The Miz’s mouth is the reason duct tape was invented — and even that won’t do the trick.
First introduced to TV audiences as one of the seven strangers on “The Real World: Back to New York,” The Miz parlayed his reality TV fame into a legitimate WWE career.
And for those who think he’s a fluke, just ask him. He’ll tell you he’s not … and he’s right.
Miz’s first taste of WWE cred came alongside John Morrison, as the duo won the WWE Tag Team Wrestling Championships and the attention of WWE fans on their WWE.com web series, “The Dirt Sheet.” The team was split up thanks to the 2009 WWE Draft and many expected Miz to fade into obscurity. He proved everyone wrong, though, by winning the United States Championship, the Unified Tag Team Championship and several high-profile matches.
Then in July 2010, Miz’s career hit a turning point. By winning the Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match, the Ohio native guaranteed himself a chance to capture his ultimate goal — the WWE Championship. And on the Nov. 22, 2010, edition of Monday Night Raw, The Miz finally made good on his persistent threats, successfully cashing in his WWE Title opportunity on a vulnerable Randy Orton to capture the most prestigious prize in sports-entertainment.
Following the win, The Miz went on a blistering championship reign, backing up every caustic proclamation of his awesomeness by holding onto the title for an astounding 160 days. After losing the title to John Cena at Extreme Rules, The Awesome One continued to hover around the main event scene before aligning himself with R-Truth, who shared Miz’s beliefs that the powers that be in WWE were conspiring to keep them down.
Their affiliation was short-lived, which, honestly, is the best thing for The Miz. He does better on his own, when he doesn’t have to share the spotlight… or the mic. The Awesome One proved that on the historic 1,000th episode of Raw when he captured the Intercontinental Championship by defeating Christian.
After capturing that prestigious prize and becoming a Grand Slam Champion, The Miz would premiere his own talk show, “Miz TV,” which he dubbed “The Most Must-See Talk Show in WWE History.” With guests including such icons as SmackDown General Manager Booker T and World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, the boisterous Superstar relished having his own pulpit with which to proclaim his own awesomeness, regardless of whether the WWE Universe agreed with that self-assessment. “Miz TV,” even attracted the attention of Peabody Award–winning journalist Larry King, who in turn interviewed The Awesome One on Raw. Naturally, Miz ensured that the interview took a sour turn when he threatened the TV legend. Such aggression was met with a cup of water in the face (courtesy of King’s wife Shawn) and a brawl with Kofi Kingston, who rushed to King's defense.
The rivalry escalated to an Intercontinental Championship Match on WWE Main Event, which resulted in a victory for Kingston in the first-ever title bout on the ION Television broadcast. Miz failed to recapture the illustrious title weeks later at WWE Hell in a Cell and again on Raw, but if there is one thing that even The Cleveland Screamer’s “haters” can admire, it’s his tenacity.
There were few Miz “haters” on Twitter during the Nov. 12, 2012, edition of Raw, however, when a RAWactive poll netted The Miz a spot on Mick Foley’s five-man Survivor Series yeam. The controversial decision paid dividends when The Awesome One eliminated Wade Barrett from the contest, but he eventually fell to Alberto Del Rio and victory eluded Team Foley when Dolph Ziggler last eliminated Randy Orton to earn the title of sole survivor.
Whether he’s on the microphone or in the ring, The Miz will simply not be ignored. Why? Because he’s The Miz, and he’s ... “awwwesome.”