Recently, The Miz was a guest on Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss. Among other things, The Miz talked about how he developed his promo skills, almost ruining WWE’s Diva Search, and The Big Show’s best running gag. Highlights from the interview are as follows.
On Vince McMahon’s original vision for him in WWE:
“I remember being in there with Vince McMahon and Vince was like, ‘we’re going to have you kind of be like the Ryan Seacrest of WWE’ and I went, ‘what? No, I want to be, like, the big star. Like, when I was a kid, The Ultimate Warrior was the man. Like, let me be him, not the host.’ But then, I was like, ‘well, they’ll give me the mic. As long as I have the mic, I know I can get this crowd to either boo me or cheer me.’ So the first thing that comes out, I have to host this Diva Search where I have to memorize a number and I wrote the number on my wrist because it was a hard number to remember. It was like seven [digits]. It wasn’t like a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. No, it was like a number, so I totally forgot it. As I was looking on my wrist, you could see me looking on my wrist and the sweat kind of made it go off, so I totally ruined, basically, that whole competition. It was bad, so I was completely worried I was going to get fired. I went backstage and I was like, ‘I am so sorry’ [and McMahon] was like, ‘oh, it happens, blah, blah, blah’ and to his credit, he kept allowing me to host that show and as time progressed, I kept getting better and better.”
Advice for aspiring WWE Superstars:
“So is there an art to trash talk? If kids want to become a WWE Superstar, I say start cutting promos in the mirror. We did a class. Like Vince did a class for, like, seven of us. We’d have to go in there and we’d cut promos. Vince would go, ‘alright, cut a promo on armbar. Alright?’ ‘Armbar? Okay!’ And he would just say a word and we’d have to do it, so I’d practice that while I’m in traffic in L.A. Like, stop sign. Cut a promo on a stop sign.”
On wrestlers having accidents in the ring:
“A lot of gas. Sometimes there’s some gas and you wonder if the audience can smell it. And you’re breathing heavy, like, you’re tasting it. It’s not very fun.” The Miz added, “Big Show [is the gassiest WWE Superstar]. He is 500 pounds. He’s seven-foot tall. The best running gag that he has is like, he’ll get in an elevator and once he’s leaving the elevator and the door’s closing, he’ll just let it rip and walk out.”
In addition to these topics, The Miz talked about celebrities who have exceeded his expectations, riding with Zack Ryder and Dolph Ziggler, and more. You can listen to the interview here.