The Miz competed in the fourth season of WWE Tough Enoughand although it was finally defeated by Daniel Puder, obtained a development contract with the company. Although he had a contract with the company, the Amazing recalled that the original idea was to have him at the microphones.
“I’ll never forget it, they said, ‘You impressed us so much that maybe there’s something for you here.’ I was brought to Connecticut to comment. Joey Styles brought me in with Todd Grisham and Michael Cole, they brought me in and I had to do a commentary take. I was told, ‘we could bring you in as a commentator or interviewer‘. It was the first time I said, ‘but I want to be a WWE superstar’. They didn’t look at me as a WWE superstar, they looked at me as a personality. I saw something different, ‘I love what they do and they do a great job, but I want to be bigger than The Rock and bigger than (Hulk) Hogan. I want to be a Superstar’”, commented The Miz in an interview with Brian Baumgartner in Off The Beat.
► The Miz sought to be a WWE star
it was so The Miz received a development contract with WWE and he admitted that not much was expected of him; besides that his salary was less than what he earned on MTV, so she had to make a decision about his career.
“They gave me a development contract and they didn’t think it was going to be a big deal, to be honest… They gave me this development contract and I was like, ‘Am I making more than this doing Real World and The Challenge (on MTV). I’m not taking a pay cut to do this.’ I had to think about it. Are we looking at this as a career change? Sometimes you have to take less because you see the big picture. That is what I did. I took less money to go there, train and prove everyone wrong.
Currently, The Miz is a must in WWE and is even one of the fan favorites, because in addition to the fact that he has improved a lot in the ring, his character is one of the most respected in the company.
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The Miz remembers when he came to WWE, he was going to be a commentator