"'I will do whatever I possibly can do to win,' and now I'm still that same exact person and I'm still cocky and arrogant but now I feel like I'm their cocky and arrogant person."
That's a direct quote from a recent interview The Miz did with Busted Open radio (via prowrestling.net). That's also a really big problem.
The Miz himself says that he's "still that exact same person," and that's a huge issue here because he can't be the exact same person anymore. He's no longer a heel, so he can't be the exact same character he's been throughout his career because that character isn't very likable.
Yet, that's exactly what The Miz has done.
Whereas Alberto Del Rio became more loyal and humble when he turned face (showing concern for Ricardo Rodriguez, ditching the fancy cars, etc.), The Miz has made virtually no adjustments to his character.
The thing is, he can't afford to do that because his heel character was so unlikable that he was going to need to make some substantial changes to get the vast majority of the fans to genuinely like him.
Although The Miz gets decent pops here and there, he mostly gets only a slight reaction, and that's because he hasn't changed his character whatsoever since turning face. In some cases, a superstar might be able to do that, but The Miz obviously can't.
He needs to do something, anything that makes him come across more like a face than a heel, because he's still way too heel-like. He's arrogant and obnoxious, which are two characteristics a babyface shouldn't have.
The Miz must change this ASAP, or his failing face turn may never turn around.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!