Myth of the Miz: How He Made the WWE Fans into Fools
I will be the first to admit when I am wrong.
Unlike a sports analyst on ESPN, if I am wrong, I will let you know, rather then change the subject and move onto another topic.
Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, thus far, has proved me wrong.
I never took the guy from Real World seriously. When he was defeated by Daniel Puter in the finals of the Tough Enough competition, I thought we had seen the last of Miz, and I was glad.
However, after moving up in the ranks in Deep South Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling, he worked his way onto Smackdown in a hosting gimmick.
After hosting the Divas Search, his hosting gimmick fizzled out and he began his in-ring career. Starting off cocky from the beginning, he preached how he was undefeated after beating the likes of Tatanka, Matt Hardy, Scotty 2 Hotty, and Funaki.
A fued with the Boogey Man ended his winning streak, with a loss at the 2006 Armageddon pay-per-view.
However, it seemed the in-ring character of Miz started off on a good path and could potentially have a bright future. I still wasn't convinced.
Early 2007 saw The Miz being drafted to Smackdown and teaming with John Morrison to become the Tag Team Champions.
Miz and Morrison would hold the titles for nearly a year before dropping them to Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder at the 2008 Great American Bash.
The year 2009 brought The Miz to Monday Night Raw following a Raw draft pick, thus ending the team of Miz and Morrison, as he attacked his former partner after being selected to Raw.
Miz become the United States Champion after defeating Kofi Kingston on an October episode of Raw.
He would hold the title for the better part of 2010 before returning legend Bret Hart defeated Miz for the strap. Miz would later recapture the title from R-Truth in a Fatal Four Way match on Raw in June. He still holds the title today.
However, overshadowing his second United States title run, is the fact that he won the first ever Raw Money In The Bank match outside of WrestleMania.
In July, WWE held its first ever Money In The Bank pay-per-view, featuring two main events, a contract for a World Title shot on Smackdown, and a contract for the WWE Championship on Raw.
The Miz defeated the likes of Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Evan Bourne, Ted DiBiase, Edge, Mark Henry, and his former parter John Morrison to go against the odds as one of the least likely contenders to win the briefcase.
Miz is yet to cash in his briefcase as we head into the later part of 2010, but could very well cash it in at any moment. Whether he is successful at cashing in his contract or not, The Miz has a bright future in the WWE if he keeps his head on straight and becomes a better employee off camera. If he does what he is told and is patient, he can be a main eventer for years to come.
It is Miz's charisma and mic work that has really won me over recently. I have never liked him, but he is growing on me, and I was wrong about his career to this point.A lot of legends are growing old and bowing out to newer stars, it has to happen at some point, you can't stop father time.
The Miz looks to be a part of your WWE viewing for many years to come. You don't have to like him, but you are going to have to deal with it.Thanks for reading my article.
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