IC champ by accident. He isn’t just one more reign away from tying Chris Jericho because of his time as a reality superstar on MTV’s groundbreaking series The Real World. He’s The Miz — and he’s actually become pretty awesome of late. As I stated above, this guy has become an absolute delight anytime you put a microphone in his hand. And that’s half the battle when it comes to WWE. He’s someone who can help elevate talent by simply speaking their name. And even though Rollins and Balor will never need any help with that — these three make for a fun little trio — I could watch this episode of Miz TV just about every week. They work very well together, they all get it, and they all know how to keep the fans engaged.
This match has a little bit of everything. Sure, nothing will ever top Shawn versus Razor, but this certainly has the potential to become one of the best IC title matches in WrestleMania history. What are your thoughts Dan?
Dan Rose: Ok, while I agree in principle that there isn’t anything to knock about the talent in this match, my beef is with how often we’ve seen it already. Wrestlemania is supposed to be special, and this match signifies a very serious problem that the WWE has right now. It’s almost impossible to fill five hours of weekly live TV and still save things to have a unique feel to them for WM. I’m all for a nice build to the event, but I feel like we’ve given away the story, the matches, and the matchups already.
I love The Miz. The dude is an absolute A-lister. From the moment he tore into Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack, he’s just elevated himself to another level. I feel like he is deserving of being a world title contender, but he instead has in my opinion, truly made the IC Title relevant again.
I like Finn Balor. Like him, don’t love him. I liked him more when he was in NXT. He just seems like he’s a small player in a big pond in the WWE. Some of that is not his doing. He entered the WWE and was launched like a missile to the top. After his injury, in my mind, he’s been unable to capture that momentum again. The fans are still behind him, but he’s not at the same level as The Miz or Rollins and frankly, I don’t think he needed to be in this match.
Seth Rollins is a master. He’s among the most talented men on the WWE roster. I mean, I’ll never complain when he’s in the ring.
I don’t hate this match, in fact, I don’t even dislike it. If it sets up a future angle with The Miz and Daniel Bryan, my heart will melt and I’ll cry tears of WM joy. If these guys hadn’t have wrestled each other 20 times in some capacity in the past month, this would be a very highly anticipated match. As it is, I don’t think they’ll have anything short of a good match.
Reno: This was definitely less of a debate and more of a conversation. When you say that Balor is a small player on a big pond in WWE, I absolutely agree. I feel like the right move would be to move him, Gallows and Anderson over to SmackDown as part of a little ‘Superstar Shakeup’ after Mania. Rollins wins the title here and you probably save Miz and Bryan for a big SummerSlam match. Miz has done so much to elevate this title, now it’s time for Rollins to elevate it by having some great matches with some up and coming guys from NXT.
Stay tuned for part four of our WrestleMania 34 Debate Series when we re-write our thoughts on the United States Championship match with the recent addition of Rusev
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