The Miz: Does He Have a Future as a WWE Color Commentator?

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The Miz: Does He Have a Future as a WWE Color Commentator?
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When The Miz stops wrestling, he should have no trouble making the transition to commentary. 

The Miz got an opportunity behind the announce desk on Raw. Though not a polished product, he showed great potential.

In spite of its awesomeness, Miz's commentary stint received some criticism.

Geno Mrosko on cagesideseats.com said, "The Miz on commentary was ... well, let's just say he's not good at anything he does on WWE TV.

Jim Ross proved very diplomatic in his assessment of Miz's announcing.

He said on his blog, "@MikeTheMiz did as well as one could do Monday night on RAW with likely little notice and preparation."

That statement borders on backhanded compliment territory. 

We have to look past just the one-night partnership with Michael Cole. He demonstrated that he has the skills to succeed at the announce table.

Miz's talent on interviews and promos may have had some people assuming he'd transition effortlessly into color commentary. It's a different game, one that Miz is just a rookie in.

He certainly needs work with leading into commercials and not stepping on his partner's lines, but those are nuances that he would learn if given the role on a long-term basis. 

The work he did in order to transform himself from reality show semi-celebrity to WWE Superstar is clear evidence of his determination and work ethic.

 

Should he apply that same effort into becoming a top-notch commentator, then why couldn't he be successful in that arena?

What that hard work and experience would amplify is Miz's charisma and comic timing. His Raw announcing gig helped display those traits.   

As a wrestler, his character can be cloying.

His mic work sometimes feels like a cycle of catchphrases. On commentary, though, Miz showed us how truly entertaining he can be.    

He was the right mix of endearing and annoying.

Miz was refreshingly funny, especially during the "Hug it Out" segment. He seemed not only comfortable in the commentary role, but seemed to be genuinely having fun.

He worked beyond the generic biased heel routine, giving credit where it was due to wrestlers both heel and face.

If he is able to maintain that wildness—that goofy, relatable aura that he exuded on Raw—then he has a second career waiting for him.   

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