Miz Talks About If WWE Is 'Watered Down,' If CM Punk's Promos Are Staged & More

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Miz Talks About If WWE Is 'Watered Down,' If CM Punk's Promos Are Staged & More
As noted earlier, The Miz was interviewed on WOIO, the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, OH. Here are more highlights from the interview:

Being on the receiving end of a Rock bottom: "To be completely honest with you, being in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden with millions watching at home - I blame R-Truth for everything, hence the reason on Monday Night Raw I left him laying in a puddle of his own drool."

Staring across the ring and seeing The Rock: "What I really wanted to do in the ring was not only prove that I'm on his level butů It's cool to idolize someone but it's even cooler to surpass your idol and be better than him. So that's what I planned on bringing to The Rock, to Team Bring It, to the captain of Team Bring It, to the big movie star. It's been seven years since he's been in the ring. That's a huge, huge moment - not only for The Rock but for me because I get to share that. I'm one of those people that not only do I want to share that but I want to outshine him as well. If you can outshine The Rock, you can outshine anybody and I've outshined everybody now.

"I'm better than The Rock, better than John Cena. I am the icon in the WWE. When you look at a face, it's not CM Punk. It's the Miz."

CM Punk claiming to be the best wrestler in the world: "So did Chris Jericho. He's no longer in the WWE. There are so many people that have said, 'I'm the best in the world.' The thing is I never claim that I'm the best in the world. I just prove it each and every time I go out in the ring."

If CM Punk's promos are staged: "I don't know. With CM Punk you don't know and that's the best part about CM Punk. You really don't know what's on a script, what's coming from his head. I'll tell you one thing - just by knowing CM Punk, he is the type of person that is very witty, very on the top of his head, on top of his game and when he says he's the best in the world, honestly, he is very, very, very good."

Zack Ryder's popularity: I want to ask you -who were the first people who let Zach Ryder put his phrase out on air? [It was Miz and John Morrison] Do you know where 'woo woo woo you know it' was created? This is Zach Ryder's catchphrase. 'Woo woo woo you know it', which is the stupidest catch phrase of all time. However, people are starting to get into it. The first time he ever did that was when we were all in a bar in Loreto. Zach Ryder started doing this, 'woo woo woo woo we woo woo' and it was the most annoying thing we ever heard in our life. Me and Morrison go, 'We're putting him on the Dirt Sheet and he's doing that. He goes, "Okay bro. Bro, I'll do it, bro. Let's do it, bro. Woo woo. Woo woo we woo.'

"It started there and now he has progressed to have his own internet show, Z! True Long Island Story, which is getting a cult following. Once 10 people of a group start chanting something, the entire arena will start because they're a bunch of followers. Me, I like to be a leader. I like to be the person that starts things. So the fact that Zach Ryder is now one of the people that is a fan favorite is amazing to me. He did it on his own. He was going to get fired; he was on the cutting list and he said, 'You know what, if I'm going out then I'm going out with a bang,' and you have to respect that. Now granted he will be on the receiving end of a beat down if he ever steps in my way because nobody ever steps in my way."

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