RICHMOND, Va. — Intercontinental Champion The Miz reigned supreme over Dolph Ziggler at Backlash in a showdown that was as much about these Superstars proving themselves as it was about the title.

For weeks leading up to this pay-per-view confrontation, the outspoken Miz complained that SmackDown LIVE wasn’t showing him the respect he deserved as champion, which was highlighted by his now-infamous war of words with SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack. For Ziggler, the contest against The A-Lister was about winning the “big match” when so many were questioning if he had what it took to stand at the top of the mountain.

WWE Network: Intercontinental Champion The Miz berates GM Daniel Bryan before defending his title: Backlash 2016

The Miz reminds Daniel Bryan that SmackDown LIVE needs him: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Their collective need to win instantly transformed into an intense back-and-forth contest, with Miz’s shoulder and Ziggler’s leg getting maimed in the process. Still, both Superstars fought through the pain and threw every weapon they had in their arsenals at each other. But in the height of the action, The Miz’s wife Maryse proved to be the deciding factor, as she sprayed an unidentified substance in The Showoff’s face, paving the way for The A-Lister to steal the victory with the Skull-Crushing Finale.

The Miz is the longest-reigning singles champion currently in WWE, but will his victory over The Showoff finally give him the respect he seeks? Find out on SmackDown LIVE this Tuesday at 8/7 C on USA Network.

RICHMOND, Va. — Intercontinental Champion The Miz reigned supreme over Dolph Ziggler at Backlash in a showdown that was as much about these Superstars proving themselves as it was about the title.

For weeks leading up to this pay-per-view confrontation, the outspoken Miz complained that SmackDown LIVE wasn’t showing him the respect he deserved as champion, which was highlighted by his now-infamous war of words with SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack. For Ziggler, the contest against The A-Lister was about winning the “big match” when so many were questioning if he had what it took to stand at the top of the mountain.

WWE Network: Intercontinental Champion The Miz berates GM Daniel Bryan before defending his title: Backlash 2016

The Miz reminds Daniel Bryan that SmackDown LIVE needs him: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Their collective need to win instantly transformed into an intense back-and-forth contest, with Miz’s shoulder and Ziggler’s leg getting maimed in the process. Still, both Superstars fought through the pain and threw every weapon they had in their arsenals at each other. But in the height of the action, The Miz’s wife Maryse proved to be the deciding factor, as she sprayed an unidentified substance in The Showoff’s face, paving the way for The A-Lister to steal the victory with the Skull-Crushing Finale.

The Miz is the longest-reigning singles champion currently in WWE, but will his victory over The Showoff finally give him the respect he seeks? Find out on SmackDown LIVE this Tuesday at 8/7 C on USA Network.