It was on the shows that he crafted the persona of The Miz was also competing on independent shows to help build up his credibility to eventually earn a chance in the WWE.
He did just that, appearing in the WWE reality show Tough Enough. While he didn’t win the show, he was certainly the most successful wrestler to come from the reality show, winning two WWE Championships and numerous other titles of his way to the WWE greatness.
However, a lot of fans have gone out on a limb and decided that The Miz should not in the WWE Hall of Fame. In this article, we will look at why The Miz deserves to be a WWE Hall of Famer and who will induct him into the those hallowed halls.
The Miz in the Hall of Fame
If somebody said to you that The Miz is a Hall of Fame headliner, you may scoff. Many would.
For some, his career has been wholly unremarkable. He is a good promo on his day, some would argue top tier. Especially in his feuds with John Cena and Dolph Ziggler, he showcased how good he could be on the microphone and how he can sell a match just on his words.
But the argument about The Miz is that he’s just a little too “WWE”. He wrestles a slow, safe style. He never deviates away from what he knows. He wrestles the same match, does the same moves and spouts the same catchphrases every week. It all gets a bit tiresome, this hypothetical fan may argue (as may you at home).
But, in a way, that is where the beauty of The Miz. He is predictable. He is safe. He is consistent. He is loyal. That is everything that Vince McMahon wants in his WWE Superstars. He has wrestled with no injuries for over 15 years and shows no signs of stopping.
He turns everything he touches into gold, making the best of a bad situation and turning whatever segment he is in, at the very least, into something worth watching.
Hall of Fame Announcement
The Miz announced himself as being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in late 2021. He was revealed to be the first inductee into the 2020 class which was later revealed to be headlined by nonother than the legendary The Undertaker.
However, not all was what it seems. You’ll notice that The Miz was not part of that group of inductees that were comprised of the aforementioned The Undertaker plus Vader, The Steiners and Queen Sharmell (no really, she was actually inducted. For what, I’m not sure).
The announcement was later revealed as simply a brag by The Miz in character and never intended to be an actual hall of fame reveal. It was part of a wrestling storyline and when Wrestlemania came around he was not part of the cohort to be etched in WWE history in the hall of fame.
However, he will certainly be inducted one day, who the question begs – who will be the person to induct him?
Who will induct him?
When looking back through the career of The Miz it is fun to think of who would induct him into the Hall of Fame. He has a long list of former allies and foes who could all give a touching tribute to mark the end of a storied career.
Former tag team partners like Alex Riley, Damien Sandow and John Morrison (Johnny Elite in AEW), have travelled with the man himself and will know him better than many. So would former opponents like John Cena, The Miz or Kofi Kingston, who faced him uncountable times at some of the biggest stages in wrestling.
However, there is only one person The Miz would chose to induct him into the Hall of Fame, as he revealed in an interview with Adam Glyn of Adam’s Apple.
“I appreciate it. I think some people would be hateful on you and say, ‘absolutely not, I will dread the day that he is inducted into the Hall Of Fame,’ but that’s okay. Maryse, my wife, of course. Why is that interesting? I live every day with her, she is the mother of my two beautiful baby girls. She knows me more than anyone and supported me through everything all day, every day. It’s a natural fit.”
The Miz wanting his wife Maryse to induct him into the Hall of Fame is touching. However that wont happen until he is done wrestling and is out of the business for good. But is The Miz retiring soon?
Is The Miz retiring?
As of the time of writing, The Miz is not due to retire. He has been as busy as ever, in fact. The former WWE Champion is a constant on TV where he performs on Monday Night Raw after he was drafted to the Raw brand.
He has recently reunited with his wife Maryse on WWE TV, who tried (and failed) to help her husband defeat Riddle in an impromptu match. Sadly, her interfance seemed to have cost The Miz the match when he was hit by an RKO by his opponent and was pinned, lsoing the match.
The Miz is known for his very safe style of wrestle. Daniel Bryan he even accused him of “wrestling like a coward” during a fiery segment on Talking Smack in 2016. The outburst following this insult turned The Miz into one of the biggest heels on the roster and made the eventually match between the two a year later even more exciting to watch.
Since then, he has won his second WWE Championship last year and even launched his own reality. Miz & Mrs follows in the footsteps of previous WWE produced reality shows like Total Divas and Total Bellas, and delves deep into the life of Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and his wife Maryse Mizanin.
When The Miz retires he will certainly be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, as a two time WWE Champion, multi-time Intercontinental Champion and multi-time Tag Team Champion. He also won the Money in the Bank briefcase and main evented Wrestlemania, in 20122 against John Cena.
Do you think The Miz will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame one day?
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.