23 Friendly Facts Of The Miz

1. Michael Gregory “Mike” Mizanin (born October 8, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, reality television star, and actor.

2. He is signed to WWE, where he performs under the ring name The Miz.

3. Mizanin first gained fame as a cast member on MTV’s The Real World: Back to New York, which first aired in 2001, and its spinoff series, Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

4. He later entered the fourth season of Tough Enough, a televised competition which awarded the winner a WWE contract, and became the first runner-up.

5. Mizanin trained and wrestled in independent/developmental territories Ultimate Pro Wrestling, Deep South Wrestling, and Ohio Valley Wrestling prior to appearing in WWE.

6. Mizanin became host of the annual WWE Diva Search competition in 2006.

7. Following his hosting duties, Mizanin made his wrestling debut in September 2006, as a villain who went undefeated for three months until he was defeated by The Boogeyman at Armageddon.

8. In 2007, Miz was drafted from SmackDown! to the ECW brand, where he formed a partnership with John Morrison, and as a team would go on to win both the WWE Tag Team Championship and World Tag Team Championship.

9. The Miz was then drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2009 WWE draft.

10. In July 2010, he won the Raw Money in the Bank ladder match at the first-ever WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view, earning a contract for a WWE Championship match.

11. He cashed it in November on Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship, which he went on to hold for six months.

12. In 2011, The Miz was ranked number one on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual PWI 500 list.

13. In total, The Miz has won 13 championships in WWE (one WWE, four Intercontinental, two U.S., and six Tag Team), is the 25th Triple Crown Champion in company history, the 14th Grand Slam Champion, and (along with John Morrison) won the 2008 Tag Team of the Year Slammy Award.

14. After a seven-year-long absence from The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Mizanin returned to the reality show on April 4, 2012, as the host of The Battle of the Exes season finale event and Reunion special.

15. It marked the first time The Miz appeared on the series since becoming a main event WWE superstar.

16. It was during an episode of The Real World that Mizanin first displayed an alter ego known as “The Miz”. In contrast to Mizanin’s usually placid demeanor, The Miz was angry, combative, and headstrong.

17. Mizanin later realized that “The Miz” would make an excellent professional wrestling gimmick.

18. In 2004, he appeared on the Bravo reality show Battle of the Network Reality Stars, where his team finished second.

19. Mizanin was also a contestant in the “Reality Stars” episode of Fear Factor. His partner was his former girlfriend and cast mate, Trishelle Cannatella, and the two won the competition.

20. He also appeared as a guest star in a March 2012 episode of Psych.

21. On March 31, Miz appeared in the first ever Slime Wrestling World Championship at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, losing to the Big Show which resulted in him being thrown into a tub of slime.

22. In 2013 Miz along with Francia Raisa were in a movie together called Christmas Bounty.

23. Pursuing the goal of becoming a professional wrestler, Mizanin joined Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW), where he trained in the Ultimate University.

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