The Miz and Damien Sandow are backstage with the Miz complaining about how his jacket was packed as there’s lint on it. Miz mentions that he needs to win the Andrew the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and Sandow’s excitement finally gets the better of him and he cuts in to thank Miz.
He goes ont to explain that ever since the Miz fired him from his stunt double job he’s been received phone calls from agents with all sorts of offers for him. After a tense pause the Miz orders Sandow back to lint rolling his jacket and an exasperated Sandow slowly complies. As the camera starts to pull away Miz shoots Sandow one last annoyed look clearly not happy about these new offers.
Fastlane Kickoff Pre-show
The Miz makes his way to the ring with Mizdow, who gets a pop from the crowd to the agitation of Miz. They hit the ring and Miz get booed while Sandow keeps gets cheered. Angirly Miz asks Mizdow what he thinks he’s doing and fans start chanting “we want Mizdow.” Miz ignores them to say that this part of the ring is for Superstars and guests, and personal assistants sit in the corner.
Miz orders Mizdow to sit in the corner of the ring and after a slight hesitation Mizdow does exactly that. The Miz then welcomes us to MizTV and gets booed for it. He says his guest will be paying attention to Reigns vs. Bryan tonight and brings out Paul Heyman to a pop. Miz asks if Brock Lesnar will be here tonight and Heyman announces that he will not and goes on to talk about both Roman and Bryan before he stops himself to ask Miz if Mizdow is with him. He lets the Miz know he’s uncomfortable with how Mizdow is staring at him.
Miz responds to this by yelling at Mizdow and tells him if he wants to act like a child he will treat him like a child before demanding that he face the crowd and sit back down. Mizdow looks to stand up for himself before finally backing down and does as instructed and Miz turns his attention back to the Heyman interview while Mizdow spends the rest of the interview silent and in his corner.
Digitals | Screencaps
WWE Tag Team Title Match: Damien Sandow and The Miz vs. The Usos
We go to the ring and out comes The Miz and Damien Sandow. There’s a huge pop for Sandow. WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos are out next.
More boos for Miz and big cheers for Sandow before the bell. Miz starts off with Jey Uso and is worried too much about the crowd. Uso fights back with big chops. Miz comes with knees but Jimmy Uso tags himself in and comes off the top onto Miz for a 2 count. Uso works Miz over in the corner now. Miz turns it around and hits the running clothesline in the corner. Miz goes to the top but Uso knocks him down. Sandow climb to the other corner and plays the role of the stunt double as fans cheer. Uso decks Miz and climbs up. Miz shoves him to the mat but Uso decks Miz as he comes off the top. Sandow gets another big pop for playing the stunt double role. Jimmy gets sent face first into the second rope and goes down. Fans chant for Sandow while Miz stomps on Uso.
Miz keeps Uso grounded and teases a tag to Sandow but fans boo when he won’t make it. Miz hits a neckbreaker but Uso blocks the backbreaker. Uso misses a Samoan Drop and Miz drops him with a backbreaker for a 2 count. Miz teases a tag to Sandow and the crowd goes nuts. Miz changes his mind and fans boo. Miz takes a big kick to the head from Uso. Uso with more offense and a Samoan Drop and the Rikishi splash in the corner. Sandow comes in but Uso sends him to the floor. Miz and Uso trade pin attempts. Miz nails a huge DDT for a close 2 count. A chant breaks out for Sandow. Uso avoids the Figure Four. Uso ends up nailing a big kick to the face at hat ends Miz to the floor. Uso runs the ropes but Miz jumps on the apron and stops him. Jimmy comes running but Miz puts Sandow in between them. Another Uso comes flying and everyone is down on the floor. They come back in and Jey misses a splash as Miz moves. Miz nails Skull Crushing Finale for another close 2 count. Miz works over Uso as fans chant for Sandow. Miz runs into a big superkick. Uso goes to the top and nails the big splash but Sandow breaks the pin at 2. Jey runs in and Sandow moves, causing Jey to hit the ring post. Sandow hits a Skull Crushing Finale on Uso but Miz is still dazed. Miz crawls over but Uso kicks out just in time. Miz takes Uso up for a superplex but Uso headbutts him to the mat. Sandow runs up but takes a kick on the apron. Miz takes advantage and runs back up for a superplex but it’s blocked again. Jimmy tags himself in and superkicks Miz into a top rope powerbomb from Jey. Jimmy nails a splash from the top for the win.
Winners: The Usos
After the match, The Usos celebrate as Sandow plays the stunt double role at ringside with The Miz on the ground.
The Royal Rumble
The next man out is Damien Sandow to a big pop. Sandow makes it to the ring but The Miz run down and stops him. Miz orders Sandow to go to the back. Sandow doesn’t look happy. Miz goes to the apron but gets knocked off by Reigns. Sandow walks over and considers going into the match. He does and nails a kick and DDT on Wyatt. Sandow with the backbreaker and neckbreaker combo on Big E. Fans are cheering now. Rusev tosses Sandow out of nowhere as fans boo. The Miz is upset as Sandow plays the stunt double role now.
The Miz & Damien Mizdow ended 2014 on a sour note, but the self-proclaimed “A-lister” and his stunt double will try to reverse their bad fortunes when they challenge WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos at Royal Rumble.
It was on the final Raw of 2014 that Jimmy & Jey Uso recaptured the titles from The Miz & Mizdow. From there, the night only grew worse for the Superstar with the moneymaker and his loyal impersonator, as they fell to the debuting Ascension, bringing their record to 0-2 for the evening.
With the WWE Tag Team Championship on the line, The Miz & Mizdow have the opportunity to not only reclaim the titles — becoming two-time champions in the process — but also upend their arch rivals. The two duos have competed in a number of highly competitive singles and tag team matches in recent months. During that time, their rivalry even seemed to entangle Jimmy’s wife Naomi, whose music career, The Miz tried convincing, would benefit from The Awesome One’s Hollywood contacts.
Heading into another heated contest, which team is primed to leave Philadelphia as the WWE Tag Team Champions? Can Jimmy & Jey — who were named the Tag Team of 2014 by the WWE Universe — keep hold of the prized titles or will the ever-sneaky Miz & Mizdow regain their momentum at the expense of WWE’s explosive tag titleholders?
Watch what happens when Royal Rumble airs live on WWE Network Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.