YMMV / The Miz

  • Awesome Music: Puns notwithstanding, his current theme, "I Came To Play", is pretty cool. That being said, it could change to "Hate Me Now" (a song so appropriate for Miz, it's not even funny) and nobody would really complain.
  • Badass Decay. So, so much since losing the WWE Championship. It looked for a while that he would come out of it during his time with R-Truth, but after their split, R-Truth is the hotter one of the two. It took winning the IC title and face turn to become bad ass again.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Once he won the WWE Championship, the IWC, and to an extent casual fans, promptly split in half, especially considering the nature of how he won it. It doesn't help the fact that those who don't like the fact he's champion are split over those thinking he got his push too early (despite being employed since mid-2006), and those who view it as a personal insult to the wrestling business as a whole.
  • Companion Cube:
    • Every single championship he's held, since he flaunts the belts to an absurd degree.
    • The MITB briefcase (although it was usually Alex Riley that carried it) to the same degree.
  • Creator's Pet: He had his own personal pet on the 2015 Tough Enough in Amanda, who he saved from elimination even though she placed dead last in fan polls, leading to fan favorite Mada getting eliminated instead.
  • Critical Research Failure: He deserves to be drop kicked by time traveling Jumping Bomb Angels for stating the women of the 1980s did nothing interesting on the WWE Network documentary about the Monday Night Wars.
  • Deader Than Disco: Less than two years after he lost his push, the Miz's reputation on the internet turned almost completely toxic. On the Wrestling Observer Newsletter's year-end awards in 2012, he jumped to #2 on the "Most Overrated" list from out of the top 10, despite the fact that he was demoted to the midcard that year. By 2015, there are very few WWE fans who still like The Miz. However, after 2015, many felt he was actually underrated these days, as Miz is currently one of the only heels that can draw legitimate heel heat.
    • Completely reversed after an amazing promo in August 2016 that generally won back a lot of fans for him by proving how much Mike Mizanin cares for the business.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Seriously. Smarks have a good deal of affection for him, as he's one of the funniest Heels on WWE programming, and his theme is pretty badass too. Like many other heels that have gotten this treatment, this was eventually paid off with a Heel–Face Turn for Miz.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: As are all charismatic Heels
  • Evil Is Cool: Like many bad guys before him, Miz has managed to get over with fans despite playing a Dirty Coward.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Miz has gotten Jeff Hardy-esque squees from girls.
  • Fridge Horror: Whether as a Face or Heel The Miz has been one of WWE's leading Superstars in the Anti-Bullying Be-A-Star Campaign because of being bullied in his life. Now the horror is this; was it because he was bullied as a child, or because of the Hazing he suffered from early on in his career at the hands of the WWE lockerroom?
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Remember Miz's epic promo as the US champ? It's mostly based on his actual experiences of being hazed by the locker room veterans during his rookie years. It's worth noting though that it wasn't Bradshaw's wrath he directly acquired (although as the locker room bully he had) through his chicken eating escapades. It was Chris Benoit.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Look at the quote on the main entry for The Miz. Then look at the results of Super Bowl XLV. Chances are The Miz took a bath on the locker room football pool.
    • Also, his Take That at The Rock right before WrestleMania XXVII for his role as the host of said show. He was recently announced as the host of SummerSlam 2013. Also doubles as Hypocritical Humor, as Miz got his start on the main roster as the host of Smackdown and of the widely-disliked WWE Diva Search.
    • In an online interview, the interviewer mistakenly said that you could see The Miz on TV every Monday, Tuesdaynote  and Wednesday - to which Miz responded "Wednesday? What are we doing Wednesday?". Fast forward to 2012 where Miz would become a regular commentator on Main Event - which airs on Wednesdays.
    • By his own recollection on Chris Jericho's Talk is Jericho podcast, after his time on The Real World, people recognised Miz as, well... Miz rather than Mike, despite the Miz persona only appearing in one episode of the show. Of course, being that he wrestled for the WWE & became WWE champion as The Miz, people are more likely to recognise him as Miz rather than Mike.
  • Ho Yay: With Alex Riley and Michael Cole.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: John Morrison has called him fat multiple times, for a while he was very sensitive about his weight.
    • Lampshaded by Dolph Ziggler in the Raw before Royal Rumble 2011.
  • HSQ: During one match with Kofi Kingston, Miz gets hit with a Trouble In Paradise. This wouldn't be noteworthy if it didn't make an incredibly loud THWACK. This sound effect wasn't just for show. This causes his head to snap back and it outright KO'd poor Miz for a while and caused him to bleed a little. You could say it gave him quite the bit of Trouble in Paradise.
  • Internet Backdraft:
  • Jerkass Woobie: There's really just one time he fit this trope, but it's worth mentioning: the night he cut this promo. Despite the fact that he's delivering it in character as a Heel, a lot of it's a shoot, and JBL would later admit flat out in an interview that he hazed the hell out of Miz back in the day and wasn't the least bit sorry for doing it - because he wanted to see if Miz had what it took to be a part of the locker room. Nowadays on commentary Bradshaw openly admits that he once hated the Miz but now respects him for what he's endured and accomplished.
  • Love to Hate: Miz is one of the few heels on the roster that can still draw heel heat — the "good" kind. Even people who are huge fans of his love seeing him get beat up.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Mis-blamed: He was apparently blamed and punished in early 2012 for the low Survivor Series buyrate despite being only one of four men involved in the main event. The other three participants? John Cena, The Rock, and R-Truth. Also keep in mind that the match was set up through Cena being overwhelmed by Awesome Truth and asking Rock for help, only for the next few weeks on Raw to see Cena overcoming them by himself, killing off all sense of unpredictability this match could have beforehand.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Despite the MANY Levels in Badass he took, it's just hard for some people to take The Miz seriously as an intimidating Heel with the way he carries himself.
  • Older Than They Think: Mike Awesome was using "Because I'm AWESOME" as a Catch Phrase years before the Miz, except that he made people believe it. In his case, it helped that he was a 6'7, 294 lbs. Lightning Bruiser.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The Miz was fairly popular during the "Million Dollar" Tough Enough , but was far behind the winner and was audibly booed, even then back then. He didn't become really until that Tough Enough winner, Daniel Puder (a legit competitor strong enough to easily beat both Miz and Ryback at arm wrestling, skilled enough to nearly out shoot Kurt Angle, and then beat Miz again in a boxing match), was unceremoniously released and The Miz was put on television in his place. As if to fuel the first, Miz was also made host of the Diva Search, long after that segment had overstayed its welcome. Poor guy never stood a chance.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Just look at his first appearance on the A-Show. Who would have thought this fool would be cashing in Money in the Bank on Randy Orton four years later to become WWE Champion?
    • And he's recently made a Heel–Face Turn. Turns out he's pretty good at using the same things that made him annoying as a heel to be absolutely hilarious as a face.
    • Lampshaded on his most recent T-shirt, which has "HATERS WANTED" on the front in the style of a newspaper classified ad, with the back saying, "The Old Ones Are Starting to Like Me."
    • Many people who had previously hated Miz consider his work from 2014 forward to be a big step up from most of his previous work, feeling that he plays his pompous Hollywood celebrity heel gimmick very well and also that he's in just the right spot on the roster. If that wasn't enough, his tag team with Damien Sandow may have been.
    • Unfortunately, Miz began treading water again in 2015 once the breakup with Sandow happened but managed to reverse it after Wrestlemania 32 when he won the IC title in an upset win over Zack Ryder with the help of his new valet and real-life wife Maryse. His character work leapt forward, fully playing into the narcissistic Hollywood gimmick, backed up by a partner whom he actually respects and even loves, making them the perfect detestable heels. His in-ring work also improved considerably, reaching the point where he shared a Fatal-Four-Way against Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Cesaro and didn't look out of place at all. Culminating in a fantastic, firey promo in August 2016 that basically dared all the haters to continue hating him for doing something he loved the way he did. At the moment, there's no stopping the Miz.
    • In an indirect example, Alex Riley was near-universally disliked as Miz's lackey, but this only worked out to Riley's benefit in his Heel–Face Turn; he got a HUGE pop on the 5/23/11 RAW when Miz's insults and blame-shifting finally caused him to snap and give Miz a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. And if that didn't work, Miz returned the favor in the 7/4/11 RAW and beat Riley senseless with anything the arena could give him after losing to him one many times, giving him sympathy cred to continue on as a face.
  • The Scrappy: Miz would be more a Base-Breaking Character than a Scrappy; however, almost no one liked Alex Riley's run as his apprentice, which at the very least was thought to have ran longer that wanted. See Rescued above for what happened when it finally ended.
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