“Everyone Wanted Me Out” – The Miz Reveals the Backstage Reaction to His First Run as the WWE Champion

Published 02/26/2021, 8:21 AM EST


In a recent interview, The Miz revealed how the Superstars behaved with him during his first run as a pro-wrestler working with WWE.

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The current WWE Champion revealed that the critics, the WWE Universe, and even the Superstars in the locker room couldn’t tolerate him, as a human being and as a wrestler.

“Nobody wanted me there. Not the WWE Universe, not the critics, not the WWE locker room. Everyone wanted me out. They hated me, could not stand me as a human being, as a WWE Superstar.”

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When he secured the WWE Championship for the first time, not only did he endure hatred from the critics and colleagues but also from the wrestling fans on social media.

“I get the WWE Championship, maybe four or five years later. Nobody in the locker room wanted me to have that, nobody! None of the critics. I remember my Twitter feed, and it was literally all negativity, 100%. Nobody respected me, nobody liked me, nobody wanted me to be a WWE Champion.”

Coming to WrestleMania 27, The Miz used The Rock’s help to keep the WWE Championship against John Cena. Furthermore, he cut a promo that showed the audience what he is capable of as a performer and as a pro-wrestler.

He walked out of WrestleMania as the bad guy who had won. While he acknowledges Rock’s help, he believes it was ultimately his own strategies which made him the winner.

“Did The Rock help? Sure but remember, I am the master strategist. I always think far ahead of everybody else to make sure that I am the success because I know what it takes.”

Did Drew McIntyre have a chance against The Miz at Elimination Chamber 2021?

The Miz secured the WWE Championship from Drew McIntyre at WWE Elimination Chamber 2021. His entire fanbase was ecstatic to see him back on top after a decade.

However, one can’t help but notice the similarity between the two situations.

At WrestleMania 27, The Miz took The Rock’s help to keep the championship. However, at Elimination Chamber 2021, he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract after Drew McIntyre tired himself out defending the title in the Elimination Chamber match.

Read: “That Was a Bad Day for Me” – WWE Champion The Miz Recalls His Heated Altercation With Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack

In both situations, The Miz had an added advantage. Hence, this raises the question – could he have retained the title if Rock didn’t show up or if McIntyre hadn’t gone through a brutal fight prior to fighting Miz?

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The answer will vary. His fans will say yes, while others might disagree.

However, the one thing which is absolutely certain is that The Miz is a strategist. He doesn’t go all-in with guns blazing, trying to tear his opponent apart.

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He takes his time, works out a plan, and capitalizes on the perfect moment. Now that’s impressive workmanship! Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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