The Miz recently spoke to Bleacher Report to talk about various topics. He first appeared on television in 2001 as part of the MTV’s reality television program The Real World and then went on to appear in multiple seasons of its spin-off series, Real World/Road Rules Challenge. When asked about how the Real World got him ready for his pro wrestling career, he noted that it helped him with his promos and playing to the camera.
“It got me comfortable in front of the cameras. Whenever I had an interview, it wasn’t a nervous situation. That was something I’d done for a long time. It showed me I could play up to the cameras. The camera was my friend.”
After the show had wrapped, he started his pro wrestling career and appeared on WWE’s “Tough Enough” TV series in 2004. He would then join the main roster in 2006. It’s no secret that Miz was not liked during the early part of his career.
“I wasn’t liked. I think of WWE as a fraternity. You have the fans involved. You have the WWE Superstars involved. And you have me wanting to be a part of the fraternity and no one accepting me. Every ounce of respect I have today, I had to earn. I guess I’m glad for it because it made me the person I am today and I like me.”