It was during an episode of The Real World that Mizanin first displayed an alter ego known as "The Miz".
In contrast to Mizanin's usually placid demeanor, The Miz was angry, combative, and headstrong.
Mizanin largely dropped out of world title contention after 2011, and the period of 2012 to 2016 has been marked by him winning the Intercontinental Championship six times, which made him the 25th Triple Crown Champion in company history and the 5th Grand Slam Champion.
The Miz, a native of Parma, Ohio, attended Normandy High School, where he was the captain of the basketball and cross country teams.
In October 2004, Mizanin entered the fourth season of Tough Enough, a televised competition which would award the winner a World Wrestling Entertainment contract and US$1,000,000.