The Miz made his unlikely return to WWE Raw this past week after being swarmed by zombies during his last appearance at WrestleMania Backlash in a polarizing match. The Zombie Lumberjack Match between The Miz and Damian Priest was done in conjunction with WWE’s partnership with Zack Snyder film Army of the Dead, a partnership where the promotion reportedly earned a seven-figure payday.
A genre unto himself, The Miz is no stranger to partnerships amid his success as a top star in WWE alongside his wife Maryse, a former Divas champion who stars alongside Miz on the hit show Miz and Mrs.
The Mizanins, who are parents to Monroe Sky (3) and Madison Jade (1), recently partnered with Pampers as part of the venerable diaper brand’s #ReadyRipRoll campaign, which highlights the difficult challenge of diaper changing and shows parents how they can be conquer this challenge with the help of Pampers Cruisers 360 FIT.
Though The Miz was in the more talked-about matches of the year so far, Madison and Monroe aren’t quite old enough to enjoy (or recoil in fear at) Miz’s ominous zombie ambush last month.
“Our kids are three and one-and-a-half so they don’t really understand WWE yet,” said Miz in an exclusive interview.
“What we let them watch is usually our entrances, because they like the music, they like the lights, they like seeing the pyro, that’s the fun stuff. We don’t really let them watch the fighting and that kind of stuff yet.”
“They’re just not into it,” added Maryse.
“I don’t think they’re into it as much because they just don’t understand but they like what’s loud and colorful and that’s why the entrances are fun.”
The Zombie Lumberjack Match will be remembered for many reasons, one of which was Miz’s injury which ended an unprecedented all-time run in sports entertainment of a WWE Superstar staying healthy. Miz had never suffered a serious injury dating back to his debut in 2006, a Brett Favre-like run that was compromised by a reported ACL injury that could cost him seven to nine months.
But that’s not how The Miz sees it.
“Just look at all the news out there. They must be right (about my injury), right? They’re reporting on it, telling you exactly what’s going on. They must know!” said Miz.
“They must be geniuses! I was looking on Twitter, and then I was looking on the news sites that were talking about my injury, and I’m like ‘first off, how do they know?’ Because I’ve never said anything and they’re saying things wrong, like all wrong. And it’s annoying, I guess you can say, because I heard I was out nine months. I don’t expect to be out nine months. As a matter of fact, I was on Monday Night Raw last week and I plan on being on Monday Night Raw next week. Now, when will I have a real match? I don’t know. That’s for the doctors to decide and figure out. But I feel like a million bucks, and the way my headspace is, I don’t like to be gone for long.”
Despite The Miz’s match garnering a polarizing response, Miz stands by the unique match type as the former two-time WWE champion likes to lean into outside-the-box thinking.
“I had a blast with it,” said Miz.
“I always enjoy whenever there’s something different and something out of the box, and whenever there’s something like that, I wanna be a part of it because you never know what’s going to happen. You never know if it’s gonna be a success or if it’s gonna be a failure. People were different, people were 50/50 ‘oh we can’t stand this match,’ or ‘oh my God this is a great match, it’s kind of funny, it’s kind of interesting,’ so I just look at it like ‘I’m gonna do the best I possibly can and give the match that hopefully everyone wants and deserves.”
Alfred Konuwa, Contributor June 5, 2021 at 10:27AM