The Miz and R-Truth; The Heels We’ve Needed
(below is my first column up over at WrestlingNewsSource.com. I figured with all the time I spend following the WWE I might as well do something good with it. so if you like wrestling, or my writing, enjoy)
Just over three months ago everybody got on board with the idea of “change” in the WWE the moment CM Punk sat Indian style and delivered one of the best endings to Raw in the past decade. But really the cry for change has been long in the works. Change was needed in many places, and one of the areas was the heel character. Despite the heel perception built up for some, it was still hard to just fully buy into any of them as a straight up villain.
CM Punk would have been the perfect answer to being the heel to raise the bar, much like Triple H did in the early 2000’s, but the moment he spoke up all the old school WWE fans woke up and started letting their voice be heard. Finally the old fans had their face to battle with the children’s face; John Cena.
There was truthfully a need for a bad guy. Sure you can mention Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett or Dolph Ziggler, among others, but the problem with them is they’re like the push over heels. More often they run than try being that credible bad guy.
So who do we turn to? That’s easy; The Miz and R-Truth.
Sure, they aren’t the “big and nasty” heels that some may envision. Mark Henry clearly possesses that side to it. But they needed guys who were going to be edgy, guys who were going to make you hate them. They needed something incredibly despicable. And now they have it.
Yes, these two are crazy, and maybe even argue too crazy. But it’s different. Back in the later part of the spring it was getting a bit tiring when it felt like the ultimate ending would always be John Cena or Randy Orton standing tall, each with a World championship in hand. The good guys were winning too much, and no matter what it is, a bad guy is always needed.
Now the bad guys are in place, we fully get who the real enemies are. The Miz and R-Truth have everything that is needed to create the proper villains for the WWE, and they’re already doing it, whether it’s on the actual show, on Twitter or even on YouTube. That may be what really adds the coolest element to this story, because for the first time we’re seeing the characters outside of the show.
They’ve brought chaos to the WWE, and while watching closely on Sunday night at Hell in a Cell, as Miz and Truth were locked in the cage raising complete hell, it was easy to see that THOSE are the bad guys this company needs. Just look at the reaction.
Maybe all along we just needed a little crazy.