The Miz entered the WWE with the status of star of the reality show The Real World , on MTV , but was progressively able to detach from that condition, evolve as a wrestler and become an important character in the promoter, to the point of having won the WWE Championship for twice and participated in the main event of WrestleMania XXVII .
Born on October 8, 1980 in Parma, Ohio, Michael Gregory Mizanin practiced basketball, athletics and swimming before making his in-ring debut in 2008 with the company Ultimate Pro Wrestling.
In 2004 he entered the fourth season of WWE’s Tough Enough , having been on the brink of victory, which eventually fell to Daniel Puder. However, the promoter maintained interest in The Miz and ended up hiring and developing him, to the point of releasing him on the main roster in 2006.
In the decade and a half that followed, in addition to the feats already mentioned, he won the Intercontinental Championship eight times and the United States Championship on two occasions, in addition to winning eight tag team titles (alongside John Morrison, Big Show, John Cena , Damien Mizdown and Shane McMahon).
It is therefore worth recalling the ten best fights of The Miz’s career, in chronological order.
Monday Night Raw (January 3, 2011)
No Disqualification/Falls Count Anywhere for the WWE Championship :
The Miz (c) vs. John Morrison
After Randy Orton defended the WWE Championship against Wade Barrett on the November 22, 2010 episode of Raw , The Miz cashed-in to his Money in the Bank contract and went on to become WWE Champion for the first time.
Meanwhile, a rematch between Miz and Orton was scheduled for TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2010 , with The Miz choosing the stipulation. And the champion chose to defend the title in a Tables match, ending up winning after interference from Alex Riley .
In parallel, Sheamus won the King of the Ring tournament in November by beating John Morrison in the finals. However, at Survivor Series there was a rematch, with Morrison beating the Irishman . However, a ladder match between the two was scheduled for TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2010 to determine the main contender for the WWE Championship , with Morrison winning . In the days that followed, it was announced that The Miz would defend the title against John Morrison on the first episode of Raw in 2011, in a Falls Count Anywhere match.
Extreme Rules 2011
Steel Cage match for the WWE Championship :
The Miz (c) vs. John Cena vs. John Morrison
At Elimination Chamber, John Cena won an Elimination Chamber match and earned the opportunity to face The Miz for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXVII . However, he would be defeated after interference from The Rock.
Eight days later, on the April 11 episode of Monday Night Raw , John Cena , Randy Orton , John Morrison, Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth faced off in a gauntlet match to determine the main contender. Cena and Truth made it to the end, but were both attacked by The Miz and Alex Riley, resulting in a double disqualification. However, Raw ‘s unnamed general manager announced that The Miz would have to defend the title against Cena and Truth in a Steel Cage match at Extreme Rules.
The following week, Morrison (who had been eliminated by Truth gauntlet match ) confronted Truth and challenged him to stake his spot in the PP V main event . Truth accepted and Morrison eventually won, replacing Truth at Extreme Rules .
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2011
TLC match for the WWE Championship :
CM Punk (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. The Miz
CM Punk was the 2011 WWE fashion superstar and naturally won the WWE Championship three times that year, the last of which was at Survivor Series, when he defeated then-champion Alberto Del Rio , who in turn had won the title in a match in which CM Punk had been present, as well as John Cena, in Hell in a Cell. The night after Survivor Series , on Monday Night Raw , CM Punk successfully defended his belt in a match against Del Rio.
A week later, The Miz, Del Rio, John Cena and Dolph Ziggler demanded to be the main candidate. As such, WWE Executive Vice President John Laurinaitis announced that each of the four would face off against SmackDown wrestlers and that whoever won would receive a title shot. Del Rio defeated Daniel Bryan and The Miz beat Randy Orton by countout , while Dolph Ziggler lost to Sheamus and John Cena relinquished his opportunity to allow Zack Ryder to fight for the United States Championship. During the signing of the match’s contract, Laurinaitis announced that CM Punk, Del Rio and The Miz would face off in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match.
Extreme Rules 2016
WWE Intercontinental Championship :
The Miz (c) vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
At WrestleMania 32, Kevin Owens lost the intercontinental title to Zack Ryder in a ladder match that involved seven wrestlers, including Sami Zayn and The Miz .
At the Raw the following night, The Miz won the belt after his wife, Maryse, distracted Ryder. The following week, Owens interrupted Shane McMahon and demanded a title shot, but instead Shane scheduled a match between Owens and Cesaro to determine the leading contender, which Cesaro won.
At Payback, Owens beat Sami Zayn and stayed to comment on the Intercontinental Title match, but was attacked by Zayn. The fight between the two went to the ring, which distracted Cesaro, who when trying to throw Owens and Zayn out of the ring ended up suffering the settlement of The Miz. Then the four men got into a fight that ended with Owens lifting his belt . On the following night’s Raw , Owens and Cesaro met again in a match to determine the new main contender, but the match ended in a No Contest after The Miz, who was on the commentary table, attacked Cesaro. Meanwhile Zayn appeared on the scene and another fight ensued between the four, which ended with Zayn holding the belt.
Three days later, on the May 5 episode of SmackDown , The Miz faced Sami Zayn and was defeated following interference from Kevin Owens. Then Cesaro joined the party and, after another fight between the four of them, lifted his belt.
That said, on the May 9 episode of Raw , Shane and Stephanie McMahon scheduled a triple threat match for Extreme Rules between Owens, Miz, and Cesaro. However, Zayn demanded to be included in the match and, after beating The Miz once more, was added, turning the feud into a fatal four way match .
No Mercy 2016
Title vs. Career – WWE Intercontinental Championship :
The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
On the August 23 episode of Talking Smack , intercontinental champion The Miz engaged in a sour exchange with general manager Daniel Bryan , who accused him of fighting like a coward for fear of getting hurt. On the following week’s edition of SmackDown , Dolph Ziggler confronted The Miz and challenged him to a match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship , which Daniel Bryan scheduled for Backlash.
In that pay-per-view , The Miz retained the belt after his wife Maryse pepper sprayed Ziggler in the face . And two weeks later, The Miz hit Ziggler again after using the spray again. The following week, Ziggler announced that he would put his career on the line if The Miz gave him one more shot at the title , something the intercontinental champion accepted, with a match between the two being scheduled for No Mercy.
However, until the event The Miz was making some mind games , remembering the times when Ziggler was part of the Spirit Squad, bringing to SmackDown two other members of the faction, Mikey and Kenny, who attacked the old teammate.
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2016
Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship :
The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
At the No Mercy pay-per-view , Dolph Ziggler defeated The Miz in a Title vs. Career match to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship and in the days that followed offered a rematch for the title to The Miz, but the Miz declined. However, when Ziggler had already planned to defend his belt against Sami Zayn at Survivor Series , The Miz was entitled to a title shot on the 900th episode of SmackDown , on November 15, and ended up being crowned champion again, with Maryse’s help, having later defeated Zayn in a title match at Survivor Series
On the following pay-per-view edition of SmackDown , The Miz achieved a controversial victory over Kalisto and after the match was surprised by Ziggler , who hit him with a Superkick . Later, General Manager Daniel Bryan scheduled a Ladder match between The Miz and Ziggler for TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
Monday Night Raw (May 1, 2017)
The Miz vs. Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins
The day after he beat Samoa Joe at Payback 2017 , Seth Rollins said on Raw that he had turned his attention to universal champion Brock Lesnar , but was interrupted by Finn Bálor, who recalled being the inaugural champion and never losing the title, for what should be the next fighter to face Lesnar.
However, Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose appeared and criticized Lesnar for not appearing or defending the title often, noting that his Intercontinental Championship was Raw ‘s main title . However, The Miz appeared and said that he should face Ambrose for the title . That said, a match was scheduled between Rollins , Bálor and Miz to determine the new main candidate for the Intercontinental Championship.
WWE Intercontinental Championship :
Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Miz
At WrestleMania 34, Seth Rollins defeated The Miz and Finn Bálor in a triple threat match to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship, which belonged to The Miz. On Monday Night Raw the following night, The Miz activated his rematch clause for Backlash . Until the pay-per-view , The Miz was transferred to SmackDown and Rollins retained the title against Miz, Bálor and Samoa Joe in a fatal four-way ladder match at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan
The rivalry between the two dates back to 2010, when The Miz mentored Daniel Bryan on the first season of NXT . During the show, Miz constantly berated and mistreated Bryan, claiming he was not worthy of being in WWE.
The animosity between the two grew when Daniel Bryan moved up the main roster , with American Dragon winning the United States Championship that belonged to Miz at Night of Champions 2010
Six years later, when Daniel Bryan was away from the ring and serving as General Manager of SmackDown , the two had an altercation on an episode of Talking Smack , with Bryan accusing The Miz of fighting like a coward, afraid of getting hurt.
The animosity between the two continued, having known new relevant episodes after Daniel Bryan was declared fit to return to competition in March 2018. On the July 31 episode of SmackDown , Bryan challenged Miz to a match at SummerSlam . The Miz initially rejected the challenge, stated that he was always at a higher level than Bryan , and recommended that he return to the independent circuit when his contract expires. However, the following week The Miz ended up accepting Daniel Bryan ‘s challenge.
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2020
Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the WWE Championship :
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. AJ Styles (vs. The Miz)
At Survivor Series, Team Raw consisting of AJ Styles, Keith Lee, Sheamus, Braun Strowman and Riddle defeated Team Smackdown in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match without any team member being eliminated .
On the following night’s Raw , authority figure Adam Pearce said that one of the Team Raw elements would be given a shot at the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2020 and allowed each to argue why he should be the one. chosen. The last to have the opportunity to argue was Braun Strowman , who was enraged that Pearce used the phrase “last but not least” and attacked him, which cost him a suspension.
And since Randy Orton wanted a rematch after losing the title to McIntyre on Raw the previous week and United States Champion Bobby Lashley was the only Raw Champion to beat a SmackDown champion at Survivor Series , they both clashed. Pearce and also argued that they deserved a title match .
That said, Adam Pearce has three matches scheduled for that night, with the winners of each match facing off in a triple threat match the following week to determine the main contender. Riddle, Keith Lee , and Styles beat Sheamus, Lashley, and Orton , respectively, and advanced to the triple threat match , which was ultimately won by AJ Styles , who won the right to fight for the title in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match on TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2020. At the same time, The Miz was Mr. Money in the Bank and would certainly follow the pay-per-view match with special attention…