The Miz & Damien Mizdow retained the WWE Tag Team Championships by disqualification at WWE TLC, when Miz hit one of the challengers with his stunt double’s Slammy Award.
Days after the WWE Universe named Jimmy & Jey Uso the Tag Team of the Year at the 2014Slammy Awards, they hoped to reinforce their placement at the top of by reclaiming the WWE Tag Team Championship. But Miz and his stunt double Mizdow used distractions, mind games and an award to escape Cleveland with the gold still in their grasps.
Miz and Jey kicked off the title showdown inside Quicken Loans Arena by trading and reversing roll-up pinfall attempts — while Mizdow reenacted on the ring apron. When Jimmy entered the bout, though, the time for laughter was over. Steaming over Miz’s suspicious attempts to put his wife Naomi in touch with his Hollywood agent, Jimmy set out to beat a lesson into the self-proclaimed “A-lister”. After a spear and a series of hard shots. Jimmy and his twin brother followed with up a delayed double-team vertical suplex, holding Miz upside down in the air for more than a minute, which Mizdow comically tried to replicate in the corner rather than helping Miz.
Former WWE Champion Miz used his wits to get momentum back on his team’s side, though, recovering from The Usos’ dives and athleticism with devastating kicks to the face and a sudden DDT on Jey. With The Usos reeling, the WWE Universe in Cleveland, the hometown Miz renounced earlier this year, chanted “We want Mizdow!” The distraction allowed Jey to recover and tag his brother Jimmy back into the match.
Jimmy flipped the momentum with a Samoan drop, and after he locked Miz in a submission hold of his own after powering out of the Figure-Four. It seemed The Usos would recapture the gold at WWE TLC.
When Jimmy climbed the top rope to punctuate the victory with a big splash, though, Miz crawled out of the ring and he and Mizdow headed for the exit. The Usos dove on Mizdow in an attempt to keep the champions from fleeing, but Miz smacked one of the twins with a Slammy Award, warranting a disqualification loss and ensuring he and his stunt double would leave Cleveland as champions by a technicality.
Lawler introduces this year’s Slammys host Seth Green and out he comes. Seth says the Slammys aren’t pre-determined like other award shows because the fans control these awards on the WWE App. Green is interrupted by WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz and Damien Sandow. Sandow gets a big pop when he appears. Miz puts himself over to Green. Green says he does see an A-lister but it’s not The Miz, it’s Sandow. The crowd pops again. Green says Sandow is awesome. Miz wants to move on and introduce the This Is Awesome Moment of the Year Slammy. We go back to the announcers and Cole tells us that voting is open on the WWE App.
Later on, we come back and Adam Rose reveals that the LOL Moment of the Year goes to Damien Sandow for his performances as The Miz’s stunt double. The Miz and Sandow make their way out. Sandow goes to speak but Miz nudges him out of the way and fans boo. The Miz takes full credit and walks away with the award.
Back from the break and out come The Usos. Seth Green is on commentary. Ryback is out next to a big pop. Kane is out next followed by WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz and Damien Sandow.
Kane starts off with Ryback and they go at it. We take a break mid-match and come back to The Miz in control of one of The Usos. Miz shows off and taunts the other Uso, connecting with a cheap shot. Ryback ends up getting the win for his team by pinning The Miz.
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Looking to get inside his opponent’s head, Miz taunted Jimmy Uso about helping his wife, Naomi, further her career. Physically and mentally, Miz was in control for most of the match. But Jimmy rallied back, punishing Miz with a series of brutal moves. With Miz laying battered on the canvas, his stunt double, Damien Mizdow, did the same. Seizing the moment, Jey Uso joined his brother for a double splash for the win. Is it a sign of things to come when the teams clash again for theTag Titles at TLC on Dec. 14?
His titles may be stunt ones, but Damien Mizdow has a very real victory to his name as a Tag Team Champion over one of the men he defeated to win the precious titles in the first place: Fernando of Los Matadores. Impressively, he did so with the “move Miz made famous,” reversing Fernando’s sunset flip into a Figure-Four Leglock. More impressively, he did so despite Jimmy Uso threatening severe bodily harm to The Miz himself, having misconstrued Miz’s offer of talent representation to his wife, Naomi, earlier in the night. Moments after Mizdow’s victory, Uso strolled right up to The Awesome One at commentary and clobbered him square across the Moneymaker, leaving Miz in a mix of shock and pain and Mizdow in an imitation thereof.