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Cheers to jeers for The Miz
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


The Miz, on the hunt for John Cena, a few months back. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

For a few minutes, Mike Mizanin was a hero.

Wearing a mask and introduced as The Calgary Kid in a "Contract on a Pole" match, he handily defeated Eugene, earning himself a RAW deal.

Once he took off the mask, the Calgary fans erupted in a tone that Mizanin, who wrestles as The Miz, is more accustomed to hearing.

"That might have been the first time I've been cheered in WWE," said The Miz. "I get introduced, they cheer me ... I use a new finisher, they cheer me ... I win a contract, they cheer me ... I take off my mask and I've never been booed so loud. It just goes to show how fast fans can turn on you."

The Miz desperately wants to wrestle on tomorrow night's star-studded SummerSlam pay-per-view, but he's not scheduled for a match.

"I'm really a bit aggravated at (RAW guest host) Jeremy Piven. He banned me from SummerFest or SummerSlam as every other wrestling fan in the WWE Universe calls it. But I'm unpredictable. I like to shock the world. Hopefully I'll do that at SummerSlam."

Mizanin has been The Miz since before his WWE days. He took it on as an alter ego on The Real World reality TV show nine years ago.

"I was an outcast on the show, nobody really liked me," he said. "So I created this character, The Miz, that would call everybody out. I could then blame it on my alter ego."

What's The Miz really like?

"My friends say there's Mike and then there's The Miz. Mike's fun, he's a great guy. But you don't want to be around The Miz."

After several years on the TV reality show circuit, The Miz, who grew up watching stars like The Rock, Ultimate Warrior and the Bushwackers, set his sights on wrestling.

So far so good. He's The Miz ... and he's awesome. Just ask him.

RELATED LINKS

  • The Miz bio and story archive

    Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.baines@sunmedia.ca.