We were treated to a couple of surprises on Raw this past Monday night. With Survivor Series over and done with, we were always going to see a return to the in-house rivalries this week. WWE also decided to hit the reset button on a couple of other things too. First up, the women's division was well and truly shaken up as Paige returned and brought Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville along with her. Then we had the main event—Roman Reigns versus The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. It's one belt that The Big Dog never managed to get his hands on, until now. Reigns beat The Miz on Raw and we now have a new Intercontinental Champion, but what are some of the reasons why WWE decided to switch the belt at this point in time?
One of the reasons WWE have put the Intercontinental Title on Roman Reigns was directly explained to us during Raw this past Monday. He and the rest of The Shield gate crashed Miz TV and outlined that they all want championships. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose plan on winning back the Raw Tag Team Titles, so The Big Dog needed a solo project of his own. There was a time during The Shield's first run that all three men had titles. Roman and Rollins were the Tag Team Champions while Ambrose had an extended run with the United States Championship. That looks set to be the case again but with Roman as the single champion and the other two as Tag Champions.
We have arrived at that time of year once again where WWE goes into something of a lull. The last big show of the year has come and gone in Survivor Series and we have a couple of months before the road to WrestleMania truly begins. It usually means that part-time stars like John Cena and Brock Lesnar have disappeared again, so they need to have a big name such as Roman Reigns doing something important and pulling in viewers. It also means that WWE has less big names for Reigns to face. He battled Cena, he will probably face off against Lesnar at WrestleMania 34, so between now and then to generate interest he's having an Intercontinental Championship run.
Roman Reigns has done so much in such a short space of time in WWE. Despite only being on the main roster for five years The Big Dog already won the WWE Championship three times, headlined three WrestleManias, been the United States and Tag Team Champion, and also won a Royal Rumble. Clearly, that still wasn't enough for Roman or WWE and now he can add Intercontinental Champion to that already very impressive resume. Let's just hope that he doesn't treat it as nonchalantly as he did the US Title when he held that championship recently.
Roman's Intercontinental Title win on Raw didn't just make him an IC Champion. The landmark moment in The Hound of Justice's career also means he is now a Grand Slam Champion. To be credited with that prestigious accolade in current day WWE you need to have been a World, United States, Intercontinental, and Tag Team Champion. The white and gold belt was the last one that Roman needed to complete his collection. What's more is Reigns isn't the only man in The Shield to become a Grand Slam Champion. Dean Ambrose beat him to that milestone and now Seth Rollins is the only man in the trio not to do so. The only title he needs is Roman's Intercontinental Title. Interesting.
The Miz's latest reign with the Intercontinental Championship that came to an end on Monday night at the hands of Roman Reigns was a record-breaking one. Not only was The Awesome One enjoying his seventh spell with the coveted title, but he also surpassed a fair few big names when it comes to cumulative time as champion. Aside from Pedro Morales and Don Muraco, nobody spent more time with that championship than The Miz. There's a certain big record that The A-Lister is within touching distance of though. Seven reigns leaves The Miz in an impressive second place when it comes to who has won the IC belt the most, and the only man ahead of him is Chris Jericho with nine. Maybe WWE had him lose the title now so that they can have him become an eight-time champion sometime soon, and somehow someway Chris Jericho will be involved in The Miz breaking his long-standing record.
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