WWE has produced many superstars in recent times and The Miz ranks amongst the biggest of them all. The American wrestler has won numerous championships, including the WWE and the 2010 Money in The Bank Ladder Match.
Additionally, he has endeared himself to millions of wrestling fans all over the world with his flamboyant persona, as well as his signature skull crushing finale move. He might not be as famous as some of the wrestlers who have gone through the WWE roster. Still, it has been a successful career spell for the Ohio-born fighter since it began in the early 2000s.
The Miz Began His Wrestling Career In 2003
Michael Gregory Mizanin, aka The Miz, has always dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler. So, even though he had gained national recognition via the MTV reality TV program, The Real World, he took on an opportunity to achieve his dream when it came along in 2003.
He joined Ultimate Pro Wrestling in 2003 and began training at Ultimate University. After a few months, he made his in-ring debut the same year with the name The Miz. His time at UPW did not last, ending in 2004 after he competed in the promotion’s Mat War’s tournament, where he made it to the finals.
A man familiar with competition-based reality TV series, he joined the fourth season of Tough Enough, a WWE show. The winner would undergo professional wrestling training, a WWE contract, and $1 million. The Miz reached the final but lost to Daniel Puder based on crowd reaction.
However, his loss was not a complete disappointment. His run to the final and performance impressed WWE’s talent recruiters, and they offered him a developmental contract.
He Spent His Developmental Years In Two Companies
The WWE sent Mizanin to Deep South Wrestling, where he spent two years developing his craft as a professional wrestler. He trained under Bill DeMott and performed in non-televised matches to gauge his growth. During his time at Deep South Wrestling, he competed in the inaugural Deep South Heavyweight Championship. There, he impressed as part of the tag team, Reality Check.
In 2005, as part of the team, The Miz was poised to debut on the main WWE roster under SmackDown. Unfortunately, his partner, Matt Cappotelli, got diagnosed with brain cancer and shelved the plan. He had to wait until 2006 after a stint at Ohio Valley Wrestling to join the WWE main roster.
At OVW, which he joined in January 2006, he began appearing on television, making his debut in the Miz TV segment. He fought his first singles match against Rene Dupree and lost.
He formed another tag team partnership with Chris Cage and the two went on to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship. After three years of waiting and training, The Miz made his debut in the WWE Main roster, under the SmackDown! brand.
Early WWE Years As Part Of A Tag Team
He appeared on SmackDown! for the first time on June 2, 2006. The Miz started his career as a villain, making his fighting debut against Tatanka. For the first three months of his in-ring career, The Miz went undefeated, beating names like Finaki and Matt Hardy along the way.
On November 16, he became one half of the WWE Tag Team with John Morrison. They won its first championship shortly after, in a match against Montel Vontavious Porter and Matt Hardy. It was The Miz’s first championship as a WWE wrestler.
For several months amid multiple matches, The Miz and Morrison defended their title before losing it in a four-way match against Finlay, Jesse and Festus, and Hornswoggle. Their run as a tag team lasted from 2007 to 2009, after he got drafted to Raw in the 2009 WWE Draft.
He Had A Successful Nine-year Run On Raw
The trade to Raw became the start of The Miz’s turn as a prominent face in the WWE. Early into his career in Raw, he set his sights on the United States Championship. After losing the attempts to win on events like Night of Champions, Breaking Point, and Hell in a Cell, he finally won on October 5, 2009. He defeated holder, Kofi Kingston, to win his first WWE singles championship.
After losing his championship to Bret Hart in May 2010, he won the United States Championship again in June. Less than a year into his Raw career, The Miz formed a tag team partnership with Big Show, known as ShoMiz. The two defeated The Straight Edge Society and D-Generation X to win the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship.
The victory made The Miz the first WWE wrestler to hold three championships, WWE Tag Team, United States, and World Tag Team Champion. As he grew in stature and became a prominent star in the WWE, he made guest and promotional appearances on NXT and formed a partnership with John Cena.
He also added the WWE Championship to his collection of titles, after winning a Money in the Bank ladder match. He further became an Intercontinental Champion in 2012 and went on to win it seven more times. Throughout his Raw phase, he competed on events like Elimination Chamber, WrestleMania series, Extreme Rules, and SummerSlam.
After nine years competing under the Raw brand, he got traded back to SmackDown on April 16, 2018.
The Miz Boasts Over 20 Titles And Eight Awards So Far
Since he pursued his dream and found his way to the WWE, The Miz has won more than 20 wrestling titles and received at least eight awards. He won his first two titles, the DSW Heavyweight Championship and OVW Southern Tag Team Championship before joining the WWE as a main roster athlete.
Since joining the main roster, he has won one WWE Championship, eight WWE Intercontinental Championships, and two United States Championship. He has also won the WWE Tag Team Championship four times and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship twice. Other titles include World Tag Team Championship (twice) and Grand Slam Championship.
Aside from titles, his performances have earned him awards like WWE Wrestler of the Year, Most Improved Wrestler of the Year, and Tag Team of the Year. He ranked #1 in the top 500 singles wrestlers by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2011 and Most Improved by Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 2008 and 2009.
Films And TV Shows That Make Up His Resume
While he has built a successful wrestling career, The Mizanin has not forgotten his acting and reality TV roots. He has made multiple appearances in the WWE studio direct-to-video film series, The Marine, and starred alongside his wife in the reality show, Miz & Mrs, between 2018 and 2020.
He also appeared in the film Fighting with My Family, Santa’s Little Helper, and Christmas Bounty. The Miz appeared in shows like Supernatural, Sirens, Psych, and Pair of Kings. His other reality TV show appearances include Total Divas, Total Bellas, and Hell’s Kitchen. The Miz has also hosted several entries in The Challenge reality show, Cannonball, and WWE Tough Enough.
The Miz Has Accrued A $9 Million Net Worth From His Career
He has primarily earned his wealth from his long and successful career in the WWE. Being one of its most accomplished wrestlers, Mizanin is one of its best-paid fighters, with an estimated $1.2 million in salary per year. In 2018, however, he reportedly earned more a year, with $2.5 million.
Besides his base salary, he also makes several thousand dollars a year from sold merchandise and pay-per-view earnings. His other sources of income include acting, reality TV show hosting, and appearances. Although presumably part of his WWE contract, The Miz also earns from image appearances in WWE video games. He has appeared in every WWE game since 2008.
He has also made money from real estate. In 2019, he sold a mansion in Austin, Texas, for $2.64 million, having bought it for $2.65 million in 2017. He also once sold a Los Angeles home in the Laurel Canyon neighbourhood for $3 million. As of 2020, The Miz and his wife, fellow wrestler, Maryse Ouellet, live in a $6.4 million mansion in Thousand Oaks, California.
The 10,400 square foot house is in a gated community and sits on 1.3 acres, with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It also has a home movie theatre, billiards room, two fireplaces, and a wine cellar. Other luxurious amenities in the home include a waterfall, outdoor kitchen, two-story guest house, as well as manicured lawns and garden.
He Has Been Married To WWE Wrestler, Maryse Ouellet, Since 2014
They often say that opposites attract, but that does not seem to be the case when it comes to The Miz. The WWE superstar is married to a fellow pro-wrestler, Maryse Ouellet. They met after they met each other on the talent competition, WWE Diva Search. Maryse was a former model and an aspiring wrestler, and Miz was the host of the competition, having worked his way up the organization.
Initially, they did not get along. According to Maryse, Miz was notably mean over her inability to speak English. However, despite his antics, Maryse made it to the top eight, eventually becoming part of the organization.
One year after the competition and Maryse had become WWE rising star, the two reconnected. This time, with mutual respect. They met during a Raw event and had a conversation that sparked an attraction. In addition to the conversation, they bonded over their roles as WWE villains and started dating.
After years as an unmarried couple, they got engaged in 2013 and married in the Bahamas at a well-attended destination wedding a year later. They got married on February 20, 2014, in front of friends, fellow wrestlers, and family. Since they got married, their lives have only gotten more intertwined.
They share two children, Monroe Sky Mizanin and Madison Jade Mizanin, who were born in February 2018 and September 2019, respectively. Maryse has also become The Miz’s WWE manager, and their relationship formed a part of his WWE Smackdown storyline. Outside of the WWE, their family is the subject of the USA Network reality show, Miz & Mrs, which premiered in 2018.
She Has Been Managing Her Husband Since 2016
She joined the WWE in 2006 after participating in their Diva Search reality TV series. Like her husband’s WWE journey, Maryse did not win the competition. Still, she impressed enough to secure a place in the company’s developmental territory. She performed at Ohio Valley Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling. Since then, she has fought on the Smackdown and Raw Brands, winning multiple titles.
In 2016, she began managing her husband after helping him engineer a victory during the WWE Intercontinental Championship. It happened that during a match for the title between Zack Ryder and The Miz, she slapped Ryder’s father, distracting Zack enough for Miz to land the title.
Although she has taken breaks for her pregnancies, they have worked together ever since. She was a helpful hand during his Intercontinental title defence match against Cesaro and at Backlash, against Dolph Ziggler. Maryse also famously helped Miz to his sixth Intercontinental Championship on the 900th episode of SmackDown.
They have also both appeared in The Marine film series and developed a reputation as one of WWE’s IT couples. The ace wrestler credits her for improving his confidence as a performer.
Time Management And A Supportive Extended Family Helps Them Maintain Their Busy Life
As two prominent figures in the WWE, The Miz and Maryse are extremely busy people. Combined with Miz’s work as a TV host, the couple does not have a lot of time to spare outside their professional ventures.
Still, they have maintained their young family with excellent time management, according to Miz. In addition to discipline and commitment on their part, the couple has also had a lot of support from their family members. Their respective mothers are regular fixtures in their home, babysitting and picking up other duties in the Mizanin family.
Miz and Maryse have also had the luck of being able to parent while they work. Their children are co-stars on Miz & Mrs, and their firstborn, Monroe, has appeared in their SmackDown storylines. This has given the couple a chance to build their family without significant disruption to their professional lives.