The WWE Intercontinental Championship is steeped in history, having been held by many of the industry’s greatest competitors. Tonight saw one current WWE Superstar climb to the second most prolific Champion in the belts history, as The Miz captured his seventh Championship during Extreme Rules.
Taking on Dean Ambrose, the match required Dean Ambrose to avoid disqualification – or he’d face losing his belt. The match opened the event, with the Miz acting as challenger to Dean Ambrose.
This victory puts Miz just behind Chris Jericho in the overall standings for the Championship. Given how often Miz has held the Championship, we certainly wouldn’t bet against the former WWE Champion catching up with that record at some point.
An interesting sidenote to this as well, Miz was the man who passed the Championship to Dean Ambrose back on Smackdown Live many months ago, I
I’m over the moon about this. Miz held the Championship for much of 2016, helping to bring some much-needed prestige to the belt. His run elevated the belt to a position of importance, while also getting Miz over at the same time. He ultimately lost it to Dolph Ziggler at the Smackdown Live exclusive pay per view No Mercy.
I feel that the belt is hugely important on Monday nights, where the lack of a main event Championship means that he midcard title has to be seen as a real prize. Dean Ambrose just wasn’t bringing it for my money, and so the switch was needed. I have no idea what WWE has planned for Dean Ambrose moving forward, but given how popular he remains – there’s every chance he could find his way back to the top of the card.
What did you think? Are you happy The Miz won at Extreme Rules? Do you think Dean was a good Champion?