There was a lot to love on SmackDown 1000.
The surprise renewal of Truth TV, including a “Dance Break” with the McMahon family. A didnt-realize-how-much-I-wanted-it tag mag match between AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan and The Usos. A happy, healthy Ric Flair, a killer Dave Bautista promo and Randy Orton’s sheer glee at the prospect of two of his former stable mates throwing down. Edge with long hair, and The Champ loving herself too much to hear his cautionary tale. Another great New Day/Bar match with another inexplicable Big Show turn. Rey Mysterio on WWE television.
Somewhere in all that, Miz got a few seconds to be entertaining. And Miz is a man who knows how to maximize whatever he gets, whether it be two minutes at Super Show-Down or one minute on SmackDown 1000. In his qualifying match for the World Cup To Determine The Best In The World™, even in victory the A-Lister was essentially an extra in the ongoing Rusev Day break-up drama.
How did he break through and make an impression?
He even connects (ever so slightly), but that’s not the point.
The point is that in a scene that’s not about him, at the end of a match that was barely about him, on a show that was all about supposedly bigger stars, that’s one of the moments I and at least a few others remember.
Awesome. And worth a high five!