The Miz On How Having a Baby Might Change His Career, Fan Perception and His WWE Role Shifting, More

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WWE IC Champion The Miz recently spoke with Scott Fishman of TVInsider.com, to promote the premiere of new show “The Challenge: Champs vs Stars”, which is hosted by Miz. Below are some interview highlights:

One of the things you mentioned was you want to have it all within the entertainment industry. You and wife Maryse have your first child on the way, how do you feel that is going to change your life and how you approach your career?

“It is absolutely incredible. Everyone always tells you that your life changes once you get a kid. My daughter isn’t born yet. Even still, I can sense my whole being changing the way I look at things. Things I want to teach her and guide her. When I found out it was a girl, I just felt this whole amount of nerve. If it was a boy, I would have been like, ‘Well, I can let him do whatever he wants.’ But with a girl, I want to nurture her. I want to protect her. I want to guide her and make sure she is okay. It’s almost like I am this protector. It really does change you. In my life, I don’t have days off. I literally just got done with the European tour. As soon as I got done, we went to Atlanta to do a show. I’m flying to Los Angeles and tomorrow shooting something for Nickelodeon. After that, I’m do promotion for MTV Champs vs. Stars. Then I go to Houston for Survivor Series. It’s a nonstop job. I need to find a way to balance because I don’t want to be a dad who isn’t there. I want to be there for my daughter. I want to be there to help her with anything she may need. I don’t want it to be that she has a problem and can’t find me or talk to me in person.

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That human contact is what you need. Then there is my wife, who is an absolute champ. She is the best that I can possibly ask for. She understands and gets it. She has been in WWE with me, so she knows the lifestyle. She knows what we have to do. We’re workaholics. That’s the problem. I love working. I really enjoy the things that I do. And when you enjoy your work, you don’t want to stop. But you also have to find time for your family.”

Now seems to be a great time for you personally and professionally. Within WWE there seems to be this shift in that even though you’ve played this villain on TV for so long, people are starting to cheer you more. And even though you aren’t WWE champion or headlining WrestleMania right now, many fans perceive you as this MVP player and one to watch on the show. What has it been to get this sort of reaction after all this time?

“Let’s put it this way, it’s about time. Honestly, I still don’t feel I get the respect and the applause I deserve. I’m always striving to do my best and be my best. Right now, I’m more confidence than I have ever been. From a character standpoint, from everything standpoint. I legit wanted Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel by my side because I know the talent they possess. Just having them around, I try to elevate everything. Now I’m at a level where you have to step up to the plate if you want to hang against me. If you don’t, then I will swallow you whole.”