Friday, December 17, 2010

The Miz: From The Real World to Wrestling Champ

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Back in the day when we used to be devoted Real World followers, we were always amused by Mike Mizanin from the 2001 Back to New York installment. After all the beefy lug-head would wander around the hip NYC brownstone pretending to be a pro wrestler. He even dubbed himself “The Miz.” Never in our wildest imaginations would we have thought the RW tough but pretty boy would ever actually step into the ring let alone become the reigning WWE Champion.

Apparently we weren’t the only ones who felt that way. In a recent conference call interview we asked The Miz if his Real World co-stars believed he’d rise to the top of the pro-wrestling ranks one day. He pondered the question, “I don’t think anyone thought I would… whether it was roommates, WWE Universe, reporters, media, myself included, I don’t even think Vince McMahon thought I’d ever be a WWE Champion when I first started or when I was on The Real World. I mean nobody could have saw this happening.’”

Still a boy could dream. And that’s just what Mizanin did. He told us, “It’s funny because on The Real World I had this plastic title that I bought at a costume shop called “The Reality Championship Title.” And now ten years later I have the real thing.

Contrary to what wrestling fans might think, the Miz has a heart, too. This Saturday night at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. Central NBC is airing WWE Tribute to the Troops. In the tradition of the old Bob Hope USO shows, the special salutes the brave men and women who are defending the U.S.A. Besides the wrestling stars taking to the ring on the special, viewers will be treated to appearances by Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Trace Adkins and Diddy-Dirty Money.

And don’t be fooled. The Miz may be a big celeb these days but that doesn’t mean he still doesn’t get a little star-struck. He explained, “P. Diddy walked into a place everyone turns and everyone knows he’s there because he is sitting there going, ‘Hey, Diddy’s here. I need attention. I need attention.’ He is a star, a bona fide star. This guy is incredible. Just how many people are around him. And usually when… there is 13, 14 people around you, you get lost in the shuffle. Not Diddy he’s a star.”

So, finally, is the Miz.

Tune in to catch the Miz in the ring during the WWE Tribute to the Troops on Saturday night at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. Central on NBC.

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