The Miz was a recent guest on Uncool With Alexa Bliss and recalled an embarrassing situation where he forgot his line on RAW while promoting the 2006 Diva Search. He revealed he completely blanked and began to panic, but luckily, a producer was on top of it and he cued someone’s music to bail him out of the situation.
“I forgot the phone number at the Diva Search and I was the host of the show, and I literally forgot everything,” Miz recalled. “When you’re a host and you don’t have cue cards, you don’t have a teleprompter, you’re just out there and if you forget the phone number that everyone has to call to vote in on, guess what? That’s not a good thing, and it’s not like it was on a board or anything like that I can actually read off of. When that happens, you get this kind of knot in your stomach, you get a panic, you get a cold sweat going, and I never felt that before in my life. And when that happened, I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ This is what happened, and I froze.
“Everything just went white and I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ and thank God that the producers played someone’s music because I was like, ‘I’m gone; I have nowhere else to go,” Miz added. “I couldn’t do anything, and it was the most embarrassing thing and I’ll never forget it. I went up to Vince and I go, ‘That will never happen again. I am so sorry,’ and he goes, ‘No, I know it will never happen again. You will work on it.’ And I worked, and I worked, and I worked, and sometimes, I still get those moments of, ‘Oh my God. I don’t know what to say,’ but then it just ends up happening.”
Later in the conversation, Miz revealed what advice he’d like to give to his younger self. He said he’d just tell his younger self to stay calm and figure out what he wants, and figure out what tools are needed to get there.
“Everything’s going to be okay. Just keep doing what you’re doing,” Miz said. “Keep positive, focus on what you want and go after it, find the tools that you need. And I’ve told this, by the way, to my friends who are always — my friends from high school are always near and dear to me, and so we always have very in-depth conversations. And sometimes, we were like, ‘Yeah, I’m not sure I want to do this.’ Some of them are like, ‘I want to do what you’re doing. I want to be behind the scenes’. ‘Well, what are you doing to do that?’ When I figured out what I wanted, I said, ‘Okay, I want to be a WWE Superstar.’ I’m six foot nothing, I’m 200 and nothing pounds.
“I am not the quintessential WWE Superstar, especially back then,” Miz continued. “Back then, it was 6’7, 280 pounds of solid muscle. What are the tools that I can get for myself that can get me to where I need to be? I said I need a nutritionist, and I didn’t have money by the way. I literally found a guy that would write me meal plans for a hundred bucks a month, and so, I would work my butt off doing speaking engagements from The Real World while trying to live in LA. I was also in UPW, an independent wrestling school, I was in improv classes at The Groundlings and Improve Olympics, I was in acting classes, and to top it all off, I would find speaking engagements where I can speak in front of a large audience so I can figure out how to motivate an audience and how to guide an audience.
“So, what would I tell my young self?” Miz asked. “Just keep doing what you’re doing, and find out what you want, and find the tools that you need to get there.”
Going in a little deeper on taking improv classes, Miz said he took those classes to help him become a WWE Superstar.
“Well, fast forward four years later, I was in Los Angeles and I was taking acting classes, improv classes, and taking classes at UPW, trying to become a WWE Superstar,” Miz recalled. “So, I mean, it just goes to show that even if you don’t do it in school, you can still do it later on.”
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Mehdy Labriny contributed to this article.