At WrestleMania 34, an all-out free-for-all will decide who has the right to call himself Intercontinental Champion when The Miz puts his illustrious title on the line against Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor.
Despite his defeat in the Elimination Chamber Match, The Miz returned to the Feb. 26 edition of Monday Night Raw with new life and demanded to know his opponent at The Showcase of the Immortals. Instead of receiving a direct answer, though, The A-Lister ended up competing in a one-on-one showdown against Rollins in a match that Raw General Manager Kurt Angle indicated “might” help decide who Miz would face at WrestleMania. Moments after The Architect proved himself worthy with a non-title victory over the champion, Bálor suddenly stepped onto the stage to seize the spotlight and soon picked up a win of his own over Miz.
The following week, Miz answered back by mocking Rollins and Bálor in the Third Non-Annual Mizzies, causing The Kingslayer and The Extraordinary Man to form an unlikely tandem for a Handicap Match against the Intercontinental Champion and his Miztourage. When an incensed A-Lister confronted Angle after the matchup, The Olympic Hero made the monumental decision to put the champion into a showdown against both competitors on Sunday, April 8, in New Orleans.
Whether it be by way of his jaw-dropping display inside the Elimination Chamber or through his marathon-man performance in a grueling Gauntlet Match the week prior, Rollins has been on an absolute mission to reclaim the spotlight as “The Man.” Meanwhile, the always exciting Bálor stands as the first-ever Universal Champion, and given that he was never beaten for that title, The Extraordinary Man has been looking to reclaim a throne of his own for some time now.
Desire does not necessarily equal victory, though, especially at the biggest show of the year. No matter whether you like him or loathe him, there is no denying Miz’s ability to come out on top in any scenario. On the night the Triple Threat Match was made, The A-Lister was a mere 55 days away from having the longest cumulative run as Intercontinental Champion of all time.