The Miz Talks About His Favorite Wrestlers Growing Up, His Start & More
On planning a career in pro wrestling while on the Real World: When I got on the Real World, I really didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. I kinda had that mentality where you finish high school, then you go on to college, you go back to where you grew up, you get a family, you get a job. That's your life. That's what's gonna happen. But then I realized I could do anything I wanted with my life. And I said, "I wanna be a WWE Superstar."
On his start with pro wrestling: I moved to Los Angeles and I enrolled in an independent wrestling school called UPW. Everyone thinks I just went from a reality show to the WWE contract. That wasn't the case. I had to earn my stripes for three years on the independent circuit. Finally, I got on a show called Tough Enough, which offered a WWE contract to the winner. I didn't win, but I impressed the execs enough that they gave me a developmental contract. It was actually a blessing in diguise 'cause the winner of Tough Enough is no longer with the WWE and I sit here as a former Unified WWE Tag Team Champion.
Being a wrestling fan as a kid: I was a huge wrestling fan as a kid. I loved tag team wrestlers like the Rockers, Demolition, Legion of Doom, and the Bushwhackers.
Wrestlers he hated growing up: I didn't like the Iron Sheik. No one liked the Sheik.
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