WWE bumbled the passing of the torch moment between Ric Flair and The Miz, a mistake that can be remedied by making The Nature Boy Miz's manager.
The Miz's career can only benefit from Flair being in his corner.
Having Miz add the figure-four leglock was a great idea. It diversifies his repertoire and carries on a tradition that has included Buddy Rogers and Greg Valentine. Flair symbolically transferred the move to Miz at the 20th anniversary of Raw, but the gesture felt empty.
The problem was that there was no previous relationship, no connection between the two men.
Had Flair given the move to Triple H or Shawn Michaels, that would have been a different story, but all that Miz and Flair had in common besides being wrestlers was that they both wear suits.
For the gift of the figure-four to make sense going forward, Flair and Miz need to develop a mentor/mentee relationship.
Flair can say he sees something of himself in Miz, thus inspiring him to take on a manager role. If Flair also happens to teach the self-proclaimed Awesome One a few things in real life as well, WWE is all the better for it.
He can also teach Miz how to do the move properly.
Miz' first attempts have been painful to watch. It's like watching a kid put his shoes on the wrong feet.
He lacks crispness when spinning the leg to begin the move. Then he lets the opponent's left leg hang too loosely. It doesn't look nearly as painful as it should.
Compare that to how agonizing Flair's figure-four looks and it's clear how much Miz has to learn.
There are certainly other things a 16-time world champ can pass on to a younger guy like Miz.
A Miz and Flair bond gives WWE an excuse to keep the legend around, opening the door for Flair's trademark rage and silver tongue to be on display.
It potentially sets up more confrontations like Flair had with Punk recently.
Flair's track record as a manager is pretty impressive as well.
The list of the men Flair has managed boasts a number of future Hall of Famers. Flair stood in the corner for Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Bobby Roode and James Storm.
Of course, far less successful men like Carlito and Ric's sons, David and Reid, are on that list as well. Nobody bats 1.000.
Still, Flair's managerial presence has generally furthered a wrestler's career.
Even if it's scripted, when a man with Flair's credentials backs someone, it has serious weight. The pairing gives Miz added credibility. It also creates new possibilities for storylines.
To make the figure-four transition a more meaningful one, to help push Miz to even greater heights, a simple solution is on the horizon, putting a legend and a rising star together.
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