|By Raj Giri||March 13, 2013 | Comments|
On the perception that he's the 'reality TV guy': "I think now more than ever, especially with Flair being in my corner and kind of mentoring me, I think now I have the biggest microscope on me because it's like, wait a second, this guy is still an outsider. I still consider myself an outsider.
"It's not that I haven't gotten over it. I feel like the fans haven't yet, as in, the older fans. The kids, sure. The kids have gotten over it. They don't even know that I was on the Real World. They know me as Miz from WWE. But I feel like guys your age probably, still, no matter what, will always have that chip on their shoulder about me, no matter what. I mean, when I was main eventing Wrestlemania I guarantee everyone was like, 'well why is this guy doing it, why is The Miz getting these opportunities'?
"Any time a superstar is main eventing Wrestlemania, if you're not jealous, mad, angry that you're not in that spot, then there's something wrong with you and you shouldn't be in WWE.
On main-eventing Wrestlemania 27: "My take on that Wrestlemania was I was getting an opportunity of a lifetime. I was getting my childhood dream. I wanted to be that guy in the main event of Wrestlemania and I was getting that opportunity. Was I nervous? Was I scared that I was going to fail? Absolutely. I think anyone in that position would be. But I was also very confident in myself, knowing me, I will work harder than anybody, I will do whatever it takes to be successful in this industry and make sure that people say, 'you know what? That was awesome.' And I don't remember my Wrestlemania moment because I was concussed. I got tackled off of a table onto the concrete and I don't remember anything, I do remember being victorious, but the moment that I will always have with me is this moment. And right before I was coming out, they did this amazing video package of just my entire career, of people telling me that I wasn't going to make it. It was just an incredible video. I do my entrance, I get into the ring, I hold the WWE Championship up, then Cena's entrance happens. During that entrance, I'm black, nobody's seeing me, nobody's looking at me, I see my ten best friends sitting in the front row. The friends that I watched in my living room, Wrestlemania after Wrestlemania, all watching me in the main event with my WWE championship and me looking at them and going, 'we did it.' That is my moment. No one will ever be able to take that away from me and that was what it was all about."
On whether the push was too fast or too soon: "I don't think it was too soon at all. I think I was hot right then and there. I was at my pinnacle, if you will, and it all came to point when I won the WWE Championship and retained it at Wrestlemania. But do I ever think I'll be it again? Absolutely. Every year I'm working hard to basically be in that position and sometimes you get it and other times you don't. It's timing, it's luck, it's skill. So many things get involved to being in that main event. You have to peak at the perfect time, and sometimes you're not peaking at the right time. Sometimes you're peaking when mania isn't around. But that's when you want to peak. You're training for it, you're dieting, you're working hard in the ring. Every time we go out there on Monday Night Raw, I'm thinking of new ways that I can possibly get this audience to either love me or hate me. It's so hard. But the thing is; you love it. Because you want people like you guys, on Busted Open radio, talking about it the next day. Whether it's good or bad, I don't care, as long as you're talking about me, so be it.
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