The Miz has been one of WWE's most entertaining characters in recent months, and it's time he was put back into the hunt for top titles.
Back when The Miz was a staple of the WWE title picture, he was winning over fans with his scathing promos and dirty tactics.
As time went on, management noticed the crowd was cheering for him and decided to turn him babyface. While he was popular for a time, the change watered down his character and made him a lot less interesting.
It's hard to believe it's been almost six years since he and John Cena fought in the main event of WrestleMania 27.
Unfortunately, that was also the last time The Miz was a serious contender for the WWE Championship. He spent several years making movies for WWE Studios and fighting in midcard feuds, but he always made sure he was memorable.
It was the night after WrestleMania 32 when things started to turn around for The Awesome One. He won the Intercontinental Championship from Zack Ryder, and his wife joined him as his manager.
Maryse seemed to bring a renewed energy to The Miz's character. They say a person's happiness will affect their job performance, and having his wife by his side has clearly made a positive impact.
His reign as IC champ not only put him back into the spotlight, but his enthusiasm helped make the title look important again.
His matches with Dolph Ziggler in the latter half of 2016 were often more exciting than the battles being waged over the WWE title, and the storyline elevated both Superstars at the same time.
While his work in the ring was at its best, it was his work on the mic that got people talking, and it all started on the August 23 episode of Talking Smack.
The SmackDown post-show was still in its infancy and needed something to make people pay attention. This is where The Miz came in. He unleashed a verbal assault against Daniel Bryan unlike anything we had seen from him before.
It made people pay attention to him again, and he has continued to make Talking Smack must-see television with each subsequent appearance.
The Miz mixed reality into his promos by talking about how he never takes time off because of an injury and how he had to fight from the bottom to get where he is today.
He has continued to grow in the months since losing the IC title to Dean Ambrose, and he looks poised to make 2017 the year he gets back into the WWE title hunt.
The championship is tied up through WrestleMania, but once the program between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt has ended, The Miz needs to be the next contender in line.
He is one of the most consistently entertaining performers on the SmackDown roster, and with the level of heat he gets, no other heel can touch him.
He is a proven commodity and a talented performer with a journey more interesting than most who step into the ring.
At a time when new talents are flooding into WWE, the company needs veterans who can make sure the next generation can carry the torch. He can be one of those people.
The Miz isn't just right for the WWE title. He deserves it after all the hard work he has put in over the years.
Read more Pro Wrestling news on BleacherReport.com