The Miz has been served with an official warning by "he who must be obeyed", Vince McMahon's son-in-law Triple H. Photo via upload.wikimedia.org.
In an update to my story about how The Miz had backstage heat for failing to protect R-Truth on a flip dive on Monday's Raw, it seems that the anger directed toward him was not solely from his fellow wrestlers, but also WWE management too. According to Dave Meltzer in his latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Triple H, the son-in-law of Vince McMahon who is taking a much more hands on role of late in dealing with talent relations, gave Miz an official dressing down after the match was over:
HHH gave Miz a tongue lashing backstage about not catching him. Miz was a big favorite of management a year ago because his notoriety was such from "Real World" that they got so much publicity when he won the title that nobody else in the company could have gotten. But the feeling now is that he's regressed, both in the ring and on promos. Certainly, he's booked a lot lower than a year ago but the feeling is when he was in the same position before he was hungry and forced them to make him a headliner. Now, he's mid-card and he's doing no such thing, and this mess up can't have helped him.
Mike Aldren of the Wrestling Globe Newsletter, who could have been talking about Triple H or another top star with pull, also alleged that: "one person specifically used the opportunity to politic and bury Miz for the botch," a scenario I fully expected given that the exact same thing happened when the soon to be fired Mr. Kennedy, now TNA's Mr. Anderson, botched a back suplex on Randy Orton's previously injured shoulder in May 2009.
Hopefully, The Miz responds better to Hunter's "pep talk" than Evan Bourne, who promptly got suspended for 60 days after his second WWE Wellness policy violation shortly after he was confronted by "The Cerebral Assassin" for his outspoken reaction to his first suspension for smoking Spice, apparently with R-Truth, whose suspension was delayed until after he had performed in the main event of Survivor Series. Both Miz and Bourne have a major uphill battle to get back in management's good books after their recent lapses of judgement. We'll see if they can turn things round or if this marks a definitive negative turning point in both their WWE careers.