Michael Gregory Mizanin is a 40-year-old professional wrestler from Parma, Ohio. Mizanin is currently signed with the WWE and performs on RAW under the ring name, The Miz.
In 2003, Mizanin began his wrestling career with Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW), where he trained in the Ultimate University. He made his in-ring debut as “The Miz” that year for the promotion. In October 2004, Mizanin entered the fourth season of WWE’s Tough Enough, a television show which awarded the winner a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) contract and $1,000,000 USD.
Mizanin did not win Tough Enough but he was eventually offered a developmental contract with the company. He was sent to Deep South Wrestling to train under Bill DeMott in Georgia. In July 2005, Mizanin wrestled a couple dark matches for the WWE. On December 1, he defeated Mike Knox in a tournament to determine the inaugural Deep South Heavyweight Champion.
The Miz’s WWE Debut
Mizanin was transferred to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) and wrestled his first match on January 28, 2006. A week later, The Miz and his tag team partner, Chris Cage, won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship by defeating Chet the Jett and Seth Skyfire. The Miz debuted on SmackDown in June as a host for the Divas Search competition but made his actual in-ring debut on September 1, 2006, in a winning match against Tatanka. The Miz then had a three month long winning streak, defeating wrestlers like Matt Hardy, Funaki and Hotty 2 Scotty.
At Royal Rumble 2007, The Miz entered entrant #29 but was eliminated in only 7 seconds by the Great Khali. At the 2007 supplemental draft, The Miz was drafted to ECW and made his debut on the July 10th episode. On November 16, The Miz and John Morrison won the WWE Tag Team Championships when they defeated Matt Hardy and Montel Vontavious Porter. This was his first championship with the company. The Miz and John Morrison lost the championship to Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder at the Great American Bash.
The Miz & Morrison Tag Team Champions
During a WWE house show in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, on December 13 2008, The Miz and Morrison defeated Kofi Kingston and CM Punk to win the World Tag Team Championship. They lost the titles in a dark match WrestleMania XXV to The Colóns in a lumberjack match to unify the World Tag Team and the WWE Tag Team titles. The Miz and Morrison ended their tag team partnership after the 2009 WWE draft.
The Miz won the United States Championship, his first singles championship, in October 2009 when he defeated Kofi Kingston on RAW. In January 2010, The Miz and Big Show formed a tag team dubbed, “ShoMiz,” and together, they defeated D-Generation X and The Straight Edge Society to become the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions. With this win, Miz became the first wrestler in WWE history to hold three championships at the same time (United States, World Tag Team and WWE Tag Team Champion). They lost the titles to The Hart Dynasty the night after Extreme Rules on April 26.
The Miz Wins Money in the Bank
The following month, Miz lost the United States Championship to Bret Hart but regained it after he defeated R-Truth, John Morrison and Zack Ryder in a fatal four-way match less than a month later. At the 2010 Money in the Bank pay-per-view, The Miz won a Money in the bank ladder match giving him a contract for a WWE Championship match that he could utilize at any time. He made numerous attempts to cash in the contract on WWE champion, Sheamus, but the matches were continually interrupted by other wrestlers before the matches could occur.
The Miz and Daniel Bryan began a feud after Bryan returned to SummerSlam. Miz lost the United States Championship to Bryan at the Night of Champions in September. In November, Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract following a successful WWE Championship defense by Randy Orton against Wade Barrett to become the new WWE Champion. His reign lasted until May 1st when he lost to John Cena in a triple threat steel cage match also involving John Morrison. The Miz failed to regain the title in a rematch. At RAW 1000 in July 2012, Miz defeated Christian to win his first Intercontinental Championship and successfully defended his title for 85 days.
The following year, The Miz defeated Wade Barrett at the WrestleMania 29 pre-show but lost it back to Barrett the following night on RAW. He failed to regain the title at PayBack and Money in the Bank. At Battleground, Miz won a battle royal by lastly eliminating Dolph Ziggler to win the Intercontinental Championship for the third time. The Miz has since won the Intercontinental Championship five more times to make him an eight time Intercontinental champion.
The Miz & Maryse
After WrestleMania 32, The Miz’s wife, Maryse, returned to WWE and they proclaimed themselves to be the “it” couple. Throughout 2016, The Miz successfully defended his Intercontinental Championship with Maryse by his side who often interfered in matches. At the 2017 Royal Rumble, The Miz entered at number 15 and lasted an impressive 32 minutes before being eliminated by The Undertaker. The Miz also formed the stable, “The Miztourage,” with Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel in June 2017. The Miztourage feuded with various teams.
From 2017 to 2020, The Miz has been involved in various feuds and storylines. In 2018, he competed in the WWE World Cup tournament to determine the “Best Wrestler in the World” at the Crown Jewel event. He defeated Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio to advance to the finals but injured himself and was unable to compete against Dolph Ziggler. He also attempted to win the Intercontinental title from Shinsuke Nakamura several times but was unsuccessful.
Miz and Morrison Reunite
In 2020, The Miz reunited with his former tag team partner John Morrison, who made his return to WWE. The Miz participated in the 2020 Royal Rumble match but was eliminated by Drew McIntyre in 30 seconds.
At Super ShowDown in February, Miz and Morrison won the SmackDown Tag Team Championship from The New Day. They lost the titles back to The New Day after Miz unsuccessfully defended the titles by himself in a triple threat match against Big E and Jey Uso. Their reign lasted 50 days. They attempted to win the titles back in a rematch but were not successful. The Miz and Morrison then started feuding with Braun Strowman and challenged him for his Universal Championship but they lost at Backlash in a two-on-one handicap match.
At the 2020 WWE Draft in October, The Miz was drafted to RAW.
At the WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and pinned Drew McIntyre to become the WWE Champion for the second time.
On March 1st, 2021, The Miz lost the title to Bobby Lashley.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Deep South Wrestling
- DSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE Championship (2 times)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (8 times)
- WWE United States Championship (2 times)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (4 times)
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- Mixed Match Challenge (Season 1)
- Money in the Bank (Raw 2010)
- Twenty-fifth Triple Crown Champion
- Fifth Grand Slam Champion
- Slammy Awards (2 times)
- Best WWE.com Exclusive (2008)
- Tag Team of the Year (2008)