Awesome / The Miz

  • 11/22/10: First and most significantly: cashing in his MITB contract on Randy Orton and becoming the new WWE Champion!
  • This promo. A lot of it is a shoot, and it stands as one of the best promos The Miz has ever given, and a testament to the amount of hazing and humiliation he had to endure to get to where he is now.
  • TLC 2010. After a long and grueling battle, The Miz manages to hang onto his WWE Championship against an enraged Randy Orton with not just one, but TWO of the most dastardly and underhanded ways possible. And both of them involving his manservant A-Ry getting arbitrarily used as a punching bag. Surely a Crowning Moment of AWE-Some.
  • The first match of 2011 was the Miz vs John Morrison. It was so AWEEE~EEESOME that a few are saying that it could be a possible Match of the Year candidate!
    • More importantly, it was for all intents and purposes Miz's first clean win as champion. While Alex Riley would try to get involved, Morrison just kicked his ass after the first couples of minutes, forcing Miz to win all by himself.
  • Having a match against Daniel Bryan on the last RAW before Elimination Chamber 2011, and after getting his ass kicked in all of their other matches, he finally managed to get a decisive clean win against him.
  • The 3-7-11 RAW. John Cena is continuing the verbal feud between himself and The Rock - which essentially means that Miz, in-universe, has been Demoted to Extra despite being scheduled to headline WrestleMania in a match with Cena for the WWE Championship. Miz, naturally, is less than thrilled about this, so he ostensibly decides to boycott RAW until his WrestleMania match, or when people start paying attention to him instead of Cena/Rock. Until Cena tries to cut the promo at the end of the show. In comes Miz out of nowhere, bashes Cena's face in twice with the championship belt, and follows that shocking action with a blistering promo that railed on the fanbase for disrespecting him and featured this epic Badass Boast that actually channeled a bit of heel!Rocky himself:
    The Miz: Hello, Rock. We haven't been properly introduced. I'm The Miz - the WWE Champion and star of Wrestlemania. You, on the other hand, are only the host of WrestleMania, so you should know your role and be the best Ryan Seacrest that you can be! ...And if you have the guts to show up to RAW or Wrestlemania, let me tell you exactly what will happen. I will take your little eyebrow, your 45 catchphrases, your sunglasses, your father, your grandfather, roll 'em up into a ball, flip it sideways, and stick it STRAIGHT UP YOUR CANDY-ASS!! Because I'm The Miz, and I'M...
    • Then he stops mid-sentence and turns to look at Cena, who is still trying to pick himself up off the ground. He drags Cena to his feet and plants him with a Skull Crushing Finale. Then he stands over Cena, rips off one of his armbands and chucks it, flails his arms a couple of times. Then he drops the fucking People's Elbow on John Cena, picks up the mic, and rounds off the promo and the show by roaring one final word: AAAAAAAAWWWWWWEEEEEEESSSSSOOOOMMMMMEEEEE!!!!!
  • The Miz was the first wrestler in 2 years to hold the WWE Championship for more than 100 days. That has to say something.
  • The amazing video package that detailed his rise to stardom amidst footage of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and The Rock was among the very best the production team has ever done. This was followed by Miz and Alex Riley busting out of inflatable AWESOME letters on the stage and doing his trademark entrance pose amidst a shower of fireworks.
  • In his match for the WWE Championship against John Cena on Wrestlemania 27 and the subsequent rematch, the Miz actually managed to kick out of The Attitude Adjustment when John was in full-blown SuperCena mode.
  • Having a good Match with Jerry Lawler, in 2011!
  • Nearly winning the titular ladder match at Money In the Bank 2011 for a second year in a row? Why is this a Moment of Awesome? Because he spent most of the match in the back after dislocating his kneecap, hobbled down the ramp to the ring while everyone else was on the ground, and in that short window, nearly managed to take the briefcase out from under the noses of seven other competitors.
  • Miz vs Rey Mysterio Jr., RAW 7/25/11. Holy crap, who thought Miz had a match like that in him?
  • On 7/22/11, the Miz and R-Truth officially form their alliance against the conspiracy against them in grand fashion. First they beat up Santino Marella, and then they cut a contender for promo of the year in which they accused everyone involved in the Summerslam main event controversy of conspiring against them and ripping on the crowd for their infernal WHAT chants. This needs to be seen to be believed.
  • Hell In A Cell 2011, Miz and R-Truth after being fired comes back after Alberto Del Rio pinned CM Punk for the WWE Championship and beat the everloving hell out of Rio, Punk, John Cena, the cameramen, two referees, all whilst the rest of the locker room try to open the Hell In A Cell to get Miz and R-Truth, eventually they get arrested, but damn Miz and R-Truth showed they mean business, also adding to the fact that they knocked out Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne earlier on in the evening.
  • After leaving for several weeks to film a movie, after spending several months as something of a bit player on the WWE roster, Miz wins the Intercontinental Title from Christian in his first singles match back in months, becoming the twenty-fifth Triple Crown Champion in the process.
  • After performing a HeelĖFace Turn, he gives CM Punk a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, managing to goad him into taking a lie detector test.
  • After losing a match against Dolph Ziggler on the 12/28/12 SmackDown, Miz cuts a promo from on the mat tearing down AJ Lee's Really Gets Around tendencies. Naturally, this pisses off Ziggler, who heads back down to the ring to teach Miz a lesson. Before Ziggler can strike the first blow, Miz, from his back, brains Ziggler with the mic in his hand and goes to town on him.
  • A crowning Promoted Fanboy moment for Miz on Raw's 20th Anniversary, not only getting to introduce and talk to "Nature Boy" Ric Flair on Miz TV, but doing the strut and getting to cinch in the Figure-Four Leg Lock on Antonio Cesaro, at the behest of "Naitch" himself!
  • On the 2/4/13 Raw, Miz got to put down a foiled phony trick made by Paul Heyman and Vickie Guerrero, giving them both a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to boot.
  • On the Raw after Jerry Lawler's mother passed away, The Miz offered his genuine condolences to Lawler and told him he hoped it wouldn't affect their match... and he was a heel at the time!
  • Recently got engaged to Maryse; let's let MVP's Tweet speak for itself:
    So the kid from Parma Ohio achieves his dream of becoming WWE champion & marries the French Playboy playmate/model. Dreams come true!!!
    • And now Miz and Maryse are married. That…luckyÖbastard.
  • 7/19/13: On MizTV, Miz, rather than zip off a few one-liners at his guest Paul Heyman's expense, opens up the floor to him, and Heyman proceeds to advise CM Punk to stay down and away from WWE or face Brock Lesnar's wrath. Once he's done, Miz finally does speak, delivering a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech that actually leaves Heyman speechless and has the crowd give him a small, but hearty standing ovation:
    Miz: I understand now why you lie...because when you tell the truth, and you show your real self, it's even uglier than the liar we've come to know and hate. I'm revolted by your face, by your tone of voice, by your frame of mind. I'm revolted by the fact that you swore on your children and STILL LIED!
    • A Meaningful Echo of sorts touches it off nicely, as Miz simply drops the mic with a thud after his speech to a stunned Heyman, not unlike what Punk would do after one of his "pipe bombs."
  • On the 10/7/13 edition of Raw, he actually manages to be the first person to evade a Wyatt Family beatdown through sheer Genre Savvy. He even manages to get a few punches into Bray before escaping.
  • On the 8/24/15 edition of Raw, during the banal Miz TV segment covering the Diva's Revolution, the Miz does his "When my hand goes up your mouth goes shut!" shtick on the Divas that has the crowd cheering because they couldn't stand another second of the segment. He then says to the cheering crowd, "And that goes for all of you!" in true heel fashion, eliciting boos. It was a boring segment, and the Miz took the crowd from completely bored, to cheering him, to booing him in about 3 seconds.
  • On 2/5/16, AJ Styles knocked the Miz's tooth out (actually a crown or veneer) with a spinning back fist. From there, in a 97.9/105.5 KISS FM's KISS KREW interview, AJ puts Miz over, stating that he's one of the "toughest cats" he'd ever come across and he's a tough dude that deserves respect.
  • On 2/21/16, Mick Foley admits that the Miz is really good on a Facebook post of his, crediting him for helping the rise of stars like Bryan Danielson and AJ Styles with his segments with them. This after declaring a few weeks before that every time there's a Miz "wrestling" match going on, it's time to do the laundry.
  • On the Extreme Rules 2016 PPV, the Miz had arguably his first 4.5-star match, battling in a Fatal 4-Way against Cesaro, Sami Zayn, and Kevin Owens for his Intercontinental Championship. He showed he can hang with all the Indy Darlings while still wrestling the soft WWE style... and win.
  • 8/23/16: On Talking Smack, SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan said that he thinks Miz wrestles like a coward. The reigning Intercontinental Champion was having none of it, delivering a "Reason You Suck" Speech that was so brutal that even the Smarks weren't sure if it was a work, shoot, or Worked Shoot.
    • To further add to the example he completely shut Daniel Bryan down to the point that not only did he not have a comeback, but he just completely walked off the set. Even better? The following week, Bryan admitted that Miz was right.
    • Then, on a Washington Post interview, Daniel also confesses that while he hates the way the Miz wrestles, he admits that Mizanin is a hard worker, he has a huge amount of respect for him, and he wants him to do well.
    • Jim Ross outlines what makes the Miz's promo work on his blog post about it. He says it contains the "I'm Not Working You" feel that resonates to fans far more than scripted promos ever could. As J.R. said, the Miz kicked some verbal ass.
    • Even Mick Foley was impressed with the Miz for that promo, posting on Facebook that he could never make the Miz the butt of a joke again.
    • Within the span of 11 months, the Don Tony & Kevin Castle Show went from saying the Miz can't cut a promo due to his boring segment with Cesaro to giving Miz props for his Talking Smack promo and noting that Daniel Bryan isn't able to hang with him on the mic.
  • His IC Title vs. Career match with Dolph at No Mercy 2016. While Miz lost, both men's performances were near-unanimously praised, and the match itself was considered by many fans to be as good as if not better than the earlier triple threat match with Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles and John Cena. Think about that.
    • In the match itself the crowd are so into it they give duelling "Let's Go Ziggler/Let's Go Miz!" chants - with the latter actually louder and notably deeper, indicating a significant portion of the "smart" fans chose to cheer Miz, whose rep with smark fans has been dirt for a lot of his career. Even Miz stops for a second during the match when those chants hit, like he genuinely can't believe what he's hearing.
  • Even many of his detractors will admit that the majority of his 2016 IC Title run has been pretty good. Not only have his matches with Dolph Ziggler been decent quality and shown him hit new heelish lows to draw heat, but he's simultaneously been carrying on an angle/rivalry of sorts with Daniel Bryan, which included the promo above, which is widely considered to have been one of Miz's best in years, if not his best ever.
    • Normally, when the audience mocks the heel for crying, it was all over for his credibility as a serious competitor. However, when the audience mocked the Miz for footage of him almost crying after losing the Intercontinental Championship to Dolph Ziggler, he managed to come up with a promo for the ages that shut both Dolph and the audience up.
      Miz: You think this is funny? (Dolph mouths, "A little bit.") I bet you and Daniel Bryan had a good laugh at that. But let me tell you something about that face (points to himself at the Titantron). That face is me seeing everything I worked for, everything I sacrificed, getting ripped away from me. You think this is funny? It's not funny. I take it very, very...
      *Crowd chants, "YOU WERE CRYING!" (Clap Clap ClapClapClap)*
      Dolph: It's true.
      Miz: You people wouldn't know what passion, pain, and sacrifice is and neither would you (points to Dolph).
      Dolph: Yeah, they would! They just sat through...!
      Miz: NO THEY DON'T! SHUT YOUR MOUTH! I TAKE THIS VERY, VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY! And if you think, if you think, for one second, that I did anything, I did everything to keep that (title), just imagine, imagine what I will do to get it back!
  • Miz taunting Renee Young about her relationship with Dean Ambrose on the Dec 20th edition of SmackDown.
  • Miz effectively countering Cena's claim that his entire character and move set are ripoffs, stating that could be said for just about any wrestler, past or present, including Cena himself:
    Miz: "When John Cena first came to WWE, he stole his identity from every white kid with an identity crisis in the 90s. He was a cross between Marky Mark and Vanilla Ice...but wait, there's more! The Attitude Adjustment? Used to be called the Death Valley Driver, John Cena stole it from Tommy Dreamer. (*mock gasp*) John Cena stealing a move from someone? But wait, there's more! He stole his girlfriend from Dolph Ziggler. (*even bigger mock gasp*) Whaaaat?! Nooooo, not our hero John Cena, he wouldn't do that...but wait, there's morrrre! He stole his last t-shirt design from a beer company, but you know what, we applaud John Cena, we love Cena because Cena's that 'good old guy'...
  • According to a conference call made by Triple H, the Miz is currently the best on the mic in the current roster. He also said he would be very surprised if the Miz wasn't World Champion in under a year.
  • When asked which matches he was looking forward to the most with his call-up to the main roster, Indy Darling Samoa Joe of all people sings high praises of the Miz, saying he learned that Mizanin was an "unsung talent" that's able to get a "polarizing reaction" from fans, which is a skill that not many wrestlers possess. He further states that a feud with the Miz would be "compelling".
    • Joe then pays the Miz the closest thing to a compliment in Kayfabe during their segment together with the Miztourage.
      Samoa Joe: AND YOU (referring to the Miz). You do your annoying, unorthodox thing that you do in the ring.
  • On the 5/1/17 edition of Monday Night Raw, the Miz joined Finn BŠlor and Seth Rollins for a Triple Threat match to get a shot at Dean Ambrose's Intercontinental Championship. Not only did the match elevate the IC belt to main event status; the Miz also displayed how a proper chickenshit heel should draw heat to a match against two faces with great in-ring psychology (including using Maryse as a shield and begging either party to team up with him against the other) that makes the showcase of pure athleticism between two athletically superior wrestlers mean something.
    • It also helps that the Miz won by surviving a Superplex Falcon Arrow Chain Combo from Seth (eliciting chants of "Holy Shit!" from the lively crowd), going through a Dusty Finish that saved him from Finn's Coup de Gr‚ce finisher, and generating a chorus of boos from disappointed fans after he won the match, the way wrestling should be.
  • Although YMMV in regards to whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, the infamous Vince Russo himself claims that the Miz was born in the wrong era and that he would've been a mega star in the Attitude Era.
  • Spoony went from being a vocal critic of the Miz to calling him the best worker on Raw right now on his Twitter account.
  • Ricochet, also known as Prince Puma in Lucha Underground, tweeted a now deleted tweet (referenced here) that the Miz is one of the best things in Pro Wrestling today. He's yet another Indy Darling singing praises for Mizanin.
  • In Extreme Rules 2017, he fought against Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship under the stipulation that Ambrose would lose the title if he were to be disqualified. The Miz takes full advantage of this stipulation by goading Ambrose into losing his cool, introducing a steel chair to the mix, telling his wife to slap him, and finally shoving the Ambrose into the referee. While the referee was sort of deciding whether or not he should disqualify Ambrose for "assaulting him," the Miz takes advantage of the confusion, hits his finisher and becomes IC Champ for the seventh time.
    • So the swerve was that he won the match clean anyway (on paper).
    • The following night on Raw, he was greeted to "You deserve it" chants. Because he's supposed to be a heel, he quickly turned it against the fans, saying that it would mean much more if they didn't say that to every newly crowned champion. Maryse's reaction, going from being proud of her husband to laughing in agreement with him, is the icing on the cake.
  • Miz later gives Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel a casting call of a lifetime, inviting them to be part of his entourage. They agree, beating up Ambrose while wearing bear suits after Miz's attempted apology segment with Maryse backfires and he gets attacked by the Lunatic Fringe.
  • During his podcast, the "Stone Cold" Steve Austin has three words for you in regards to the Miz: "Miz entertains me."
    • Although Steve is not a big fan of the Mizbear shenanigans (since he is one of the progenitors of the Attitude Era and the bear stuff is too silly for him), he appreciates the Miz's promo capabilities "on the horn" and how he tackled and elbow-dropped the gift box from Maryse Ric Flair style.
  • 8/21/17: On what should've been a cookie-cutter tease of a potential Roman Reigns and John Cena Passing the Torch match with a whiny heel ruining the moment, the Miz again delivers a straight fire promo just two days shy of the anniversary of his Talking Smack promo against Daniel Bryan, venting his frustration over being on the pre-show match of SummerSlam (which he won but it happened in a nearly empty arena). Highlights include:
  • In his second diss promo against Roman Reigns, John Cena of all people just admitted that even though he despises the Miz (and the Miz has been John's Unknown Rival for years and years), he respects him for scratching, clawing, and earning every single inch week by week.
    John Cena: DAMN! I respect THAT!
  • On WWE RAW 9.11.17, when he's about to announce how he and Maryse are about to have their first child, Enzo Amore arrives to interrupt. The Miz goes out on a very powerful "The Reason You Suck" Speech stating how Enzo does not care about the craft of wrestling and how Miz saw himself in Enzo before stating that Enzo does not care about actually being serious about wrestling at all. It is absolutely brutal.
  • On WWE RAW 10.2.17, proving every bit the Determinator in his IC Title defense versus Roman Reigns, even when Reigns was savvy enough to take out the Miztourage before the match, countering one Superman Punch into a Skull-Crushing Finale for a close near fall, then taking a second Superman Punch point-blank and just barely kicking out before the three count, which surprised everyone, especially Reigns! The match would end up in a DQ win for Reigns after Sheamus & Cesaro got involved, but when the chips are down, never let it be said that Miz won't defend his IC Title to the last.
  • The Max Landis showcases what a complex and interesting character the "unchosen one" Miz is when you go look back at his career, from when he won the World Title to him being overshadowed by "chosen ones" like the Rock, John Cena, The Shield, and Roman Reigns.
  • Despite getting his well-deserved comeuppance via the reunited Shield and getting tossed into a six-man tag team TLC matchnote  at the eponymous PPV by Kurt Angle, Miz effectively rebounded against both the Shield and Angle by claiming that since Ambrose bragged on live television that the Shield could beat ANY number of men put up against them, Miz should be allowed a fourth partner, needling Angle over him being a "man of his word" who adheres to integrity, one his "Three I's."
    • Kurt, resigned at being verbally cornered by Miz, asks who the 4th man is, only for BRAUN STROWMAN to kick in the door to his office and stare him down, leaving Kurt with a somewhat agape look while Miz leaves with a finger point and a very smug smile, having effectively conned Angle.
      • All of this is an understated example of how dangerous a conniving, Genre Savvy veteran heel like the Miz can be; he finds himself in an undesirable situation like the above match being made, and will find any approach to turn things to his advantage, like the above casual Badass Boast from a face like Ambrose.
  • Miz delivering yet another scathing promo, this time at the expense of one United States Champion Baron Corbin, who felt that Miz would be better off staying at home and playing "dress-up" with his little wife...
    Miz: Baron Corbin! I just got your message, Iíve been really busy this week. But Iíve got to say, itís the best promo Iíve ever seen you cut. Itís amazing because when I cut my best promos, itís in front of thousands in attendance and millions watching at home, on a big camera, in a WWE ring. While your best promo is on an iPhone on social media. So listen up, ďTwitter Tough Guy,Ē this isnít about Raw and Smack Down supremacy for me, this is about making the Intercontinental Championship the most prestigious and honorable title in all of the WWE. I bust my ass day in and day out to make that title relevant, while the United States Championship is working overtime to make its owner relevant. See, Iíve heard all about you in the WWE ring, how talented you are, but to me, youíre just another generic big man who will be gone in two years, while Iím carrying this show for the next ten. And if you ever talk about my pregnant wife again, Iíll knock your fucking teeth down your throat!Ē
    • Bubba Ray Dudley of The Dudley Boys fame was certainly impressed with it, as evidenced by this Twitter post.
    • Rusev also tweeted that he loved "Michael's" promo.
    • The Miz then calls Baron Corbin the "Bathroom Break" of SmackDown Live on the 11/6/17 edition of Monday Night Raw.
  • Rolling Stone has named the Miz the Wrestler of the Year for 2017.
  • Winning back his beloved Intercontinental Championship for the eighth time on the historic 25th anniversary of RAW, upending Roman Reigns after utilizing the Miz-tourage and some sleight of hand to expose a turnbuckle, which Reigns would later end up cracking his head on following a missed Spear, allowing Miz to hit the Skull-Crushing Finale for the win.
    • This subsequently leads to Miz, for all of his Unknown Rival tendencies running up against John Cena, holding two career accomplishments over John: Winning the IC Title (a title John's yet to hold) and owning a one-on-one victory versus Roman Reigns (back-to-back wins, in fact, since Miz beat Roman in the title rematch the following week).
    • So despite his egregious error in leading them to reunite against him near the end of 2017, Miz has now defeated two-thirds of The Shield, Reigns and Dean Ambrose, in the past year, both times regaining his IC Title in the process...and from what we saw in this post-show promo, seems intent on putting down Seth Rollins to complete the trifecta.
  • This interview with Sam Roberts. Miz barges in (having not been booked) on his break, completely berates Roberts for a good 20 minutes, promotes RAW 25, promotes his new reality TV show, promotes The Marine 6, promotes his match with Roman Reigns and does it all completely in-character without having anything prepared beforehand. It's small wonder Miz is one of WWE's go-to guys for media.
  • This tweet says it all: "God imagine telling people 10 years ago that The Miz would be over as f*ck at THE HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM." note 
  • According to Ryback, the Miz is the best "natural" wrestler of all time.note 
  • Actually managing to hit the Skull-Crushing Finale on Braun Strowman during the tail end of the Gauntlet Match on the go-home show for RAW's Elimination Chamber PPV and coming within a eyelash of being only the third man in WWEnote  to actually pin the "Monster Among Men." It's a subdued moment of awesome, as Braun would quickly dispatch Miz afterwards, but at least the A-Lister proved wily enough that it ended up more of a Curb Stomp Cushion than a straight-up Curb-Stomp Battle as many, even Miz himself, would have expected.