Former WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz spoke with Vulture.com about his debut within the WWE and what his goals were coming into the company.
In particular while speaking about his debut, he discussed how the original plans were to feature him as the host of SmackDown. Some highlights from the interview are below.
Trying not to be the Ryan Seacrest of the WWE during his debut:
“When I first came to WWE, I was told I was going to be the host of Friday Night SmackDown, and if you wanna be a WWE superstar, the worst thing you can be told is they want you to be the Ryan Seacrest of the WWE. I said, ‘Ya know what, they’re gonna give me a microphone. If they give me a microphone, I can make an audience boo me or cheer me.’ That’s how I proved myself [as a WWE star].”
On making goals, sticking to them and not worrying what others say:
“If you succeed at a goal, make another one, and make it even bigger. My goal now is to win an Oscar. When I say that, people laugh at me. When I said I wanted to be a WWE superstar, they laughed at me. When I said I wanted to main-event WrestleMania, they laughed at me. So far I’ve been able to prove them wrong, and that fuels my fire. Now I need to find the tools to get me where I need to get next. I make goals that everyone else thinks are unattainable, but I know I can do it.”