I was told that I have 15 minutes to talk to WWE superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin.
I do not know if he has another interview after me, so I write down all my points. I have to move quickly from point to point and direct the conversation, if I get some good quotes from it. And for the first few questions, my interview with Mizanin moves in a steady clip. But then I hear a baby crying in the background. It's his newborn daughter and adds two cents to her conversation.
"If you could stand it, I think she's hungry," Mizanin says, slightly confused. "This is something new that I have to conduct ̵
It's certainly a juggler, and Mizanin attributes to his wife WWE superstar and manager / valet Marysee that she owns much of the domestic Load shoulders. When he's home, he does everything to make her work easier.
"My wife and I are doing a great day team," says Mizanin. "I see that loving, maternal side of her caring for Monroe Heaven, and I'm in awe … [Fatherhood] concerns every part of [my] life, I change diapers, I feed her, I bring her I'm a full-time dad. "
The Rise of an Unlikely WWE Superstar
It's another side of a man who's known to millions of people as a villain – who makes his living workers and slams on one hard mat. Mizanin is WWE's 25th "Triple Crown Champion". Throughout his career he has hosted the Tag Team Championship, the Intercontinental Championship and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. (He has upgraded the 2011 WrestleMania XXVII with John Cena in the lead role while holding the latter title.) But for the past two years, Mizanin has been razor-focussed on his pursuit and the Intercontinental title – a championship particularly in the last 20 years Years, was often an afterthought compared to its heavyweight counterpart.
"My favorite wrestler, who grows up, was the decisive warrior," says Mizanin. "I was walking around with the tassels on my arms and he held the Intercontinental title, as well as wrestlers like Shawn Michaels and Ravishing Rick Rude."
In fact, the main event of the 1990s WrestleMania VI was The Ultimate Warrior Vs. Hulk Hogan – an Intercontinental Champion against the World Heavyweight Champion, winner-all-showdown won by Warrior.
Warrior holds the Intercontinental title for a total of 432 days over the course of two title regimes Miz has outperformed his childhood hero, holding the title eight times for a total of 599 days, most recently losing on April 8 in a triple-threat match against Seth Rollins and Finn Balor the title WrestleMania 34 When Mizanin regains the Intercontinental Belt before retiring, he only needs 21 more days to surpass Pedro Morales' record of 619 combined days – a record that has been in existence since 1983.
"I want the Intercontinental title to be more than just a center card belt," says Mizanin. "The Intercontinental Champion was once considered a threat to the WWE Champion and my goal is to bring the Intercontinental Championship back to this important level."
Miz has done more to raise the title than any other WWE superstar In the past decade, one of his most passionate and iconic defenses of the Intercontinental title came not in the ring but in an interview segment.
It was August 2016. Mizanin, the current Intercontinental Champion, had just been to Smackdown but the producers of the show had bad news for him when he came to work this week.
"I was told I would not be on the show with the Intercontinental title," Mizanin recalls. "And I was really angry that they could not have time for the Intercontinental Champion, and I took note of that on [General Manager] Daniel Bryan Smackdown ."
Mizanin was a guest at Smackdown 's post-show post-production, Talking Schmatzen . Bryan, who retired at this time due to concussions, dismissed Mizanin as a wrestling like a coward. Mizanin blew his cool; He turned to Bryan and delivered one of the most devastating, memorable promos of recent memory. Some excerpts:
"The reason I wrestle as I wrestle is because I can do it day to day, all the time for over 10 years. I've never, ever, in my career, ever been hurt. I'm not hurt for six months to a year, I'm here every week, but you sit there and call me a coward? "
" You love being in this wrestling ring, and you love wrestling, right? Well, then why do not you stop and go with your indie friends in the bingo halls! "
It was not only mean and sharp, but it had the ring of truth. Mizanin did not do death-defying dives, but he was consistent and reliable. Unlike Bryan (who returned to wrestling at WrestleMania 34 on April 8), he still had a career. Bryan stormed out of the set while Miz continued his tirade, angry tears glinting in his eyes.
"The people behind the stage packed their bags and left, and suddenly everyone just stopped," Mizanin recalls. "I only remember parts of that moment afterwards because I was so angry, but I was just up and down, I did not know what to do with myself."
And since then, Mizanin has experienced a career renaissance. In January, Mizanin won his match against top-class Roman Reigns in the 25th episode of Raw earning his eighth Intercontinental Championship title ever for one The guy many fans initially dismissed as a joke, a reality show contestant who just tried to extend his 15 minutes.
Reflections on Reality Television
As a participant in MTV's The Real World in 2001, this Mizanin first showed his alter ego, The Miz, to his unbelieving roommates and He subsequently appeared multiple times in a spin-off show on Road Rules Challenge which he w to twice. In 2012, after a seven-year absence, he returned to The Challenge and fulfilled his duties as host for the season finale and reunification.
On Tuesday, April 17 at 22 o'clock. ET / PT, MTV will be the newest season of The Challenge, titled The Challenge: Champs Vs. Stars premiere. As in previous seasons, the participants are stars and champions of the show. But unlike previous seasons, where the two groups faced each other, this time they are mixed together, forcing the newcomers to acclimatize and learn the game on a steeper turn. Contestants will compete for $ 150,000 in charity money.
Celebrities include Drake Bell ( Drake and Josh Kid Star), Lil Mama (recording artist), Hennessy Carolina (fashion designer and Cardi B sister), and Booby Gibson (former NBA player), among others. And Mizanin will host the show, no longer threatened by the negative reputations that reality television once had.
"I think [the reality show stigma] has passed," says Mizanin. "Everybody is a reality star these days, if you go on Instagram you can see everything The Rock does, but in my time, if you were a reality star, you could just be a star on this show."  Everyone is a reality star these days. But in my time, if you were a reality star, you could just be a star on this show.
Mizanin is clearly beyond this kind of stagnation. He has several projects in progress or in progress. In addition to his work as WWE Superstar and Challenge he will star in the film The Marine 6: Close Quarters alongside WWE superstars Becky Lynch and Shawn Michaels. He will also star in a new US reality show entitled Miz and Mrs. which will give WWE fans a closer look into his private life.
"I think all [the different Miz characters] are sides of me, says Mizanin, there's the WWE Miz. There's The Challenge presenter Miz, who stirs the pot and brings the contestants into the race because I've won this game; I think that's why they wanted me back. "
" There's the version of the Miz you see on Total Divas where you have my privacy Miz and Mrs. because you will see a page that is very assignable, "Mizanin continues." The way you have been exchanging with your friends for 20 years, is unlike the way you would interact with people in a public environment. "
Ironically, considering that Mizanin has entertained us for nearly two decades, albeit in different incarnations.
"I never objected to being a reality TV star," Mizanin says. The Real World allowed me to have all the success I have today But the negativity of everyone – anyone who drives me, and anyone on Twitter who tells me that I suck – I use it as fuel. "
Mizanin has taken a decidedly unconventional path to fame , But now that he has made it, it makes little sense to discuss the means.