The Miz missed both Stomping Grounds and Extreme Rules, a bit of a strange scheduling quirk considering his work ethic and track record. As he tells Newsweek, however, he doesn’t mind that if he doesn’t have a match to go along with a story people are invested in:
The reality is Miz needed something of a reset considering the way he came out of his feud with Shane McMahon. He was more or less used to put McMahon over on his way to a program with Roman Reigns. He’s since moved on to Kevin Owens in a top feud on SmackDown.“I have a problem with being the center of attention. I don’t want to just be thrown in a cold match that no one cares about. What we are as WWE superstars are storytellers. If I’m not involved in a story that people are invested in, that people want to see, then no. You rather let people who are in-story to get the time that they need to tell that story. To be the people to steal the show.”
The Miz, meanwhile, is kicking up an old issue with Dolph Ziggler, himself in need of a reset after doing jobs to Owens to put him over for McMahon.
So it all works out!
Now they just need to make it a story fans can get invested in. Something tells me they’ll do just that and we’ll see them at SummerSlam.