Wade Barrett (c) vs. The Miz
The Miz has held almost every title the WWE currently sanctions. Wade Barrett has been at the forefront of one of the company's biggest angles of the last half-decade, and is the current Intercontinental Champion. After numerous rumors about what the company would have two of what it seems to consider future main eventers do on "The Grandest Stage of All" this year, the two have settled into a program with each other.
The Road to WrestleMania 29
Their issues began during a triple threat match for the strap, when the Brit faced off against the former reality star and nine-time Intercontinental Champ Chris Jericho. Miz seemed poised to win a thrilling match after landing the skull crushing finale on Y2J, but Barrett swooped in to steal the pin and retain:
That wasn't enough for the man who calls himself The Barrett Barrage, however. After a victory over R-Truth on Main Event, the titleholder couldn't resist the chance to taunt Miz while he was serving in his role as color commentator on the Wednesday night show:
The Awesome one had a retort on that Friday's Smackdown. Following his submission victory over United States Champion Antonio Cesaro, he glared at Barrett who was sitting at ringside providing his own commentary. It seemed certain that he was sending a message that he was coming for the white and gold belt:
On Raw two weeks before the show in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Miz made the match official after he forced the bare-knuckled brawler to tap out following a figure-four leg lock:
What's at Stake?
The original secondary belt of the McMahon family promotion, with an over thirty year history of being worn by many of the greats in the company.
Both of these men have been given a taste of the highest heights in pro wrestling, but for various reasons failed to remain there. A victory and/or a good showing tomorrow night could go a long way toward determining if they are headed back to the main event or destined to remain around the middle of the WWE pack.
Who walks out of MetLife Stadium with the prestigious Intercontinental belt wrapped around his waist? And can either man overcome the burden of expectations to finally break through regardless of the outcome? Find out at WrestleMania 29 and in coverage right here at Cageside Seats!