WWE star The Miz did an interview with the Busted Open radio show today. Here are some of the highlights:
On being cheered now despite virtually no character change: "I have Google Alerts; anytime someone talks about me on the internet I get the feed, so I'm always reading up and people saying things. My favorite is this, and people on the internet have been saying this for about a year now, 'Miz needs to change to babyface; he needs to be a good guy; he's the same character as a bad guy; he's saying the same things.' So then I change to a good guy and now guess what they're saying? 'He needs to go back to being a bad guy.' The thing about it is, I've always looked at myself as a good guy. Even when people proclaim me as a villain I've always said, 'you know what? I'm not a bad guy. The reason why I do the things that I do is because I want to win and I know I'm not bigger, I'm probably not as technical as some people, but I will cheat to win. I will do whatever I possibly can do to win,' and now I'm still that same exact person and I'm still cocky and arrogant but now I feel like I'm their cocky and arrogant person. And I'm doing it to people that they hate even more than me, which I didn't even know that could be possible."
On working with Ric Flair: "Ric Flair has been very, very hands on with me since day one. Ric Flair has always been person that I've looked up to, that I've respected in this business. He's done it all. He always takes me aside and says, 'listen, here's an easier way to get into the figure 4, here's a way to make it work better for you,' and the greatest thing about Ric Flair is he still wants me to be me. He doesn’t want me to say, 'the Ric Flair Woo, I'm going to Woo. Ric Flair does struts, I'm going to strut.' He's like, 'be your own superstar. This is what worked for me. What is going to work for you as a WWE superstar?' That's something that I've taken and really put out there. I'm going to be The Miz and I'm going to do things the way Miz would do."