Aborted Arc: His heel turn. He was originally going turn heel in November/December of 2013, but this was halted as he had a movie coming out and they needed him as a face for that, so he underwent a Face Heel Revolving Door situation for a couple of weeks until he ultimately stayed face.
When on color commentary on the September 3, 2012 RAW, he manages to be pretty dang hilarious. You can tell the guy is having a blast.
So much so that he's actually one of the Commentators for WWE Main Event now.
And then he pulled a Heel-Face Turn and he turns out to actually be pretty hilarious as a face.
Alter Ego Acting: It should go without saying with professional wrestling, but Mizanin's "The Miz" alter ego was showing up way back during his time on The Real World and its various spinoffs. Once, during one of his appearances on the cross-over Challenges, the pressure of it really got to him and "The Miz" emerged while Mizanin was on a drunken rampage. When another contestant from another season (who didn't know him that well) asked what the whole "Miz" thing was about, his best friend Coral described him as everything Mike wasn't. Back then it seemed like a Mr. Hyde like personality he couldn't really control..
Anti-Hero: Miz is pretty solidly a type-III. Even though he's toned it down quite a bit from his heel persona, he still comes off as extremely cocky and smug, and he seems to be something of a loner in Kayfabe, not often seen coming to other faces' rescue.
He would say it's John Cena. In Real Life, it's probably JBL - although it appears that the two have buried the hatchet. (JBL seems to go out of his way nowadays to put Miz over while on commentary.) Probably something to do with all the backstage hazing that Miz had to go through and Miz taking it like a champ to the point of becoming champ.
Boisterous Weakling: Started off at this, with more minimal skills and no smaller a mouth, most notably when he spent a long period of time goading Cena into a match, with the expected results. As time passed, Miz became significantly more a Not-So-Harmless Villain and could add up to his talk more often, though, being an egotistical Dirty Coward, his mocking still gets him more than he bargained for every once in a while.
Breakup Breakout: After Miz and Morrison broke up, Miz was the one, to everyones surprise, that had more success, with winning the WWE Championship, and after losing it are still part of a major storyline. And while Morrison hasn't really faded in to obscurity, hasn't had that much success as Miz has had. To be fair to both of them, Morrison (as of 2012 not with the WWE any more) tended to get into more backstage politicking than he really should have (such as giving a WWE Legend the cold shoulder at the behest of his girlfriend) whereas Miz takes the John Cena route and tries not to cause unnecessary troubles. Thus it should come as less of a surprise that WWE was/is willing to push Miz more.
Whilst still hosting the "The Dirt Sheet" with John Morrison, Miz would always introduce himself with "And I am your Chick Magnet, The Miz!" & the duo would end every episode by emphatically following up Morrison's Bad Ass Boast for their tag team with "Be jealous!"
"Because I'm The Miz...and I'm...AWESOME!"
"Really? Really?" when he interrupts people after they say something especially disagreeable to him.
The WWE Championship. Seriously, when was the last time a Champ flaunted it around as much as he did? In a weird sort of troll logicy way, it kind of adds prestige back to the belt, since he makes it seem like such a big deal. He did the same with the United States Championship before that — hauling it around.
Cool Mask: As Calgary Kid.note Miz had been fired the week before, and order to get his job back, he participated in a "Contract-On-A-Pole" match against Eugene, dressed with a masked and tights with the maple leaf on them
Dips in and out of this. Even as a heel, he's won quite a few matches more or less clean. And as a face, he's used CP tactics on a couple of occasions.
A big example of this was in a match against Wade Barrett, who was dumb enough to interrupt a hacked-off Triple H promo and try to rush him away from the ring for the match. Triple H kicked him in the balls really hard, and Miz came out right afterward. Miz managed to hit Barrett in the nuts at least three times during the match - and yet none of the attacks were actions that would result in Miz being DQ'ed. Miz won, solidifying himself as the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Title heading into Wrestlemania 29.
Conspiracy Theorist: R-Truth convinced him that Triple H, the participants in the World Title feud, and upper management are conspiring to keep them in the mid-card.
Demoted to Extra: Seems to have been lost in the shuffle, going from a WWE Champion to a guy that has trouble getting meaningful TV time. He seems to be floating in the awkward camp of being above the status of a mid-carder (and therefore not being seen as a good candidate for a run with the IC or US titles), but not quite a true main-eventer.
He really, really, really loves wrestling, and he's put up with some terrible and humiliating angles (and harsh backstage treatment) for the privilege of doing it, as well as working hard to improve his work to prove he belongs as much as anyone in the company.
The Determinator aspect also shows up in the ring. Whatever lack of in ring ability he has is made up by the fact that he's capable of taking a truly brutal asskicking, at least ever since he became champion.
During his Wrestlemania 27 match, he suffered a concussion by smacking his head off concrete; he proceeded to wrestle the rest of the match and retained the title.
He's also become one of WWE's go-to guys for media appearances (which, combined with his regular show, makes for a very punishing schedule). This is saying a lot, as traditionally heels that have spent the majority of their time in the upper midcard aren't called on to do those sorts of things.
Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Some Miz's defeats have been coming about due to him having a pretty firm grip on the Villain Ball. Even though he'll pretty much have his opponent beaten cleanly, or damn near close to it, he just has to do that one thing that'll get him disqualified or take his time beating down an opponent just long enough for them to get that Heroic Second Wind. Hell, he lost his last two matches with Cena for the title because of this.
The Dog Bites Back: After losing to Cena for the third consecutive time at Over The Limit, he once more berates Alex Riley, who responds by kicking the ever loving crap out of Miz. Even Michael Cole states that Miz had it coming.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: He has improved big time compared to when he first arrived to WWE, and he demands to be recognized for it.
On the 2/14/11 edition of Raw, after beating Daniel Bryan, he announced that Jerry Lawler (his opponent at Elimination Chamber) wasn't there that night because of the passing of his mother.....and offered his deepest condolences. Unlike a certain troll
Also, the 10/28/12-11/5/12 editions of RAW. During a brawl right after CM Punk and Mick Foley had picked their teams for Survivor Series, Team Punk note
Expy: A good looking Jerk Jock who's smaller than most wrestlers, who became a world champion and began wearing nice suits and speaking with a Creepy Monotone? Using a full-nelson facebuster as a finisher? These were all accurate descriptions of Chris Jericho. This was lampshaded by Jericho. Then again, his 2012 heel run seemed to think that everyone in the world wishes to be an Expy of him...
Finishing Move: Three: The Reality Check (A kneelift to a neckbreaker), the Mizard of Oz (A front facelock neckbreaker), and the Skull Crushing Finale (A full nelson facebuster). Recently, he's added the Figure Four Leglock (yes, that one) to his moveset.
Genre Savvy: Before his "I Quit" Match with John Cena at Over The Limit, Miz cuts a promo to the effect of saying that because there are no rules other than to make your opponent say "I Quit", Alex Riley would be able to help him in his endeavours, essentially turning the match into a Handicap Match.
He was also savvy to John Cena trying to turn him and R-Truth against each other using their egos. It was only due to Truth being paranoid as usual that resulted in it actually working.
Well, that and the fact that Miz gave Truth the Skull Crushing Finale on the steel ramp.
During his match with Curtis Axel at Money in the Bank 2013, he pull off an Eddie Guerrero to make the ref to expel Paul Heyman out of ringside.
Gone Horribly Right: After John Cena got Alex Riley fired, it's just Cena versus Miz, one on one, exactly what Cena wanted. But now Cena has to deal with an angry Miz that feels slighted by The Rock and Cena while trying to make his WWE title reign as memorable as possible and doesn't have his moron of a lackey to fall back on. The result? A month of Cena getting owned repeatedly by Miz.
Groin Attack: In a match with Antonio Cesaro for the US Championship, this is done unintentionally and then played straight all within two minutes. When Miz attempted the Figure-Four Leglock, Cesaro tripped him up, causing Miz to stumble and land knee-first on Cesaro's bijoux de la famille. This causes Miz to lose via DQ, allowing Cesaro to retain the title. An unhappy Miz responded with an intentional kick in the nuts a couple of minutes after that. Ouch.
Heel-Face Turn: After joining Mick Foley on his Survivor Series team, he started one before finishing it by calling out CM Punk on his lies.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Abandoned Kofi Kingston during a tag match in November 2013, only to explain himself as trying to "motivate" Kofi. Went back and forth through the door over the following weeks as he had a Christmas movie to promote. He has since stayed face.
Hoist by His Own Petard: In the WWE 2011 Draft, when John Cena was drafted to Smackdown, Miz was glad because if he wins against Cena and John Morrison at Extreme Rules 2011, then "he won't see [Cena]". The main event match for the final draft pick was between Smackdown's John Cena, Mark Henry and Christian and Raw's The Miz, CM Punk, and Alberto Del Rio. Mark Henry pulled a Face-Heel Turn and betrayed Cena and Christian, allowing Miz to pin Cena. Raw got the final draft pick who is none other than... John Cena for the second time! Congratulations Miz, you just brought the one guy who is determined to take the WWE title off of you back to the same brand you're on! "Sweet irony", as John Cena said in a WWE.com exclusive interview when he was drafted back to Raw.
Improvised Weapon: Miz wasn't the first Money in the Bank Winner to hit people with the briefcase, but he did it so much that by the time he cashed it in it was so dented up that it looked like it had been in a car wrecka train wreckan episode ofMythBusters. And he even kept using it for a time after cashing it in. He won the MITB match in July 2010 and would cash it in to win the WWE Championship in November 2010. Alex Riley would carrying around a briefcase, and when Riley had turned face, he smacked Miz in the head with it.
In a RAW episode taped on Long Island, NY, he countered the You Suck chant by shouting "I don't suck! All the New York sports teams suck!" There were general boos, but then a few nods of agreement in the stands.
By the time Miz was paired with Daniel Bryan on NXT, he had accumulated a large amount of heat. His bullying of Bryan as a sadistic Drill Sergeant Nasty gained him even more, and had fans everywhere looking forward to the day when Bryan would finally pay him back. Which finally happened.
His final 2010 match against Jerry Lawler was basically this to borderline Moral Event Horizon levels, where what started as a match between the WWE Champion and a Hall of Famer quickly devolved into Miz beating the crap out of a old man who could barely fight back. It reached the point where even Michae lCole, who always finds a reason to excuse Miz's actions, was thoroughly disturbed by it.
Large Ham: Because he's The Miz, and he's AWESOME!
Laser-Guided Karma: At Tables, Ladder and Chairs 2011, he managed to handcuff CMP unk to the turnbuckle. Punk tried in vain to punch him out, but Miz stayed just out of range of his punches, laughing his ass off. So Punk kicked him in the face instead, flooring him.
After winning the WWE title, as seen in the pic above.
He also cried upon winning the 2010 Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Master of None: Because Miz is not specifically a power, high flying, technical, or brawling wrestler - instead having a mix of all these styles - he doesn't really stand out in the ring as much as other wrestlers. If he continues to improve at the rate he is, however, he'll probably become Jack of All Stats in short time.
Mr. Fanservice: He is called "Chick Magnet," after all. When he was first getting his feet wet in ECW in the summer of 2007, Extreme Expose (Kelly Kelly, Layla El, and Brooke Adams) used to hang out with him all the time.
Never My Fault: Always found an excuse for his failures as a heel. Alex Riley became his go to scapegoat whenever he lost. Unfortunately this came back to bite him.
Nice Hat: Used to have a fedora as part of his entrance attire.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The 4/11/11 RAW. A 5-man gauntlet match was held between Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Randy Orton, John Cena, and R-Truth to determine the #1 contender for Miz's WWE Championship. The last match ended up being between Cena, WWE's resident Superman, and R-Truth, a well-liked crowd favorite that seems not to be liked by the 'E itself. Categorically, he would be a 'jobber to the stars' - in that he appears in his share of high-profile matches that aren't one-on-one, but is never allowed to be victorious. So anybody who follows wrestling should have been predicting a Curb-Stomp Battle, especially because Truth had wrestled two matches before. Cena apparently thought so, too, because he pulled out a bunch of rarer moves in his moveset (including the Guillotine Legdrop) in an effort to put Truth down quickly. He didn't count on Truth refusing to stay down for a full 3-count. Miz, who was a guest commentator for the match and probably didn't want to face Cena again (whom he beat at WrestleMania because of The Rock's interference), comes up with the bright idea of he and Alex Riley to attack Cena and Truth simultaneously, resulting in a double DQ. In Miz's mind, this means that he doesn't have to defend his title against either of them. What actually resulted (per the Anonymous Raw GM's announcement) is that Miz is now in a Triple Threat championship match with Cena, who wants the title in order to make his Wrestlemania XXVIII match with the Rock a Championship match, and R-Truth, who has never won the Championship before. And he can lose the title without being the one pinned or forced to submit. However, R Truth would lose the right to challenge Miz a week later. And who did he lose it to? John Morrison. Now Miz has to take on WWE Superman John Cena as well as Morrison, the one guy who got closest to beating Miz for the WWE Championship in a previous match over anyone else, including Randy Orton, Jerry Lawler, and Cena himself.
A defining character trait of The Miz during his heel run. He started as an awkward, untalented, uncharismatic dork, but after years of work he's turned into a man who's crippled the overconfident R-Truth after a Boastful Rap distracted him and got pops for beating up World Champion Sheamus after he called him a loser, of course, that's all topped by his greatest achievement yet, taking the WWE Championship from Randy Orton.
Not to mention his last few encounters with John Cena, all of which have ended with Cena's face in the ground, and one of which ended with The People'sElbow.
He also managed to trick "Stone Cold" Steve Austin into a fake showdown in the ring, where he promptly sicced Alex Riley on him and proceeded to leave afterwards. Unfortunately, Riley didn't last too long afterwards...
When John Morrison faced The Miz for the WWE title on Raw, The Miz had Alex Riley help him beat down Morrison, then Morrison recovered, beat the crap out of Riley, set him up on a barricade and kneed his face in, camera cuts to The Miz with a look like he just crapped his pants.
Got another one of these looks on an episode of RAW. He was in the middle of cutting a promo complaining, as usual, about the lack of respect he was getting, when suddenly... "THE TRUTH...HAS SETME FREE!!"
Miz's first Wrestlemania as WWE champion has him cutting a promo against John Cena - one of the best mic workers in the company at the moment - and The Rock - one of the best mic workers in the history of the industry. Needless to say, he's kinda left in the dust. More than a few of his fans are rather pissed off about this, since this could be a real make it or break it period for him.
The Runner Up Takes It All: Despite falling short from winning the fourth season of Tough Enough, The Miz is the only contestant from the show to become the WWE Champion. The winner, Daniel Puder, spent less than a year in developmental and was later released due to Executive Meddling.
His Smug Snake status has grown big time since become WWE Champion. While he HAS taking multiple levels in badass, it's now gotten to his head big time proclaiming him to be best of all time, the most must see WWE champion, etc. despite fact he's needed help repeatedly for matches.
This trait has been reversed somewhat, with him managing to compete with wrestlers under legitimate tactics only to lose afterStopping To Cheat. His pay per view matches with Cena and Riley are good examples.
So Last Season: During the Champion vs. Champion match between Miz & Morrison at Bragging Rights 2009 - Since dissolving their tag team earlier in the year, Miz & Morrison had since debuted new finishing moves, the Skull Crushing Finale & Starship Pain respectively. Early in the match, both men tried to hit the finishing moves they used whilst they were still a team, only for the move to be countered.
Stone Wall: Not the stationary type, but he fits the qualifications of low ATK high DEF in the idea that his offense isn't the most hard hitting, but he can take the most hellacious beatings in WWE and still kick out. Hell, he's kicked out of peoples finishers in matches that didn't really mean anything.
Too Many Belts: At the start of 2010, Miz held the United States championship and the Unified Tag Team championships simultaneously - Meaning he had an unprecendented (In the WWE, anyway) three championship belts in his possession at one time.
For a ten-minute period on 2-21-2011, he held the WWE Championship and the Unified Tag Team titles.
And how. Who would have pegged that kid from The Real World with the annoying gimmick would turn into the WWE Champion?
Especially after he started out fumbling lines as a mere Diva Search host and wrestling just passable matches with a so-called "finishing move" that made its victims look like they should retire???
In line with the above, the Falls Count Anywhere match with John Morrison on the 1/3/11 RAW proved that Miz has become a Badass.
The moment that John Cena got Alex Riley fired, it in turn resulted in the closing scenes of the most RAWs to be Miz leaning over Cena's broken body after beating the crap out of him, all while wearing a pretty creepy Slasher Smile.
Let's give a bit of a comparison here, folks. When Cena and Miz first had a match together, Cena more or less turned Miz into roadkill. Their most recent match on RAW? Miz, for all intents and purposes, dominated the match, though his cheating ended up costing him the victory.
Underwear of Power: After returning. According to him, it was because Vince McMahon told him he had nice legs, and he had the good sense not to argue.
Wow. Behind his overconfident smirk and Large Ham tendencies, Miz packs a pretty brutal mean streak. The beatdown he gave to John Cena leading up to their WrestleMania match, has probably only been matched in recent memory by the one Cena received during the NXT Riot.
And then his beatdown on Alex Riley on the Fourth of July edition of Raw (though it was admitedly no more brutal than the one Riley gave him a few weeks prior).
His run-in along with R-Truth during the Punk/HHH match at Night of Champions 2011. They beat the hell out of both competitors, and then beat the hell out of the referees.
Then came Hell In A Cell 2011 when they beat the crap out of everyone including the cameramen
Disappeared off television after getting RKO'd by Randy Orton. He was actually filming The Marine 3, but no real storyline injury was given for him, unlike Cena and Ted Dibiase. He returned 1 month and half later, stating he'd been away shooting a movie.
Irony/Reality Subtext: Randy Orton was originally slated to be the one that starred in that same movie (Marine 3) but outcry from actual Marines that didn't like Randy's less-than-stellar past military record prompted WWE to strip Orton of the titular role and give it to The Miz.
Then disappeared off TV again after his loss to Wade Barrett on Raw after WrestleMania, and same reason as before, to shoot a movie, but with no explanation given.
Worthy Opponent: In the 2/14/11 RAW Miz gave his condolences to Lawler's mother, who had died the Saturday before, and stated that he didn't want that tragedy to hinder Lawler when the two fought at Elimination Chamber that Sunday. It was considerably one of the only times that he's done this. Which is more surprising upon a certain troll who WOULD NOT SHUT UP ABOUT THE WHOLE THING