Tonight on Monday Night Raw, The Miz ripped his pants wide open during an Intercontinental Championship match against Heath Slater.
About an hour into the show, The Miz hosted an episode of Miz TV, his regular talk show segment. This concluded with Heath Slater challenging him to a match for the Intercontinental Championship. The Miz was not expecting a match, saying that he was going to a Fourth of July party, and so he came to the ring in a suit rather than his ring gear. However, Kurt Angle booked this Intercontinental Championship match with Slater, which took place immediately after Miz TV ended.
Miz therefore wrestled wearing his dress shirt, pants, and black shoes. It didn’t take long for The Miz’s pants to rip, but this was not some small tear. Rather, his pants were completely split open, and he wrestled for nearly 10 full minutes with his pants torn.
This moment blew up on social media, with hundreds of users making jokes about the “ripped pants” episode of Spongebob Squarepants.
Later, Corey Graves made reference to this on commentary, saying that someone should get the Intercontinental Championship a new pair of pants. Some debated whether the moment was pre-planned as something that would seem spontaneous and go viral; it’s hard to imagine the WWE didn’t at least consider it as possibility that The Miz’s suit pants would be be ruined during the match.
Ultimately, The Miz defeated Heath Slater, partially because Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas provided a distraction at ringside. This means that The Miz will go on to face Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship at Great Balls of Fire this Sunday. This comes a month after The Miz defeated Dean Ambrose at Extreme Rules and won the Intercontinental Championship for the seventh time in his career.