So, he wanted a car with the same attitude and toughness his old H2 had, but he needed it to be quicker and more agile. “My buddy bought a Jeep Wrangler. It was lifted, it had wheels, and as soon as he took me for a ride in it, I thought, ‘You know what, I need to get one. ’” He wanted his Jeep to stand out, even in an L.A. crowd, so he quickly brought the Jeep in to DUB for its transformation into a ride that befits the slick, tailored-suit wearing WWE villain fans see on SmackDown Live every Tuesday night on USA Network. From the gloss black 22” TIS Wheels wrapped in Nitto Trail Grappler tires to the matte-black Road Armor front bumper capable of clotheslining other cars out of the way in gridlock traffic, the Jeep fits him to a T. Topped off with MetalCloak suspension, Heise LED lighting and the intimidating sound from the MBRP exhaust, the stealthy black Jeep is an attention getter.
“I bought it from Orange Coast Jeep and drove straight to drop it off with Myles [ Kovacs] at DUB to let them do their thing. When I picked it up a few weeks later I was blown away! It was way beyond what I expected, and I love everything that was done to it.” Now an L.A. native, he’s growing his collection of head-turning rides, but still stays true to his Ohio roots, hand washing and detailing his Jeep and R8 himself just like how he used to help wash his dad’s classic Corvette back in the day as we witnessed right before the photoshoot.
The Miz got his first taste of the limelight while starring on MTV’s pioneering reality show, “The Real World.” On a whim during college, he tried out to be a part of its cast of twenty-something strangers who would live in a house together while being filmed 24/7. “It kind of made me believe I could do anything I wanted with my life. 60,000 people tried out (for 7 spots). And out of all of them, I got one.” It was while filming his first season that he invented the persona that would one day propel him to WWE stardom. Initially, he used the character to break the tension between the roommates. “If Mike couldn’t say something to the roommates, The Miz would,” he remembers. “They only showed me doing the character in like two episodes, but after the season ended, when I would go out, people would start calling me ‘The Miz.’”
His big break came when the WWE got into the reality show business with its
“Tough Enough” series. An “Ultimate Warrior” fan from childhood who still loved watching wrestling during his college years, The Miz tried out to be the next big WWE prospect. Although he was not chosen as his season’s winner, he still caught the company’s eye with his outsized personality, which included an element of humor many bad guy wrestlers lacked. “I’m only 6’1” and at the time could not get heavier than 195 lbs., no matter how much I ate or how hard I worked out. I knew I could never be the biggest guy out there, so I tried to be the biggest character.” Eventually, The Miz was signed by WWE and they put him in spots where he could use his skills on the mic as host of the WWE’s “Divas” reality show, where he would meet his future real-life wife and on-screen manager, Maryse Ouellet. When they first met on the “Divas” show, he recounts, she hardly spoke any English. The Canada native would do her interviews in French, prompting The Miz to think, “I don’t know what you’re saying, but this is the sexiest thing ever.”