The Miz claims WWE Triple Crown: Is he 'Awesome' again?
When The Miz beat Christian to capture the Intercontinental Championship on Raw’s historic 1,000th episode, he joined an elite group of Superstars who can claim the coveted WWE Triple Crown — which includes winning the Intercontinental, WWE and World or WWE Tag Team Championships. He was given the opportunity to compete on Raw 1,000 thanks to a RawActive vote from the WWE Universe ( FULL STORY).
The Triple Crown status highlights Miz’s impressive championship resume, which now includes: Intercontinental Champion, WWE Champion, WWE Tag Team Champion (three times), World Tag Team Champion (two times) and U.S. Champion (two times).
The Raw 1,000 win was a welcome momentum shift for the Superstar who had not held a title since May 1, 2011. As a new era dawns on Raw, is Miz poised to be the “Awesome One” once again? Take a look back at the victories that have earned him his elite, WWE Triple Crown status.
Miz's Tag Team Championships
During Miz’s beginnings in WWE, he forged a strong bond with John Morrison. The duo talked up themselves as the greatest tag team of the 21st century. Together with Morrison, Miz captured his first title in WWE when the two defeated Matt Hardy & MVP on the Nov. 16, 2007, edition of SmackDown, winning the WWE Tag Team Championship. Their first reign lasted until July 20, 2008, when they were unseated by Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder.
Miz and Morrison struck gold again on Dec. 13, 2008, by defeating CM Punk & Kofi Kingston at a WWE live event in Hamilton, Ontario, to capture the World Tag Team Championship. They held the titles until Apr. 5, 2009, when they were beaten by Carlito & Primo.
In his final tag team run, Miz paired with Big Show to unseat D-Generation X for the Unified Tag Team Championship on the Feb. 8, 2010 edition of Raw. Two months later, they were beaten by David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd on Apr. 26, 2010.
Miz cashes in to become WWE Champion
Although Randy Orton had successfully defended his title against Wade Barrett at Survivor Series 2010 and again the next night on Raw, The Nexus decided to make him pay with a savage beating. Then, like a shark sensing blood in the water, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on the vulnerable Viper to claim the WWE Championship.
The "Awesome One" held the prestigious title until he lost it to John Cena in a high-risk Triple Threat Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules 2011. ( PHOTOS)
Miz’s first Intercontinental Championship
Serving as guest ring announcer for the Intercontinental Title Match at Raw 1,000, Bret "Hit Man" Hart told the WWE Universe that one of the greatest moments of his career was when he defeated Mr. Perfect for the Intercontinental Championship. Next, The Excellence of Execution introduced Christian and his mystery opponent, The Miz. (PHOTOS | RAW 1,000 COVERAGE)
Christian threw caution to the wind early in the matchup by leaping onto Miz from the top turnbuckle with a flying crossbody. The daring maneuver took its toll on the Intercontinental Champion, however, as he landed hard on his knee. The Awesome One then targeted Christian's weakened joint while on the arena floor and slammed him into the steel ring steps.
Next, Christian borrowed a page out of his former tag team partner Edge's book by attempting a Spear, but found himself on the receiving end of a vicious DDT. Miz kept up the attack and stunned Captain Charisma with a Skull-Crushing Finale for the victory. With the win, Miz became the 21st Triple Crown Champion in WWE history. (PHOTOS: TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS)
What is next from Miz as Raw enters a new era of three-hour shows every Monday night? Will he finish out 2012 in "awesome" style? Who will be next to challenge him for his title? Sound off now below and on Tout.