As of this writing Pedro Morales holds the record of longest accumulative time as Intercontinental Champion. Morales’ 2 reigns as champion earned him an impressive accumulated reign of 619 days. This record has stood for over 34 years and while it may be impressive, it also must end. In WWE, records are almost always made to be broken. John Cena is on his way to break Ric Flair’s record, Roman Reigns broke Kane’s royal rumble record and the New Day broke Demolition’s record, with many more being born only to finally become a career highlight for a future superstar in the annals of WWE history. Choosing who breaks these records is an important decision and to take them lightly is, consequently, plain disrespectful. There is – as of this writing – only one man to break Morales’ record and that man is The Miz.
Currently in his 7th reign, The Miz could break Morales’ reign by the end of 2017. That would be a fantastic choice to make and will do wonders for The Miz in the history of WWE. As an alternative WWE could even have the Miz tie or bet Chris Jericho’s record of most ever Intercontinental Championships. However it is Morales’ record that will be the better and more natural for this time. The Miz has proved countless doubters and haters wrong and breaking this record will continue that trend.
What the Miz has done over the past year and a half is astounding. Since Maryse returned to his side following Wrestlemania 32 he is having the best year and a half of his career. He held the Intercontinental championship with pride from the night he won it until the brand split where stuff really took off. The Miz was once – 6 years ago – branded one of the worst WWE Champions of all time. Now in 2017 he is without argument one of the best Intercontinental Champions of all time. As well as that he has morphed into one of WWE’s most talented all-round superstars today.
This is one of the main reasons he deserves to destroy Morales’ record. The simple fact is The Miz as the Intercontinental Champion fits. When people think of The Miz in 15 years they will think Intercontinental Champion, not the Wrestlemania 27 main eventer. Undoubtedly the greatest Intercontinental Champion of the last 10 years, The Miz took a title which had been dragged through the mud by poor booking, a lack of creativity, terrible feuds and unmemorable reigns and made it prominent prestigious as it was less than 2 decades ago.
It is the presence of the Miz and the way he treats the Intercontinental Championship which makes it feel special. The way he talks about the title and the way he presents it on social media on TV is fantastic. The Miz makes himself look like a champion and makes his championship feel special. In his promos and in his segments The Miz makes himself and his championship the centrepiece. Many a time in the past 18 months has The Miz’s Championship felt like the most prestigious. This is even over the world championships, and most of that has to do with The Miz.