The Miz in March 2015
|Birth name||Michael Gregory Mizanin|
October 8, 1980 |
Parma, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Miami University|
|Spouse(s)||Maryse Ouellet (m. 2014)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||The Calgary Kid
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||221 lb (100 kg)|
|Billed from||Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|Trained by||Al Snow
Ultimate Pro Wrestling
Michael Gregory "Mike" Mizanin (born October 8, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, reality television star, and actor. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name The Miz.
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. 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. 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. In 2007, Mizanin 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.
Mizanin was then drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2009 WWE draft, where he won the United States Championship that year. 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. 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. That year, he also won the WWE Tag Team Championship with Cena during their feud, and was ranked number one on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's annual PWI 500 list. Mizanin 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 six times, and the WWE Tag Team Championship once with Damien Mizdow.
In total, Mizanin has won 15 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. He has main-evented several pay-per-views for WWE, including WrestleMania XXVII.
Michael Mizanin 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).
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. 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.
In 2004, he appeared on the Bravo reality show Battle of the Network Reality Stars, where his team finished second. Mizanin was also a contestant in the "Reality Stars" episode of Fear Factor. His partner was his former girlfriend and cast mate, Trishelle Cannatella, and the two won the competition. In April 2007, he appeared on the game show Identity, where he appeared as a stranger, and contestant John Kim correctly identified his identity as a professional wrestler by the odd way he added "Miz-" before most words. In 2008, Mizanin appeared on the Sci Fi reality series Ghost Hunters Live as a guest investigator. In 2009, Mizanin appeared on two episodes of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, which were both aired on September 29. He appeared on an episode of Destroy Build Destroy on March 3, 2010. On October 5, 2011, Miz starred in an episode of H8R. He also appeared as a guest star in a March 2012 episode of Psych. On March 31, Miz appeared in the first ever Slime Wrestling World Championship at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, losing to the Big Show which resulted in him being thrown into a tub of slime. In 2012 Miz appeared on Disney XD show Pair of Kings as a guest star. In 2013, Miz along with Francia Raisa were in a movie together called Christmas Bounty.
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. 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.
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. Despite coming last in an arm wrestling tournament on November 25, 2004, Mizanin outlasted six other wrestlers, and made it to the final round. 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 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). On December 1, 2005, Mizanin defeated Mike Knox in the finals of a tournament to determine the inaugural Deep South Heavyweight Champion. 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.
On January 3, 2006, it was reported that Mizanin had been transferred to OVW. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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).
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. 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.
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. 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!.
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!. 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. On the June 11, 2007 episode of Raw, Mizanin faced off against Snitsky in a match to determine a draft pick for SmackDown!. 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.
Miz was drafted from SmackDown! to ECW on June 17, 2007, as part of the 2007 supplemental draft. 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 November 16 episode of SmackDown, he became one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions with John Morrison when they defeated Matt Hardy and Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) in a title match, which gave The Miz his first title within the company.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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."
On the August 17 episode of Raw, The Miz announced his intention to challenge for the United States Championship, and also debuted new ring attire and defeated Evan Bourne. He challenged for the United States Championship at the Night of Champions, Breaking Point and Hell in a Cell pay-per-views, but was unsuccessful. On the October 5 episode of Raw, the night after Hell in a Cell, The Miz received a rematch for the championship, and defeated Kofi Kingston to win the United States Championship and his first singles championship in WWE. The following pay-per-view event, Bragging Rights, was themed with interpromotional matches and now that The Miz was the second-tier champion on Raw he was booked against SmackDown's Intercontinental Champion, his erstwhile tag team partner John Morrison. In the buildup to their first match since splitting, the two hosted a one-off edition of The Dirt Sheet on the October 16 episode of SmackDown where the two compared themselves to '80s tag team The Rockers, debating over which is more comparable to the successful Shawn Michaels and which was the less successful Marty Jannetty. At Bragging Rights, Miz pinned Morrison to become the only member of the Raw roster to win an interpromotional match. The following month at Survivor Series, Miz captained a team of five wrestlers against Team Morrison in a five-on-five Survivor Series elimination match and once again bested his former partner surviving with Sheamus and Drew Mcintyre.
In 2010, The Miz began a rivalry with MVP that began with a critically well-received verbal exchange between the two. 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).
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. 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.
On July 18, at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, The Miz won a Money in the Bank ladder match to win a contract for a WWE Championship match that he could utilize at any time over the next year and became the first superstar to win Money in the Bank while being a champion and the second superstar after Rob Van Dam to hold a Money in the Bank contract and a title at the same time. Over the next few weeks, The Miz attempted to cash in his Money in the Bank contract on the WWE Champion Sheamus, but was continually interrupted by other wrestlers before the matches could occur, which meant that he retained the contract for future use. Daniel Bryan returned to WWE at SummerSlam, taking The Miz's place on Team WWE, causing The Miz to attack him. This began a rivalry between the two, with The Miz losing the United States Championship to Bryan at the Night of Champions event in September. The following month, Miz defeated John Cena to become the captain of Team Raw, but at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view Team Raw—The Miz (with Alex Riley), R-Truth, John Morrison, Santino Marella, Sheamus, CM Punk, and Ezekiel Jackson—were unsuccessful in defeating Team SmackDown.
On the November 22 episode of Raw, following a successful WWE Championship defense by Randy Orton against Wade Barrett, he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to become the new WWE Champion making him the first Tough Enough contestant to win the WWE Championship. He successfully defended the championship against Jerry Lawler in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match on the following episode of Raw, due to help from Michael Cole and Riley, and again at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view in December by defeating Orton in a Tables match following interference from Alex Riley. The Miz defeated Morrison to retain the championship in a Falls Count Anywhere match on the first Raw of 2011. 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. 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 following night on the May 23 episode of Raw, the Anonymous Raw General Manager's announcement said that The Miz's request for another WWE Championship match was denied, and ended the feud with John Cena. The Miz blamed Riley for not being able to regain the WWE Championship because of Riley not being at ringside at Extreme Rules when Miz lost the championship. The following night on Raw, Riley raised the hand of Miz with the WWE Championship with leading to his disqualification and at the Over the Limit. Riley left his phone behind that he used to trick the referee into thinking that Cena said "I Quit". Riley attacked him, sending him crashing into a barricade at ringside and then head first over the announce table and which turned Riley a fan favorite for the first time in WWE. On the May 30 episode of Raw, The Miz assaulted Riley after an interview from Michael Cole, but Riley gained the upper hand and Miz escaped through the crowd. At Capitol Punishment, Riley defeated Miz in a singles-match. He went on to lose to Riley in various singles and tag team matches. It was later announced that Miz lost Raw's Money in the Bank ladder match at Money in the Bank after leaving with a knee injury kayfabe, then returning but being stopped from claiming the briefcase by Rey Mysterio. The next night on Raw, Miz made it to the final of the WWE Championship tournament, defeating his former NXT rookie, Alex Riley, in the first round. The next week on Raw, Miz lost to Rey Mysterio. At Summerslam,The Miz teamed with R-Truth and Alberto Del Rio to lose to Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston and John Morrison.
On the August 22 episode of Raw, Miz and R-Truth attacked Santino Marella before his match. They then cut a promo agreeing there was a conspiracy in the WWE keeping both of them out of the main event picture, and declared they would, together, seize any future opportunity. They began referring to themselves as "The Awesome Truth". On the August 29 episode of Raw, Truth interfered in Miz's match and the duo attacked CM Punk. At Night of Champions, after the referee was distracted while The Miz attempted a pin, Miz assaulted him, causing Awesome Truth to lose a WWE Tag Team Championship match to Air Boom (Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne) by disqualification. Seeking retribution, Miz and Truth later attacked both Triple H and CM Punk during their No Disqualification match in the main event. Because of their actions from the previous night, R-Truth and The Miz were fired by Triple H on the September 19 episode of Raw. At the conclusion of the main event match at Hell in a Cell, R-Truth and The Miz jumped the barricade wearing black hooded sweatshirts and entered the cell as it was being raised. They then used weapons to attack Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, John Cena, the Referee and camera men while the cell was again lowered. After this, the entire WWE roster led by Triple H came out to find a way into the cell, before New Orleans Police Department officers were able to get the door open and arrest them. The two later posted a video on YouTube apologizing to the WWE Universe for their actions. The Miz and R-Truth were reinstated by John Laurinaitis on the October 10 episode of Raw. At Vengeance, Miz and R-Truth defeated CM Punk and Triple H in a tag team match, after interference from Triple H's long time friend Kevin Nash. Later that night they assaulted John Cena during his WWE Championship match with Alberto Del Rio. On the October 24 episode of Raw, Awesome Truth attacked John Cena and Zack Ryder. On the November 7 episode of Raw, Miz and R-Truth defeated Cena and Ryder. At Survivor Series, The Awesome Truth were defeated by John Cena and The Rock. On the November 21 episode of Raw, Cena instigated an argument between R-Truth and Miz, which resulted in Miz performed a Skull Crushing Finale on the stage on R-Truth. This was a pretext to explain R-Truth's absence during his suspension as a result of his violating of the Wellness Policy.
On the November 28 episode of Raw, Miz defeated John Morrison in a Falls Count Anywhere match after a Skull Crushing Finale on the stage. On the December 5, episode of Raw, Miz qualified for a Triple Threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match against Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk at the TLC pay-per-view for the WWE Championship after a win over Randy Orton via count out, but was unsuccessful. 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. During this time Miz lost to R-Truth in a singles match with a stipulation that the loser would enter the Royal Rumble match first; in the Rumble match, Miz lasted longest, over 45 minutes, before he was eliminated by Big Show.
Desperate for a spot on the card for the upcoming WrestleMania XXVIII event, Miz later joined John Laurinaitis' team for the 12-man tag team match after saving Laurinaitis from Santino Marella. 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. 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.
After his loss to Kofi Kingston, The Miz turned face for the first time in his career when he joined Mick Foley's team at Survivor Series after confronting Paul Heyman on the November 18 Raw. At Survivor Series, The Miz eliminated Wade Barrett before being eliminated by Alberto Del Rio. In the months to come, Miz's turn was not well received by critics, who commented that Miz as a babyface was too similar to his heel character because he was "still cocky, arrogant, and egotistical" while "pivoted toward calling out established heels". Other criticisms were that Miz was "juvenile", lacking of depth, "grating and not endearing to the audience" and that "there was not that moment when he officially turned and aligned his values with the audience's". The Miz then began a feud with United States Champion Antonio Cesaro, after Cesaro insulted America. During this feud Ric Flair became Miz's mentor, and he subsequently adopted the figure-four leglock from Flair as a new finisher. The Miz challenged for Cesaro's United States Championship at the Royal Rumble pre-show, at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, and on the March 3 episode of SmackDown, but was unsuccessful each time.
The Miz next sought Wade Barrett's Intercontinental Championship. He lost a triple threat match also featuring Chris Jericho on the March 18 episode of Raw, but defeated Barrett in a non-title match to earn another shot at the title. He captured the title by defeating Barret at the WrestleMania 29 pre-show, only to lose the title back to him the following night on Raw. Miz failed to recapture the title at Payback and Money in the Bank. On August 18, The Miz was the host of SummerSlam, during which he had a run-in with Fandango, beginning a feud between the two. Miz went on to defeat Fandango both on the September 2 episode of Raw and on September 15 at Night of Champions. The following night on Raw, Miz was assaulted by Randy Orton in front of his parents, resulting in a storyline injury. When Miz returned in October, he lost to Orton and then started a feud with Kingston, defeating him on the Survivor Series pre-show, but losing a no disqualification match at TLC to end their feud. In February, Miz stormed out during matches to complain about his lack of screen time and claiming that he should be in matches. Miz participated in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX, but was eliminated by Santino Marella.
After a two-month hiatus filming The Marine 4: Moving Target, The Miz returned on the June 30 episode of Raw, once again as a heel, and immediately began to insult the crowd, and taking on the gimmick of an arrogant movie star, before being interrupted by the returning Chris Jericho. A week later, Miz was defeated by Chris Jericho in his return match. At Battleground, Miz won a battle royal by lastly eliminating Dolph Ziggler to win the Intercontinental Championship for the third time. Ziggler defeated Miz to recapture the title at SummerSlam. Later that month, Damien Sandow began appearing with Miz as his 'stunt double' (mimicking all of Miz's moves and mannerisms), and was subsequently billed as "Damien Mizdow". At Night of Champions, Miz defeated Ziggler to regain the Intercontinental Championship, only to lose the title to Ziggler in a rematch the following night. On the September 29 episode of Raw, Miz once again unsuccessfully challenged Ziggler for the Intercontinental title in a triple-threat match also involving Cesaro. After defeating Sheamus several times with the help of Mizdow, Miz challenged him for the United States Championship at Hell in a Cell, but was unsuccessful.
At Survivor Series, Miz and Mizdow won the WWE Tag Team Championship by winning a Fatal-4-Way match against defending champions Gold and Stardust, The Usos and Los Matadores. The next night on Raw, Miz and Mizdow retained the titles against Gold and Stardust. Miz and Mizdow then entered into a feud with The Usos; Miz interacted with Jimmy Uso's wife Naomi, offering to connect her with a Hollywood producer to distribute her music video. At TLC, The Usos defeated Miz and Mizdow by disqualification after Miz hit Jimmy Uso with a Slammy Award. On the December 29 episode of Raw, Miz and Mizdow lost the titles to The Usos. Miz and Mizdow were unsuccessful in regaining the championship in rematches on the January 9 episode of SmackDown and at the Royal Rumble. Miz was the first entrant in the Rumble match, and was eliminated by Bubba Ray Dudley. Mizdow entered at number 21, where Miz tried to take Mizdow's spot, only for Roman Reigns to push him off the apron, allowing Mizdow to enter before quickly being eliminated by Rusev. On the February 9 episode of Raw, Miz fired Mizdow as his stunt double after Mizdow began to gain more attention from fans, though he quickly rehired Mizdow as his personal assistant. Mizdow then ceased being his assistant during WrestleMania 31. The Miz's film The Marine 4: Moving Target was released in April but he disrespected co-star Summer Rae, who sided with Mizdow. On the April 20 episode of Raw, Miz defeated Mizdow in a match where the winner retained the Miz brand, with help from Rae, whom Miz was planning with from the start.
After Big Show and Miz interfered in each other's Intercontinental Championship matches against Ryback, all three wrestled for the title at SummerSlam, where Miz was defeated. At Survivor Series, Miz competed in a traditional five-on-five elimination tag team match alongside The Cosmic Wasteland and Bo Dallas in a losing effort against The Dudley Boyz, Goldust, Neville and Titus O'Neil.
Miz wrestled in a seven-man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 32, which was won by Zack Ryder. On the post-WrestleMania episode of Raw, Miz won the championship for the fifth time, after his wife Maryse made her return and distracted Ryder. Three days later on SmackDown, Miz retained his championship by defeating Ryder in a rematch, with Maryse interfering once more. Miz and Maryse then began to cut various promos during the "Miz TV" segments, while calling themselves the "It" couple. On May 1 at Payback, Miz defeated Cesaro to retain his championship. On May 22 at Extreme Rules, Miz successfully retained the championship against Cesaro, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens in a highly acclaimed fatal-4 way match, when Miz pinned Cesaro. 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. 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. 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. 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. On October 9, at No Mercy, Miz lost the Intercontinental Championship to Ziggler in a title vs career match after Maryse and The Spirit Squad (Kenny and Mikey), were ejected from ringside, ending Miz's reign at 188 days. On the SmackDown after No Mercy, the spirit squad lost to Ziggler in a 2 on 1 handicap match, which the Miz would attack Ziggler after the match, Ziggler was saved by SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Heath Slater and Rhyno. On the October 18th episode of SmackDown, Miz and the Spirit Squad defeated Ziggler, Slater and Rhyno. The Miz initially refused Ziggler's offer for a rematch for the Intercontinental title, but on November 8 episode of SmackDown, Maryse went on to speak in Miz's name due Miz refuse to speak with the Daniel Bryan. At that night, Maryse accepted Bryan's offer to Miz face Ziggler the following week for the Intercontinental Championship in the 900th episode of SmackDown. Later that night, Bryan would state on Talking Smack that if Ziggler successfully retains his championship, The Miz and Maryse would be traded to Raw for someone else. On SmackDown's 900th episode on November 15, Maryse helped Miz to win the championship for the sixth time. Miz would go on to defend the title against Raw's Sami Zayn at Survivor Series, where Miz would defeat Zayn after Maryse prematurely rang the bell, causing a distraction. On the November 22 episode of SmackDown, Miz successfully retained his championship against Kalisto after Kalisto was distracted by Baron Corbin and later Miz himself was attacked by Ziggler. Later that night, General Manager Daniel Bryan scheduled The Miz to defend his championship against Ziggler at TLC in a ladder match which Miz won, thus ending their feud.
On the following SmackDown, Miz again had a successful title defense against Dean Ambrose after interference from Maryse and distraction from James Ellsworth. The week after, Miz failed to become the number one contender for the WWE Championship after being the first man to be eliminated from a fatal-four way elimination match also involving Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, and Luke Harper. At Tribute to the Troops, Apollo Crews, with the help of comedian Gabriel Iglesias, defeated The Miz in a non-title match, earning the right to face Miz for the Intercontinental Championship the following week. On the December 20 episode of SmackDown, Miz retained the title against Crews. After the match he was interviewed by Renee Young who slapped him for sarcastically revealing Young's real life relationship with Dean Ambrose. On the January 3 episode of SmackDown, Miz lost the Intercontinental Championship to Ambrose despite interference from Maryse.
On the January 10 episode of SmackDown, Miz announced his participation in the Royal Rumble match.
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. 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. In 2012, he was on MDA Show of Strength with Maryse and other celebrities. In March 2013 he hosted the Kids Choice Awards with Maryse and The Rock.
In 2016, Mizanin guest starred in Supernatural as a wrestler named Shawn Harley in an organization targeted by a demon.
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.
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|Dolph Ziggler (Career)||The Miz (Title)||Sacramento, California||No Mercy||October 9, 2016||As a consequense, Dolph Ziggler became the WWE Intercontinental Champion|
the swinging corner clothesline.
Miz hit a back breaker/neck breaker combination.
Miz escaped and hit a back breaker/neck breaker combination.
Miz aped Bryan’s kicks to the chest of Ambrose.
He says that he will show Kofi why he is the most must see WWE Superstar.
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