The Miz may in fact be a Paul Heyman guy. He detailed WWE’s original plans, and what Paul Heyman did that changed his entire career. This is what The Miz said on “Off The Beat with Brian Baumgartner.”
“They brought me up to Connecticut to commentate…So Joey Styles brought me up with Todd Grisham and Michael Cole. They all brought me up and I had to do a take of commentating and they told me, ‘Hey, we’re thinking we might bring you in as a commentator or an interviewer.’”
“Paul Heyman what the first person who said, ‘You’re not a babyface.’ I go to Ohio Valley Wrestling and they weren’t cheering. They were just, it was kind of just meh … Paul goes, ‘Do you know why you’re not connecting?’ I go, ‘No.’ He goes, ‘Because you’re not a babyface. You’re a heel’ … We set up, we wrote this promo, and I went out there and cut it and I don’t think I’ve ever went back since. It just felt right. Oh my God.”
It’s hard to imagine The Miz as a Paul Heyman guy. He seems to be the polar opposite of typical Heyman guys. Not remotely indy, and tends as a character at least, to look down on those guys. Many of the indy talents were Heyman guys.
Also, quite interesting to think about if The Miz had become a commentator instead of a wrestler. I wonder if it would have worked.
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