The Miz was recently a guest on SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio, where he spoke about the importance of winning in WWE, why he doesn’t think he’s ever become one of the top guys in the company, and why he’s not the best at being a “good guy,” amongst a number of other things.
When asked what he thinks if he’ll ever become “the guy” in WWE, Miz was pretty candid in his evaluation of himself. “If I look at myself in the mirror and I’m completely honest with myself, I look at myself and I’m like, ‘Well, you’re only 6’1”, you’re only 200-some pounds,’ but then you sit there and go, ‘Well, Daniel Bryan,’ but Daniel Bryan is known as a technical wrestler,” he said. “I am known – I always drive it back to, I’m known as a reality star and, you know, reality stars aren’t supposed to be buttkickers, but I think I’ve proven myself to do that. And honestly, I think it’s just bad timing sometimes. I wish I could tell you the answer. I really do. I wish there was just a clear cut answer on why I’m not the guy. Maybe the creative thinks like differently. Maybe they think like, ‘Yeah, no, you’re the guy. You are the guy. You’re just the guy that we can use -‘ like I always have this problem.”
Miz went on to discuss how he believes that winning is extremely important in the business of WWE< and often reflects on his career through those stats. “Whenever someone comes out of like a meeting or something, they’ll go like – I’m like, ‘Man, I lost.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but you know, tomorrow, you’ll get back on the microphone and nobody will remember that loss,'” he said. “But then I’m like, ‘Yeah, but once you start losing quite a bit in WWE, people start looking at you like a loser. And you need to have wins under your belt, big wins.’ And I’ve always been a bad guy. And I’m really good at being a bad guy. I’m not good at being a good guy. I know I’m not. And sometimes I think that’s the reason, cause if you look at WWE, it’s a good guy business, you know? Like, you look at our top stars, our biggest stars, they’ve always been good guys. And so I’ve always been that catalyst, that person that’s a villain that will do whatever it takes to – I will cheat. I lie. I will do whatever, and whenever I am going over the hump where people are starting to respect me, and say, ‘Ooh, we’re cheering this guy now.’ The cheers are just – I’m just so good at being bad that it just doesn’t work, in my opinion. Maybe that’s it.”
"I'm really good at being a bad guy."
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) July 8, 2020