Michael Gregory “Mike” Mizanin (born October 8, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, reality television star, and actor. He is signed to WWE, where he performs under the ring name The Miz.
Mizanin first gained fame as a cast member on MTV’s The Real World: Back to New York, which first aired in 2001, and its spinoff series, Real World/Road Rules Challenge. He later entered the fourth season of Tough Enough, a televised competition which awarded the winner a WWE contract, and became the first runner-up. Mizanin trained and wrestled in independent/developmental territories Ultimate Pro Wrestling, Deep South Wrestling, and Ohio Valley Wrestling prior to appearing in WWE.
Mizanin became host of the annual WWE Diva Search competition in 2006. Following his hosting duties, Mizanin made his wrestling debut in September 2006, as a villain who went undefeated for three months until he was defeated by The Boogeyman at Armageddon. In 2007, Miz was drafted from SmackDown! to the ECW brand, where he formed a partnership with John Morrison, and as a team would go on to win both the WWE Tag Team Championship and World Tag Team Championship.
The Miz was then drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2009 WWE draft. In July 2010, he won the Raw Money in the Bank ladder match at the first-ever WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view, earning a contract for a WWE Championship match. He cashed it in November on Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship, which he went on to hold for six months. In 2011, The Miz was ranked number one on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual PWI 500 list. In total, The Miz has won 13 championships in WWE (one WWE, four Intercontinental, two U.S., and six Tag Team), is the 25th Triple Crown Champion in company history, the 14th Grand Slam Champion, and (along with John Morrison) won the 2008 Tag Team of the Year Slammy Award. He has main-evented several pay-per-views for WWE, including WrestleMania XXVII.
He married his long-time girlfriend, model, actress and two-time WWE Divas Champion, Maryse Ouellet in 2014.
Mizanin was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended Normandy High School and was the captain of its basketball and cross country teams. He also participated in swimming, and was a member of the student government and the editor of his high school yearbook. He then attended Miami University, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, and studied business at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business, before he was cast as a member of “The Real World” (2001).
Mizanin played a small role in the film The Campaign. On April 30, 2012, it was announced that The Miz would star in WWE Studios film The Marine 3: Homefront. Mizanin replaced fellow wrestler Randy Orton who was dropped from the role due to his past with the USMC. That day, it was also announced that Mizanin will be featured in the WWE Studios and Kare Prod project Les reines du ring (Queens of the Ring) alongside Eve Torres and CM Punk. In 2012, he was on MDA Show of Strength with Maryse and other celebrities.
He has featured in WWE video games WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011, WWE All Stars, WWE ’12, WWE ’13, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15 and WWE 2K16.
Mizanin starred in the ABC Family TV movie Christmas Bounty, which premiered in December 2013.
Mizanin’s parents are divorced. He has a step-father named Donnie and two half-siblings, Jimmy and Tonia.
Mizanin passionately roots for his hometown’s Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Cleveland Indians. Prior to the Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels game on July 26, 2011, he fulfilled one of his lifelong goals when he threw out the first pitch.
Mizanin married his longtime girlfriend and former WWE Diva Maryse Ouellet on February 20, 2014, in the Bahamas. The couple reside in Los Angeles, California.