The Miz is the ring name given to the American professional wrestler Michael Gregory “Mike” Mizanin who is not just a wrestler, but a reality television star, and an actor. The Miz was born on October 8, 1980, in Parma, Ohio, the U.S.
The Miz is one of the most successful WWE superstars of recent times. He is also one of the few to make it to the top without a pro wrestling or MMA background.
The A-lister has never disappointed to entertain his fans and he is the guy many people love to hate. In this post, we will look into The Miz’s net worth, his personal life, his movie career and many more.
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Early Life of ‘The Miz’
His parents got divorced when he was of the age 11. From thenceforth the Miz started living with his mother and step-father Donnie. The Miz has two half-sibling brothers named Johnny and Tonia. He joined the Normandy High School where he was promoted with the captaincy role of basketball and cross country teams.
He proved his excellence by participating in swimming and was a member of the student government and the editor of his high school yearbook. Later he entered Miami University, where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, and studied business at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business.
In 2001, he was offered an opportunity to be a cast member of MTV’s The Real World show. This made him drop out of the college. This show acted as a stepping stone for his Television career which he has excelled now.
The Miz is currently signed to WWE and performs under the SmackDown. He has previously performed under several wrestling promotions and is also a one-time WWE Champion. Apart from wrestling, the Miz has featured in several television shows and movies.
Pro Wrestling Career
In 2003, the Miz stepped into the Ultimate Pro Wrestling in order to pursue his wrestling career. The next year (i.e.) in 2004, he participated in the Tough Enough where the winner would get the WWE contract. Though Mike ended up as second in the reality series, the WWE offered him a developmental contract.
In 2006, the Miz made his debut on SmackDown. During his initial days at SmackDown brand, he mostly conducted backstage interviews and hosted contests like Diva Search competition.
In Nov 2017, The Miz won his first championship title when he teamed up with John Morrison to defeat the WWE Tag Team Champions Matt Hardy and MVP. In 2009, the Miz won the United States Championship by defeating Kofi Kingston.
In July 2010, he won the Money in The Bank contract which he later cashed on Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship title. The Miz had a great run with WWE Championship before losing it to John Cena in a triple threat match which also included John Morrison.
TV and Movie Career
Mizanin debut in the field of television shows was in 2001 by appearing on the 10th season of MTV’s reality television program ‘The Real World’. He continued his television shows by featuring in multiple seasons of The Real World’s bonus series, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, including Battle of the Seasons, The Gauntlet, The Inferno, Battle of the Sexes 2 and The Inferno 2.
Except for Battle of the Sexes 2, Mizanin made it to the end of all the Challenges on which he competed and won both Battle of the Seasons and The Inferno 2. He took a break of seven years from The Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
On April 4, 2012, he returned to the show, as the host of The Battle of the Exes season finale event and reunion special. This return marked the first time he appeared on the series since becoming the main event WWE Superstar.
In 2004, he took part in the Bravo reality show Battle of the Network Reality Stars, where his team finished second. Mizanin was also a contestant in the ‘Reality Stars’ episode of Fear Factor. His partner was his former girlfriend and cast-mate, Trishelle Cannatella, and the two won the competition.
The Miz has also appeared in game shows such as ‘Identity’ in April 2007. He appeared as a stranger, and contestant John Kim correctly identified his identity as a professional wrestler by the way he added ‘Miz-’ before most words. In 2008, Mizanin appeared on the Sci-Fi reality series Ghost Hunters Live as a guest investigator.
In 2009, Mizanin appeared on two episodes of ‘Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?’ which were both aired on September 29. He also came in an episode of Destroy Build Destroy on March 3, 2010. On October 5, 2011, Miz starred in an episode of H8R. He also appeared as a guest star in a March 2012 episode of Psych.
On March 31, Miz appeared in the first ever Slime Wrestling World Championship at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, losing to Big Show and therefore being thrown into a tub of slime. In 2012, Miz appeared on the Disney XD show Pair of Kings as a guest star.
In 2013, Miz along with Francia Raisa was in a movie together called Christmas Bounty. He was also featured in Santa’s Little Helper. The Marine 5: Battleground is his recent action film in which he plays the leading role.
The Miz is a family man. The couple tied the knot on February 20, 2014. Mizanin got married to his longtime girlfriend and former WWE Diva Maryse Ouellet. The wedding ceremony was hosted in the One and Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. Around 90 guests including several WWE Superstars attended the wedding ceremony.
After the wedding ceremony, a party was held at the Atlantis resort. The married couple is leading a happy life at Austin, Texas, the U.S. There has not been any controversy or rumors of the couple getting divorced.
The Miz’s Wife
Before getting married, the couple dated for several years. The Miz’s wife Maryse belongs to French-Canadian descent. Maryse is not just a professional wrestler, but a professional manager, businesswoman, a model who has signed to WWE and an actor.
During the 2006 Diva Search, the couple got introduced to each other as they were working for WWE. Since then, The Miz and Maryse relationship have been linked with their careers. Maryse is very supportive of him. In April 2016, the Miz and Maryse celebrated the victory of the Miz as he won the WWE Intercontinental Championship on Raw.
The Miz’s Daughter
On March 27, 2018, Maryse gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Monroe Sky Mizanin. The couple’s first baby girl was revealed by Marsye through the Instagram post which was captioned as:
“Of course, our little girl arrived early. Welcome to the world Monroe Sky Mizanin 3/27/18 11:40 pm.”
What is the Net Worth of The Miz?
According to celebritynetworth.com, The Miz’s current net worth has been estimated to be around $9 million. His annual salary from WWE along with Merchandise sales, travel, and accommodation, PPV share has gradually increased over the years. The Miz’s yearly paycheck has been listed below:
- 2014 – $435,000
- 2015 – $600,000
- 2016 – $870,000
- 2017 – $1,200,000
In addition to WWE, The Miz has been active on playing various roles in movies and is believed to have made good earnings from the movies. The Miz salary per annum is believed to be $2.5 million (check out WWE Superstars Salaries).
How much is the Combined Net Worth of the Miz and Maryse?
So what is Maryse Ouellet’s net worth for the year 2018? It has been estimated to be around $4 million. Apart from the match earnings, Maryse is an actor who has been featured in reality TV series Total Divas and in the Miz & Mrs. show in 2018 which offers her extra earnings.
Taking into account the estimated net worth of Maryse and the net worth of the Miz being $9 million, a combined net worth of $13 million is being bagged by the couple.
House and Car
The WWE star the Miz with his wife Maryse bought a new house ahead of the arrival of their baby in January 2018. This news was let known via a Twitter post shared by Miz with an image that captured the key of their new house. They named their Castle-like house as Castle MarMiz.
The couple previously owned a house in Hollywood Hills West. He kept the house on the market for sale for $3.65 million. Five years back, he had bought the house for $1.865 million. The Miz owns stunning 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. He also several cars from popular brands like Ferrari, BMW, Chevy Volt and Mercedes.
Awards and Achievements of ‘The Miz’
Deep South Wrestling
- DSW Heavyweight Championship – 1
Ohio Valley Wrestling
- OVW Southern Tag Team Championship – 1 – with Chris Cage
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (2011)
- Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2016)
- Ranked No. 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2011
World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
- World Tag Team Championship – 2 – with John Morrison (1) and Big Show (1)
- WWE Championship – 1
- WWE Intercontinental Championship – 7
- WWE Tag Team Championship – 4 – with John Morrison (1), Big Show (1), John Cena (1) and Damien Mizdow (1)
- WWE United States Championship – 2
- Money in the Bank (Raw 2010)
- Twenty-fifth Triple Crown Champion
- Fifth Grand Slam Champion (under the current format, fourteenth overall)
- Slammy Awards – 2
Interesting Facts About The Miz
Here are some little-known facts about The Miz:
- He grabbed the No.1 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s (PWI) annual PWI 500 list for 2011
- The Miz is the first person in history to hold three Championships at the same time
- He is among the top 10 superstars when it comes to most pay-per-view appearance
- The Miz is the second longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion in WWE history (by combined days)
- He starred in their own reality show titled Miz & Mrs
- He tried to learn French when he first met Maryse
- In 2011, The Miz was voted as the PWI’s most eligible bachelor