The Miz
American professional wrestler
The Miz
Michael "Mike" Gregory Mizanin is an American professional wrestler, reality television star, media personality, and actor better known by his nickname and ring name The Miz. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment on its Raw brand. Mizanin first gained fame as a cast member on MTV's The Real World: Back to New York, which first aired in 2001, and its spinoff series, Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
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CM Punk trounces The Miz on Monday Night Raw SuperShow – WWE News
Bettor - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-39414" href="/Cm+Punk+1">CM Punk</a> trounces The Miz on Monday Night Raw SuperShow – WWE News <a class="fplink fp-39414" href="/Cm+Punk+1">CM Punk</a> trounced The Miz and defeated him through submission on Monday Night Raw SuperShow on March 12. Initially, The Miz was leading but suddenly <a class="fplink fp-39414" href="/Cm+Punk+1">CM Punk</a> made a comeback and started with his signature moves. The Miz played smart and countered <a class="fplink fp-39414" href="/Cm+Punk+1">CM Punk</a>, however he could not bear Punk’s fury for long and finally gave in. At one point, The Miz countered Punk’s move with a GTS attempt and then Punk hit his DDT which severely da...
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WWE News: The Miz to Guest Star on TV Show Psych, James Roday to Be on Raw
Bleacher Report - almost 5 years
WWE star The Miz will guest star on the March 14 episode of the hit USA Network show Psych, according to the company's official website.  The site notes that Miz will be playing a reality television contestant, something that will hardly be a huge stretch for the former Real World star. Miz, who also has a small role in upcoming summer release Dog Fight, is reported to have filmed his role on the show last July. Interestingly, Miz is not the first Raw star to have a guest stint on Psych, likely due to both shows being on the same network. John Cena previously had a guest role on the programme—which centres around a fake psychic helping the Santa Barbara Police Department solve crimes—in 2010. Cena played a military officer who teamed up with the two lead characters to foil a murder plot. Prior to that, in 2008, then-WWE diva Mickie James had a part on the show as a member of a roller derby team who found herself embroiled in a complicated robbery plot.    Likely to coincide wit ...
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WWE Elimination Chamber 2012: The Miz and Stars Who Must Look Good in Defeat
Bleacher Report - about 5 years
The highlights of the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view are always the RAW and SmackDown Chamber matches. While many people dislike gimmick pay-per-views, the novelty of the Chamber matches only taking place at one event per year makes Elimination Chamber a special show. While allowing a superstar to win a Chamber match is the ultimate push, there are ways to make competitors look strong, even in losing efforts. Refraining from burying anyone in matches that involve six people can be tough, but there are certainly ways to protect some of the superstars. Here are three wrestlers who must look good in defeat during the Chamber matches on Sunday.   The Miz Since holding the WWE Championship for several months last year, including defending it against John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania, The Miz's stature as a top heel has precipitously fallen. Aside from his partnership with R-Truth, Miz hasn't been involved in any meaningful angles in quite some time. He and Truth teamed ...
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All hail the Miz-chief maker
7 days - about 5 years
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar, The Miz, is booed every time he steps into an arena. Few people could endure being heckled by a baying mob of 10,000, night in, night out but The Miz - in Abu Dhabi ahead of the ‘Raw World Tour’ - laps up every single boo and hiss directed at him. “Every city that I go to they are always booing me. You know, I embrace it. I allow them to boo me because it fuels my fire to win every match,” says the 31-year-old star. If you find yourself part of the angry crowd voicing their disapproval of The Miz’s antics at Zayed Sports City this weekend, don’t feel too guilty. It’s easy to dislike this guy. The Miz is brash. He is cocky and condescending. His catchphrase says it all: “I’m The Miz and I’m awesome! If you look at me and look at my size, you think ‘I can take this guy’,” hisses The Miz, who is still well over six feet tall. “I am the guy that lies, cheats, does whatever I h ...
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Wrestler and Reality Star The Miz Comes To Town
Castro Valley - about 5 years
Wrestling and reality show celebrity "The Miz" is reported to be making an appearance at San Leandro's K-Mart store on January 15 at 10 a.m. according to the website You can read more about The Miz here.
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News on Shawn Michaels, The Miz, Ricardo Rodriguez
Wrestling News Source - about 5 years
WWE Monday Night Raw Superstar Mike The Miz Mizanin recently granted a wish by meeting a child through WWE's partnership with the MakeAWish Foundation. Alberto Del Rio's personal ring announcer <a class="fplink fp-2067312" href="/ricardo+rodriguez+wrestler">Ricardo Rodriguez</a> has been receiving praise backstage for his performance at the 2011 WWE TLC payperview event after falling off of a ladder through a table. WWE Hall of Famer The Heartbreak Kid <a class="fplink fp-251498" href="/shawn+michaels">Shawn Michaels</a> will be making the following nonWWE appearances in 2012: * January 11, 2012 from 1011am at the Dead Down Wind booth at the ATA show in Columbus OH  * January 12, 2012 from 13pm at the Carbon Express Booth at the ATA show in Columbus OH  * January 18, 2012 from noon to 1pm at the Outdoor Channel booth at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas  * February 2, 2012 from 12pm at the Outdoor Channel booth at the SCI Convention in Las Vegas
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VIDEO: Kane Attacks John Cena at WWE Live Event
Wrestling News Source - about 5 years
Kane returned again during a WWE Live event on 16/12 to attack <a class="fplink fp-143560" href="/john+cena">John Cena</a> during his match with The Miz. The masked monster went to put Cena in a tombstone but Cena got out and sent Kane to the out of the ring. 
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Alex Riley Comments on The Miz, FCW and Much More
Wrestling News Source - about 5 years
O386 has a new interview online with current WWE superstar, <a class="fplink fp-312101" href="/alex+riley">Alex Riley</a> to promote Sunday’s scheduled WWE house show in Daytona Beach. Below is an excerpt from the interview: Q: How important was The Miz to your wrestling development? A: “Huge. I think on NXT, I think I had something to offer, but you never know. I didn’t know what was going to get thrown at me. They would throw us out on live TV, and we didn’t know what was going to happen. It was truly like live TV — anything can happen — and it took a lot of preparation. I was very confident to have The Miz — it really solidified everything, his presence. It amplified any promo I cut.” Q: How important do you think FCW was in helping you get to WWE? A: “I think it was a huge deal. I really knew nothing about the wrestling business. I was a fan of it growing up as a kid. I was playing football and following it back and forth. I got really, really into it. It was a second dream of mine ...
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The Miz "Injures" John Morrison on "Raw"
Wrestling News Source - about 5 years
On last night's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, former Tag Team Champions <a class="fplink fp-147612" href="/john+morrison+wrestler">John Morrison</a> and Mike The Miz Mizanin were scheduled to face off in a Falls Count Anywhere Match, however, <a class="fplink fp-147612" href="/john+morrison+wrestler">John Morrison</a> was attacked from behind during his ring entrance by The Miz with a steel pipe, which severely injured Morrison's leg. Morrison attempted to compete with his injury, but was virtually dominated by The Miz and eventually suffered the SkullCrushing Finale from The Miz at the top of the entrance ramp. Morrison was then put on a stretcher and taken out of the arena. It has been speculated over the past week that last night may have been Morrison's final appearance on Raw before his WWE contract expires. There were rumors that WWE would have him lose to the rookie monster Brodus Clay, however, WWE once again postponed Brodus Clay's return. It should also be noted that Interi ...
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Miz Talks Eating At Denny's After Winning WWE Title, Credits John Cena & More - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
Prior to being &quot;fired,&quot; the Miz spoke with Chris Van Vliet, an entertainment reporter for WOIO-TV, the CBS affilitate in Cleveland. The Miz talked about how winning the WWE Championship almost made him cry
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Normandy grad "The Miz" returns to Cleveland tonight -
Google News - over 5 years
Normandy graduate Mike &quot;The Miz&quot; Mizanin will represent the Northeast Ohio Conference tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Mizanin is one of the biggest stars in WWE, which is bringing its live &quot;Monday Night Raw&quot; television series to
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Pacquiao vs Marquez: Bob Arum Says Style Trumps Weight to Make a Good Fight - Bad Left Hook
Google News - over 5 years
Arum did most of the talking, along with, for some reason or another, WWE star The Miz, whose wide-eyed yelling was, as it always is for pro wrestlers, totally out of place and sounded ridiculous outside of the bubble of pro wrestling
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For Your Consideration…The RAW Judicial Review for 9/5/11 - Inside Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
The Miz then comes out in a fantastic checkered suit and he says that he had an epiphany that there is a conspiracy. Since Triple H is so busy dealing with his friends, he isn&#39;t focused on Miz &amp; Truth. He challenges the tag champions, Air Boom, ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Kindness? It's in the bag - Stockton Record
Google News - over 5 years
CRAIG SANDERS/The Record By Lori Gilbert Lina McNutt would have loved to have gone to the recent World Wrestling Entertainment show in Stockton but contented herself with wearing a T-shirt bearing the likeness of its stars, John Cena, Triple H, The Miz
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of The Miz
  • 2016
    Age 35
    In 2016, Mizanin guest starred in Supernatural as a wrestler named Shawn Harley in an organization targeted by a demon.
    More Details Hide Details Mizanin's parents are divorced. He has a step-father named Donnie and two half-siblings, Jimmy and Tonia. Mizanin passionately roots for his hometown's Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Cleveland Indians. Prior to the Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels game on July 26, 2011, he fulfilled one of his lifelong goals when he threw out the first pitch.
    On July 19 at the 2016 WWE draft, Miz along with Maryse was drafted to SmackDown, with the Intercontinental Championship becoming exclusive to that brand.
    More Details Hide Details On August 21 at SummerSlam, Miz successfully defended the championship against Apollo Crews. On the August 23 episode of Talking Smack, The Miz went on a tirade against SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan for calling him a coward, with Miz calling Bryan a "coward" for not returning to the ring when he promised the fans he would. At Backlash, Miz successfully defended the title against Dolph Ziggler after Maryse sprayed an unknown substance at Ziggler while the referee was distracted. Afterwards, The Miz continued to blame Bryan. He vowed not to defend his Intercontinental Championship on any show until he is granted a contract "renegotiation". On the September 20 episode of SmackDown, Miz retained his Intercontinental title over Ziggler in a rematch after he used the same spray on Ziggler from Backlash.
    The following night on Raw, Miz failed to qualify for the 2016 Money in the Bank ladder match when he was defeated by Cesaro, setting up another championship bout between the pair set for the week's SmackDown, which Miz won.
    More Details Hide Details Following this, he and Maryse began filming The Marine 5: Battleground, taking them out of action. Both returned on the June 27 episode of Raw, where he lost to Kane in a championship match via countout. At Battleground, the Intercontinental Championship match between Miz and Darren Young ended in a double disqualification after The Miz pushed Bob Backlund (Darren Young's mentor) and Young attacked him.
  • 2015
    Age 34
    In 2015 he starred in a WWE studios film Christmas movie Santa's Little Helper.
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  • 2014
    Age 33
    Mizanin married his longtime girlfriend and fellow WWE wrestler Maryse Ouellet on February 20, 2014, in the Bahamas.
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    He married his long-time girlfriend, model, actress and two-time Divas Champion, Maryse Ouellet in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Miz was born and raised in Parma, Ohio, where he attended Normandy High School and was the captain of its basketball and cross country teams. He also participated in swimming, and was a member of the student government and the editor of his high school yearbook. He then attended Miami University, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, and studied business at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business, before he was cast as a member of "The Real World" (2001).
  • 2013
    Age 32
    Mizanin starred in the ABC Family TV movie Christmas Bounty, which premiered in December 2013.
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    In March 2013 he hosted the Kids Choice Awards with Maryse and The Rock.
    More Details Hide Details He has featured in WWE video games WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011, WWE All Stars, WWE '12, WWE '13, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15 WWE 2K16 and WWE 2K17.
  • 2012
    Age 31
    In 2012, he was on MDA Show of Strength with Maryse and other celebrities.
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    Mizanin played a small role in the film The Campaign. On April 30, 2012, it was announced that The Miz would star in WWE Studios film The Marine 3: Homefront.
    More Details Hide Details Mizanin replaced fellow wrestler Randy Orton who was dropped from the role due to his past with the USMC. That day, it was also announced that Mizanin will be featured in the WWE Studios and Kare Prod project Les reines du ring (Queens of the Ring) alongside Eve Torres and CM Punk.
    Throughout January and February 2012 Miz feuded with R-Truth, which included a WWE Championship match at Elimination Chamber, which was won by CM Punk.
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  • 2011
    Age 30
    Miz picked up the win for Team Johnny after pinning Zack Ryder with the help of Eve, which ended his 20 match losing streak dating back to 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He followed this up by losing a battle royal and a singles match against Brodus Clay at Over the Limit. After a two-month absence, The Miz returned at Money in the Bank, as a last-minute participant in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank contract match, won by John Cena. At Raw 1000, Miz defeated Christian to win his first Intercontinental Championship, becoming the 25th Triple Crown Champion and a Grand Slam Champion in the process. Miz successfully defended his championship against Christian four days later on SmackDown, against Rey Mysterio at SummerSlam, and in a Fatal Four Way match against Cody Rhodes, Rey Mysterio, and Sin Cara at Night of Champions, before losing the championship to Kofi Kingston on the premiere episode of Main Event. Miz failed to regain the title from Kingston in two rematches, at Hell in a Cell and on the November 6 SmackDown.
    He defeated Orton again at the Royal Rumble, after interference from CM Punk, in January 2011 and Lawler the following month at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view to retain the championship.
    More Details Hide Details The night after Elimination Chamber, The Miz and John Cena were paired together by the Raw general manager to challenge The Corre (Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater) for the WWE Tag Team Championship. The Miz and Cena were successful in winning the titles, but lost them back to Corre immediately afterward in a rematch, after The Miz turned on Cena. This made their reign the shortest in the championship's history. The following week, The Miz lost Riley as his apprentice after Cena defeated Riley in a steel cage match with the stipulation that if Cena won, Riley was fired from his job, but The Miz hired Riley back, this time as his VP of Corporate Communications, in mid-March. On April 3 in the main event of WrestleMania XXVII, The Miz successfully defended the WWE Championship against Cena, following interference from The Rock. At the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on May 1, The Miz lost the WWE Championship to Cena, in a triple threat steel cage match, also involving John Morrison. The following night on Raw, The Miz failed to regain the championship from Cena in a singles match when he lost by disqualification, and failed to regain the championship again in an "I Quit" match at Over the Limit.
    The Miz defeated Morrison to retain the championship in a Falls Count Anywhere match on the first Raw of 2011.
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    The Miz largely dropped out of world title contention after 2011, and the period of 2012 to 2016 has been marked by him winning the Intercontinental Championship five times, and the WWE Tag Team Championship once with Damien Mizdow.
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  • 2010
    Age 29
    He cashed it in during November 2010 on Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship, which he went on to hold for six months, including a successful defense against John Cena in the main event of 2011's WrestleMania XXVII.
    More Details Hide Details That year, he also won the WWE Tag Team Championship with Cena during their feud, and was ranked number one on Pro Wrestling Illustrateds annual PWI 500 list.
    Miz appeared on the NXT show as the storyline mentor of Daniel Bryan. At WrestleMania XXVI, Show and Miz defeated John Morrison and R-Truth to retain the title again. During the 2010 WWE Draft on the April 26 episode of Raw, ShoMiz lost the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship to The Hart Dynasty when Tyson Kidd made The Miz submit to the Sharpshooter.
    More Details Hide Details After the match, The Big Show knocked out The Miz, and was later drafted to the SmackDown brand, leaving The Miz on Raw. On the May 10 episode of Raw, Kidd defeated The Miz in a match, which earned any member of The Hart Dynasty a match for the United States Championship, and The Miz, who was allowed to choose his opponent, elected to face Bret Hart. On the following episode of Raw on May 17, Hart defeated The Miz to win the United States Championship, despite Chris Jericho, William Regal, and Vladimir Kozlov attempting to interfere on The Miz's behalf. The Miz had a tumultuous relationship with Bryan, who was eliminated from NXT on May 11, although he returned the following week to attack The Miz. The Miz returned as a Pro for the second season of NXT, to mentor Alex Riley, the only Pro to return. On the June 14 episode of Raw, The Miz defeated R-Truth, John Morrison, and Zack Ryder in a fatal four-way match to win the United States Championship for the second time, and successfully retained the championship against R-Truth at the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view.
    In 2010, The Miz began a rivalry with MVP that began with a critically well-received verbal exchange between the two.
    More Details Hide Details The two met in an unadvertised match for the United States Championship at the Royal Rumble event with Miz retaining his title, but in the Royal Rumble match itself MVP eliminated both himself and The Miz. During the rivalry with MVP, Miz began showing signs of an allegiance with The Big Show and on the February 8 episode of Raw, the two defeated champions D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) and The Straight Edge Society (CM Punk and Luke Gallows) to become the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, making Miz the first wrestler in WWE history to hold three championships at the same time (U.S., World Tag Team, and WWE Tag Team Champion).
  • 2009
    Age 28
    On the April 13 episode of Raw, The Miz lost a match to Kofi Kingston due to Morrison's inadvertent interference, which gave Raw a draft pick in the 2009 WWE draft.
    More Details Hide Details The pick was then revealed to be The Miz, and retaliated by subsequently attacking Morrison, ending their partnership and thus turning John Morrison face. Miz challenged John Cena to a match on the April 27 episode of Raw, but as Cena was out due to injury, Miz claimed an unofficial win via forfeit and continued to do this over the following weeks, until Cena defeated him in a singles match at The Bash. On the August 3 episode of Raw, The Miz lost a match to Cena, which meant that, in storyline, he was banned from the Staples Center, Raw and SummerSlam. The following week on August 10, Miz competed under a mask as "The Calgary Kid", and won a Contract on Pole match against Eugene, earning a contract in storyline, and revealing himself by removing his mask afterwards. He then created the Skull-Crushing Finale and used it on Eugene. After removing the mask to reveal himself, he cut a promo and debuted his catchphrase "Because I'm The Miz and I'm Awesome."
    The Miz was then drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2009 WWE draft, where he won the United States Championship that year.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, he won the unified tag team titles with Big Show, had a second reign with the United States title, and won the Raw Money in the Bank ladder match for a guaranteed WWE Championship match.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    On December 13, 2008, Miz and Morrison defeated Kofi Kingston and CM Punk to win the World Tag Team Championship during a WWE house show in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details The team then engaged themselves in a feud with The Colóns (Carlito and Primo). In a dark match at WrestleMania XXV, they lost the World Tag Team Championship to The Colóns in a Lumberjack match to unify the World Tag Team and the WWE Tag Team titles.
    In February 2008, Miz and Morrison were given a streaming segment on the WWE website named The Dirt Sheet in which they mocked other wrestlers and facets of pop culture, showing off their promo skills.
    More Details Hide Details Morrison and The Miz co-wrote each episode of The Dirt Sheet each week. As the duo continued to hold the titles, WWE downplayed the angle of Miz and Morrison disliking each other, and portrayed them as friends. The team had many successful title defenses over the next few months, before dropping the championship to Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder at the Great American Bash in a Fatal Four-Way match which also featured Jesse and Festus and Finlay and Hornswoggle. Neither Miz nor Morrison were pinned, as Hawkins pinned Jesse to win the titles. Miz and Morrison soon followed a feud with Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) as a battle of their webshows, "Word Up" and "The Dirt Sheet". They were voted into a match with, and defeated, Cryme Tyme at Cyber Sunday.
    In total, The Miz has won 14 championships in WWE, is the 25th Triple Crown Champion in company history, the 14th Grand Slam Champion, and (along with John Morrison) won the 2008 Tag Team of the Year Slammy Award.
    More Details Hide Details He has main-evented several pay-per-views for WWE, including WrestleMania XXVII.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    Miz was drafted from SmackDown! to ECW on June 17, 2007, as part of the 2007 supplemental draft.
    More Details Hide Details He was absent from the first few weeks of ECW, though he was the subject of backstage mentions between matches and had several short Miz TV Crashes ECW video segments. He made his debut on the July 10 episode of ECW in a match against Nunzio, which he won. Following this match, Extreme Exposé began expressing admiration in him and gave him a lap-dance, starting a new gimmick for him of a self-proclaimed "chick magnet". Extreme Exposé then became managers for The Miz. He then began a feud with Balls Mahoney, after Kelly Kelly began to fall in love with Mahoney on screen. On the October 2 episode of ECW, it was revealed that Miz owned the contracts of Kelly Kelly, Layla, and Brooke Adams, and used this excuse to stop Kelly from going out with Mahoney. He was voted at Cyber Sunday to face CM Punk for the ECW Championship, but lost the match.
    On the June 11, 2007 episode of Raw, Mizanin faced off against Snitsky in a match to determine a draft pick for SmackDown!
    More Details Hide Details Snitsky easily defeated The Miz to give ECW the draft pick, but after constantly assaulting The Miz after the match, the referee reversed the decision and awarded the match to Miz, thus allowing SmackDown! a draft pick. SmackDown!'s pick was then revealed to be Chris Masters.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    Following his hosting duties, Mizanin made his wrestling debut in September 2006, as a villain who went undefeated for three months until he was defeated by The Boogeyman at Armageddon.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Miz was drafted from SmackDown! to the ECW brand, where he formed a partnership with John Morrison, and as a team would go on to win both the WWE Tag Team Championship and World Tag Team Championship.
    After the end of the Diva Search competition, The Miz returned exclusively to SmackDown! and as a heel, starting his in-ring competition with win over Tatanka in the September 2006 episode of SmackDown!
    More Details Hide Details After this win he, along with commentator Michael Cole, began to note whenever possible that he was "undefeated", though he only wrestled five matches over the next two months, defeating such superstars as Matt Hardy, Funaki, and Scotty 2 Hotty. At the same time he began a feud with Diva Search winner Layla El, who spurned his advances on more than one occasion, leading to Miz helping Kristal defeat her in various competitions. Soon, however, Miz and Kristal found themselves being stalked by The Boogeyman. This began a feud in which the Boogeyman ended The Miz's winning streak at December's Armageddon event. Following a brief absence from television, The Miz returned to SmackDown! to host an interview segment named Miz TV. After the unsuccessful segment, The Miz returned to in-ring competition with a more intense style and began to pick up wins once again.
    The Miz debuted as SmackDown!s "host" on June 2, 2006, announcing the planned card at the top of the show and attempting to hype up the crowd.
    More Details Hide Details Other "host" duties included backstage interviews and hosting a bikini contest. The hosting duties seemed sporadic at best, with some weeks having little to no involvement of Miz at all. Starting in July, Miz, along with Ashley Massaro, became host of the annual Diva Search competition on both Raw and SmackDown!
    When Mizanin actually attempted to make his debut on the April 21, 2006 episode of SmackDown!, however, he was, in storyline banned from entering the arena by "network executive" Palmer Cannon who told him that he had been "canceled" before having security escort him from the premises.
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    On March 7, 2006, WWE's official website featured a video of "The Miz" stating that he was headed to SmackDown! and throughout April, SmackDown! aired vignettes hyping his debut.
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    On March 19, 2006, Deuce Shade defeated Miz in a singles contest to win the championship for his team The Untouchables (Deuce Shade and Domino).
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    In what was deemed a "disciplinary move", WWE released Cage over the weekend of March 18, 2006, making it necessary for Miz and Cage to drop the titles.
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    At the February 8, 2006, TV taping, Miz and Chris Cage captured the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship, defeating Chet the Jett and Seth Skyfire.
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    On the January 28, 2006 episode of the OVW television show, The Miz wrestled his first singles match against Rene Dupree, but lost by countout.
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    On the January 18, 2006, OVW TV show, Mizanin made his debut as "Miz", with a Miz TV segment, where he was shown talking backstage.
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    On January 3, 2006, it was reported that Mizanin had been transferred to OVW.
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  • 2005
    Age 24
    He continued his partnership with Matt Cappotelli throughout the second half of 2005 in WWE dark matches and house shows until Cappotelli, nominally of Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), was diagnosed with a brain tumor after an injury at a taping in December 2005.
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    On December 1, 2005, Mizanin defeated Mike Knox in the finals of a tournament to determine the inaugural Deep South Heavyweight Champion.
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    In July 2005, he wrestled two dark matches for WWE, teaming with former Tough Enough champion Matt Cappotelli to face The Highlanders (Robbie and Rory McAllister).
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  • 2004
    Age 23
    Despite coming last in an arm wrestling tournament on November 25, 2004, Mizanin outlasted six other wrestlers, and made it to the final round.
    More Details Hide Details At the pay-per-view event, Armageddon, Mizanin faced the other remaining entrant, Daniel Puder, in a three-round "Dixie Dogfight" (boxing match). Neither man achieved a knockout, and the contest was awarded to Puder on the basis of crowd reaction. On the December 16, 2004, episode of SmackDown! Puder was announced as the winner of Tough Enough by head trainer Al Snow. Despite losing the Tough Enough contest, Mizanin had piqued the interest of WWE, and he was eventually offered a developmental contract. Mizanin was sent to Deep South Wrestling (DSW) to train under Bill DeMott, relocating to McDonough, Georgia in the process.
    In October 2004, Mike Mizanin entered the fourth season of Tough Enough, a televised competition which awarded the winner a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) contract and US$1,000,000.
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  • 2003
    Age 22
    Pursuing the goal of becoming a professional wrestler, Mizanin joined Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW), where he trained in the Ultimate University. He made his in-ring debut in 2003 as The Miz.
    More Details Hide Details During his time with UPW, The Miz competed in UPW's Mat War's tournament, making it to the finals before losing to Tony Stradlin.
  • 2001
    Age 20
    Mizanin dropped out of college, where he was pursuing a degree in business, in order to appear on the 10th season of MTV's reality television program The Real World in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to appear in multiple seasons of its spin-off series, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, along with contestants from both Road Rules and The Real World, including Battle of the Seasons, The Gauntlet, The Inferno, Battle of the Sexes 2, and The Inferno 2. Except for Battle of the Sexes 2, Mizanin made it to the end of all the Challenges on which he competed and won both Battle of the Seasons and The Inferno 2. After a seven-year-long absence from The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Mizanin returned to the reality show on April 4, 2012, as the host of The Battle of the Exes season finale event and Reunion special. It marked the first time The Miz appeared on the series since becoming a main event WWE superstar. It was during an episode of The Real World that Mizanin first displayed an alter ego known as "The Miz". In contrast to Mizanin's usually placid demeanor, The Miz was angry, combative, and headstrong. Mizanin later realized that "The Miz" would make an excellent professional wrestling gimmick.
    Mizanin first gained fame as a cast member on MTV's The Real World: Back to New York, which first aired in 2001, and its spinoff series, Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
    More Details Hide Details He later entered the fourth season of Tough Enough, a televised competition which awarded the winner a WWE contract, and became the first runner-up. Mizanin trained and wrestled in independent/developmental territories Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW), Deep South Wrestling (DSW), and Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) prior to appearing in WWE. Mizanin became host of the annual WWE Diva Search competition in 2006.
  • 1980
    Born on October 8, 1980.
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