April 7, 2013
East Rutherford, NJ
The preshow Intercontinental Championship match is billed as the smash mouth style of the brawler and current champion, Wade Barrett, against the showman and entertainer, The Miz.
The Miz’s face gimmick never really worked. People hated him from the word go because of his background in reality TV, his attitude, and his general natural heelishness. Barrett controls much of the early going until The Miz finds a way to lock Barrett in the figure four leglock, as taught to him by his new face mentor, Ric Flair. After Barrett finds the rope to escape, it isn’t long before Barrett hits Miz with Wasteland, but he can only get a two count.
As Barrett heads back to continue the beating, The Miz scores a takedown from the mat and quickly locks on the figure four once more. Quickly, Barrett taps, and The Miz makes The Nature Boy proud by recapturing the Intercontinental Championship.
It’s not a bad for a preshow match, but doesn’t exactly carry the weight one would like from a WrestleMania IC title match.