WWE News WWE NEWS: What does Miz think of his recent face turn?
Dec 22, 2012 - 10:25:20 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
WWE star The Miz addressed his recent face turn in an interview with the Carroll County Times publication promoting next Saturday's Raw TV taping in Washington, D.C.
"It’s kind of weird because I’ve done nothing different. I’m still the same exact cocky, arrogant, egotistical person I was before, it’s just now maybe the fans are starting to understand me and cheer me because, to me, I’ve never been a bad guy. I’ve always been a good guy," Miz said.
"I’ve done what I’ve had to do to win like everybody else in the world, you know, when you want a job or a promotion, you go after it. And that’s what I’m doing, I’m going after what I want. So that’s what I’ve been doing and now I think the fans are actually getting behind it, saying, you know what, I like this guy. I know somebody like him. I’m a guy people can get behind if they understand me and I think they’re starting to understand me."
Also revealed in the interview is that Miz will film the ABC Family movie, "A Christmas Bounty," in Spring 2013. The movie is scheduled to premiere during the 2013 Christmas TV season.
Miz, who recently filmed "Marine: Homefront," will likely require time off to film the ABC movie, but Miz says the busy WWE schedule is not a factor to him. "I’ve asked to be a WWE Superstar, so to just sit here and complain about, ‘Oh, I never get a day off, I’m so tired.’ No. I want it. Give it to me. I want to be the biggest star WWE has ever created. So in order to do that I need to do everything," Miz said.
Caldwell's Analysis: There are a few issues in-play with Miz's face turn. One is that there was not that Moment when he officially turned and aligned his values with the audience's. Right now, he's just in a face role because he pivoted toward calling out established heels, rather than established face. He's still cocky, arrogant, and egotistical, which is by design to call out heels on their villainous ways. But, his material is still written for him to be grating and not endearing to the audience. WWE has to find a balance between Miz still being Miz and finding a way to endear him to the audience if he's going to turn into "the biggest star WWE has ever created" in this role.
[ LINK: Miz's full interview here at CarrollCountyTimes.com ]
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