The Miz def. Damien Mizdow to secure the rights to the ‘Miz brand’
There can only be one. And that one is The Miz. Dispatching Damien Mizdow to claim the rights to his own brand once and for all, The Miz ensured that his former stunt double had no further claim to The Awesome One’s identity. He had a little help from his “Marine 4” co-star, of course. Summer Rae, who has spent the last two weeks on Mizdow’s arm, threw her lot in with her fellow “Marine” and cost Mizdow what would have been the win that validated all his misery over the last few months. She raked Mizdow’s eyes after he hit Miz with every single one of his own moves, from the backbreaker/neckbreaker combo and the kneeling DDT. Miz rolled up the blinded Mizdow for the win that turned him back into Damien Sandow with three counts of the ref’s hand, but Randy Orton crashed his post-match celebration with the fourth RKO outta nowhere, sending Miz sprawling into the mat.
Following his abrupt defeat to Barrett, The Miz approached Mizdow and Summer backstage. And in the midst of a heated encounter, the former tag team partners agreed to face each other one-on-one at this Monday’s Raw in a Winner Takes The Miz’s Brand Match — right before the sultry Summer slapped the scowl off the cocky Miz’s Moneymaker.
Paige won the Divas Battle Royal to become the new No. 1 contender to the Divas Championship
And somebody’s not thrilled about that. You see, the finagling of the Divas division may have earned them all a fair shot (a chance, if you will) at becoming next in line for Nikki Bella’s title in a Battle Royal, but one Diva in particular wasn’t too happy when her seemingly preordained spot as the next woman up didn’t pan out. That’d be Naomi, who’s pinned the champion twice and went into the melee as the heavy favorite, only to get superkicked out of the ring by Paige in the nail-biting conclusion of the Battle Royal. She wasn’t happy. In fact, Naomi crashed Paige’s post-match interview, beating her down until a referee intervened to call her off.
Damien Mizdow def. The Miz
It was a long time coming, but Damien Mizdow finally found himself topping the bill just one week after suffering a humiliating loss to The Miz on Raw. Spurned on, no doubt, by his epic retaliation on SmackDown, Mizdow followed up with his long-awaited in-ring retribution against the former WWE Champion. He even had Summer Rae in his corner when he scored the fateful rollup that pinned Miz to the mat, plus a kiss on the cheek from The Awesome One’s “Marine 4” co-starlet to boot. Not bad for a stunt double.
Check out photos from WWE’s April 13, 2015, Live Event at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England, during WWE’s tour of Europe. Get an up-close look at Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Bray Wyatt and other Superstars, plus an action-packed battle pitting Roman Reigns against Big Show.
Check out photos from WWE’s April 11, 2015, Live Event at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. Matches include Neville vs. Finn Bálor, Damien Mizdow vs. The Miz and Roman Reigns vs. Big Show in a Street Fight.
See the photos of Sheamus and other Belfast brawlers as WWE’s European tour rolls into Northern Ireland.
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Check out exclusive photos of the action from WWE’s April, 2015 Live Event in Dublin, Ireland’s 3Arena. Matches include Finn Bálor vs. Neville, Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler & Erick Rowan vs. Bray Wyatt, Bad News Barrett & Sheamus, a Six-Diva Tag Team Match and Roman Reigns vs. Big Show in a Dublin Street Fight!
The Marine 4: Moving Target is out today on Digital HD. It will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD on April 21st.
HD Screen Captures of Summer as Rachel Dawes have been added to the gallery.
Is Raw’s Divas Battle Royal fair?
BY WWE.COM STAFF
The #GiveDivasAChance social media movement has sparked a lot of momentum for WWE’s Divas, but there is one competitor who may have gotten an unfair shake out of the popular hashtag. Over the last couple weeks, Naomi has proven to be a formidable challenger to Nikki Bella’s Divas Championship, pinning the titleholder on back-to-back episodes of Raw. So why isn’t the former Funkadactyl the No. 1 contender? And is a No. 1 Contender’s Divas Battle Royal on this Monday’s Raw really the fairest way to decide Nikki’s challenger?
There is no questioning the fact that the #GiveDivasAChance charge has helped propel WWE’s female athletes into a more prominent role. But are there certain members of the Divas division unfairly taking advantage of the social media firestorm?
On the April 6 Raw, Summer Rae, Alicia Fox, Cameron and Natalya stormed into Corporate Kane’s office, offering up the idea of a Divas Battle Royal to decide the No. 1 contender. WWE’s Director of Operations approved the plan, but did he take sufficient time to think the proposal through? And was he even in the right state of mind to make such a decision, considering everything else that was going on with Seth Rollins and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? In the past, after a person pinned the champion in a non-title situation, they have, more times than not, been considered a top contender to the titleholder. Should Naomi have been granted this same privilege?
Also, did Summer, Alicia, Cameron and The Queen of Harts purposely use #GiveDivasAChance to get Kane to make the Divas Battle Royal? And if so, is there anything wrong with that? You could argue that this is what the entire movement was about. Giving Divas an opportunity and seeing what they do with it.
There is an argument to be made that, if a competitor is destined to be champion, they will rise above whatever odds are thrown in front of him or her. Titles have been contested, time and time again, in the face of overwhelming odds — in Fatal 4-Way Matches, Steel Cage Matches and enough Battle Royals. Naomi has said that she will continue to prove herself until she wins the butterfly-emblazoned title. If she can overcome the rest of the Divas locker room and eventually Nikki Bella, her rise to glory will be that much sweeter.
Either way, Raw will be a monumental night for