The Miz Wanted Huge Match With The Ultimate Warrior
The Miz had an interesting idea that would’ve seen him live his childhood dream and face The Ultimate Warrior.
Warrior was The Miz’s favorite wrestler growing up. He would paint his face and wear attire similar to Warriors and run around screaming that he was his childhood hero. And many years later, Miz actually tried to get WWE to approve his version of Kevin Owens vs. Steve Austin.
Speaking on TikTok, Miz explained that he had an idea in mind that would see him defend the Intercontinental Championship against everyone, leading up to a surprise return of The Ultimate Warrior.
“This is actually an idea I had [that] I really, really, really wanted to do, but I just couldn’t make it happen. So I was Intercontinental champion, I wanted to make the title relevant and prestigious. I wanted to defeat every former Intercontinental Champion because I wanted to be known as the best Intercontinental Champion, and I thought there would be some pretty great matches.
So we time progressed, I was noticing that I’d beaten a lot of the Intercontinental Champions, and WrestleMania was coming up.
So I had this idea where I wanted a gauntlet lumberjack match, and the reason I wanted it to be a gauntlet lumberjack match was because the entrances would have been too long, and it would have taken up too much time to do a traditional gauntlet.
So everyone in the gauntlet would be by ringside as a lumberjack, and it would be four different former Intercontinental Champions, and one in the ring. I would have to go through a gauntlet match, defeating all of them.
I would do that successfully, say WrestleMania, and in the end, when I defeated the last person in that gauntlet lumberjack match, what would happen? Ultimate Warrior’s music would hit, and he would be the last person in the gauntlet match.
He would run down, hit me with three clotheslines, do a splash, and one-two-three, and beat me for the Intercontinental Championship. I thought that would have been really, really cool. But it never got to happen.”
Miz has been WWE Intercontinental Champion eight times but didn’t have a long reign (i.e. one over 100 days) until 2016 and he wasn’t IC Champion going into WrestleMania until 2018.
As for Warrior, he stopped wrestling regularly in 1996 and only had three matches thereafter, two in 1998 and one in 2008. Tragically, he passed away after suffering a heart attack the day after appearing on the RAW after WrestleMania XXX.
h/t WrestleZone for the transcription