In 2004, a reality television star called Mike Mizanin signed up for WWE competition Tough Enough in a bid to live his ambitious dream of becoming a pro wrestler/sports entertainer.
Fast forward 14 years and not only has Mizanin, better known to us as The Miz, fulfilled his lifelong dream, but he has wildly exceeded anybody’s expectations of what he could achieve in the wrestling business.
He has held almost every title there is to hold in WWE, including the WWE Championship (x1) and the Intercontinental Championship (x7), while he defeated John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania XXVII.
It was recently announced that Miz and his wife Maryse will star in their own docuseries on the USA Network later in 2018, so let’s take a look at five real-life stories about “The A-Lister” to get a better idea of what the man behind the character is really like.
#5 His school show-and-tell didn’t go as planned
An eight-year-old Mike Mizanin travelled to Atlantic City, New Jersey with his father George to watch WrestleMania V in 1989.
While they were there, George treated young Mike to the official WrestleMania program, personally signed by the two headline stars of the show, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, as well as The Honky Tonk Man.
Mike was so pleased to have autographs from three WWE Superstars that he showed it off to all of his friends and took the program to school for show-and-tell class.
However, speaking 28 years later in a YouTube video with his parents (at the 02:55 mark of the embedded video), the man we’ve come to know as The Miz revealed that his father conned him and actually forged the autographs himself.