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Hated Miz: 'Bring it on'
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


The Miz is awesome -- just ask him. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

The Miz has been dumped on by other wrestlers in his climb toward the top of WWE’s upper echelon.

But he’s no quitter. He wants to be the best. And he’ll take on whoever or whatever gets in his way.

“I got kicked out for eating a piece of chicken over a guy’s bag in the locker room,” says Mike Mizanin, who has enjoyed plenty of in-ring success as The Miz. “I was kicked out for six months. I had to find a place to shower, to use the restroom, to change.

“I’ve had it pretty rough in the WWE just because I’m an outsider, and WWE is kind of like a close-knit family or a fraternity. Once you’re an outsider trying to lurk in, they will haze you and haze you and try to see if you’re up for the task or if you’re just going to quit. I’m not a quitter. I’m more of a person that says bring it on.”

Before he joined WWE, he was a veteran of reality TV, most notably The Real World.

He set his mind on becoming a wrestler, but not just any wrestler. He wants to be the best.

Defining moment

“I remember when Stone Cold Steve Austin really had that defining moment,” said The Miz on a recent conference call. “It was when he won the King of the Ring and he said, ‘Austin 3:16 said I just kicked your ass.’ So I guess I’m waiting for that defining moment that sets me apart from everybody else.

“I am the first guy to hold the United States and unified tag team titles (as half of The Show Miz duo with The Big Show) at the same time. I basically have more gold than Mr. T. I want to be remembered as a legend in the WWE. I don’t just want to be world champion or WWE champion, I want to be the poster child of WWE and wrestling, just like Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Austin. To see those names still in marquees is incredible to me, but I want their spot.”

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.