During an interview with Busted Open, Miz was asked about being viewed as still a reality television show star in the world of professional wrestling. The former WWE champion talks about feeling like being an outsider still.
I think now more than ever, especially with Flair being in my corner and kind of mentoring me, I think now I have the biggest microscope on me because it's like, wait a second, this guy is still an outsider. I still consider myself an outsider.
It's not that I haven't gotten over it. I feel like the fans haven't yet, as in, the older fans. The kids, sure. The kids have gotten over it. They don't even know that I was on the Real World. They know me as Miz from WWE. But I feel like guys your age probably, still, no matter what, will always have that chip on their shoulder about me, no matter what. I mean, when I was main eventing Wrestlemania I guarantee everyone was like, 'well why is this guy doing it, why is The Miz getting these opportunities'?
Any time a superstar is main eventing Wrestlemania, if you're not jealous, mad, angry that you're not in that spot, then there's something wrong with you and you shouldn't be in WWE.