Newly crowned WWE Champion The Miz spoke to Sports Illustrated in the wake of his shocking title win at Elimination Chamber 2021.
Amongst the topics covered, Miz spoke about his relationship with WWE Owner Vince McMahon, and trials and tribulations of his first WWE Title run:
“Vince trusted me when no one else did. He trusted me to go up against John Cena at WrestleMania 27 and to be in that story with The Rock, who had just come back to WWE. I got lost in that story. They were made men by then, and I still needed to make myself. Working live shows with Cena and Randy Orton, that taught me what it takes to be a main-eventer. And I’ve never stopped listening or learning.
“Over the last five years, I’ve found a new gear. I remember facing AJ Styles when he came to WWE, and his style was so different than anything I was used to. That’s when I knew I needed to elevate my work. And my wife deserves a lot of credit, too. Working with her, she gave me confidence that brought me to a new level.”
Miz also vowed that his current WWE Title reign would not be a transitional one.