Best known for his technical skills and persona in the ring, Michael Gregory Mizanin aka ‘The Miz’ has always been a sight to behold in the World Wrestling Entertainment. Leaving a bit to be desired when he first hit the ring, Mike’s unique success story has remained instrumental in his rise to fame. Over time, the professional wrestler has been able to acquire an array of fans who are willing to root for him all through his professional endeavours.
The Miz garnered his first notable fan base as a reality TV star following his appearance in the tenth season of MTV’s The Real World and its spinoff series, Real World/Road Rules Challenge. However, his biggest accomplishment remains his victory at the Money in the Bank challenge, as well as his first and only WWE Championship in 2010. In this article, we shall be revealing more about the professional wrestler. Here are facts about his personal life, career and wealth.
Early Life and Career
The American wrestler was born on October 8, 1980, in Parma, Ohio. He was raised by his mother Barbara Pappas as his parents are divorced. Mike’s father’s name is George Mizanin, the wrestler also has two half-siblings, Jimmy and Tonia from his mother’s second marriage.
Growing up as an athletic child, The Miz was involved in various sports activities including basketball, karate and baseball. He even received a black belt for his karate skills. Mike was a student at Ohio-based Normandy High School and after graduation, he enrolled at the Miami University to pursue a degree in Business but he left halfway to be part of a reality television show, The Real World. He also took part in the show’s multiple spinoff series like the Real World/Road Rules Challenge and was able to win its season 5 challenge, Battle of the Seasons.
Mizani took a seven-year-long break from the Real World/Road Rules Challenge to build a career in wrestling. First, he joined and got himself trained at the Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) and made his ring debut in 2003 with his ring name being ‘The Miz’. The following year, he joined WWE’s show Tough Enough and even though he lost to mixed martial artist Daniel Puder, his participation on the show marked a huge stepping stone for his big break in the World Wrestling Entertainment.
After a much-required training at Deep South Wrestling (DSW) and Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), he finally got a call to host a TV wrestling program called Smackdown. On July 23, 2012, The Miz received his very first Intercontinental Championship after contesting at the 1000th episode of Raw. He has since then received more awards for his wrestling endeavours. His awards include WWE United States Championship 2 times, World Tag Team Championship, Fifth Grand Slam Champion and the Slammy awards, to mention a few.
The Miz’s salary and net worth stem majorly from his wrestling career as well as his roles in numerous television programs. So far, he has a net worth of about $9 million with his annual salary as a professional wrestler estimated at $2.5 million plus an additional 5% income for travel, accommodation, merchandise sales, and PPV share. His huge earning has helped him live a luxurious lifestyle with his family. He even bought a castle-like house in January 2018 and he named it ‘Castle MarMiz’.
The Miz’s Wife
Outside his professional life, The Miz maintains a very healthy relationship with his wife, Maryse Ouellet whom he married on February 20, 2014. Maryse is The Miz’s longtime girlfriend and a co-WWE wrestler. The Canadian-American lady is also a well-known actress, glamour model, businesswoman and reality star. She was born in Montreal, Quebec, but spent much of her years in Edmundston, New Brunswick.
Maryse made her WWE debut in 2006 but she officially signed a WWE developmental contract on August 24, 2007. In addition to her professional wrestling career, Maryse has also appeared in a number of films and TV shows, some of which include Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Enter the Fist and the Golden Fleecing, Redemption Song, and Total Divas. However, following her release from the World Wrestling Entertainment in 2011, she veered into business, establishing her clothing and jewellery line, House of Maryse.
The Miz and Maryse got engaged in 2013 and the following year, they exchanged their marital vows in the Bahamas. On March 27, 2018, they welcomed their daughter named Monroe Sky Mizanin. The wrestler and his family later relocated to Austin, Texas and on February 17, 2019, the couple broke the news about expecting of their second child, due in September.
Height, Weight, Other Facts
- The Miz is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and his body weight is 100kg (221 lb).
- During his college year, The Miz was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity.
- The Miz’s first job before going to Miami University for his degree was as a cook at his father’s sandwich shop known as Mr Hero.
- While he was participating in The Real World Show, The Miz was characterized as arrogant and aggressive. He developed the character to suit the ‘unforgiving’ environment of the reality show.
- The Miz is one of the most well-spoken guys on the roster. He makes himself available for media interviews.