Strength- 0. I'm going with how he performs and less on what he has to show off in the muscle department. I'm sure Miz is a fit guy, but he wrestles like a cowardly heel. I can't think of many instances where one of Miz's opponents were lifted over Miz's head or shoulders for that matter. I...
Best answer: Strength- 0. I'm going with how he performs and less on what he has to show off in the muscle department. I'm sure Miz is a fit guy, but he wrestles like a cowardly heel. I can't think of many instances where one of Miz's opponents were lifted over Miz's head or shoulders for that matter. I even struggle to think of him throwing a proper vertical suplex. He wrestles like a prima donna bottom feeder, which is what his character is. You wont see him in many instances where he overpowers his opponent unless shenanigans or interference is involved. Also, it's not like the guy's cut out of granite. It's quite the hypocritical heel move for a guy that looks like Miz to bash the 'vanilla midget indy darlings' that he more closely resembles. I mark his strength at zero for these aspects alone. He doesn't work strong because he's not supposed to be.
Speed- 6. He's not a speedy guy, but he knows to go fast when he has to. The only instances of him running I can recall were to hit his Matt Sydal styled corner clotheslines, so yeah, Miz isn't much of a speedster. And, again, I lend that to the psychology of his heel persona more than I do a lack of ability. He moves a bit more spryly than his heavyweight counterparts, but he's not going to pull off a Masato Yoshino sprint in the ring because it's just too flashy for his character.
Agility- 5. Again, it lends more to his character than his ability. And, again, judging by how he finds that gap between the top and middle rope when he hits that corner clothesline, I bet the Miz has more spring to him than he puts on display.
Technical- 0. Worst figure four in the industry, and it's hard to screw up a figure four. I've never been trained to wrestle. I can lock in a figure four flawlessly. It's inexcusable.
Brawling- 6. This is predominantly what Miz does. He hits big boots, forearms, the mocking 'It ' Kicks, open hand punches,chops. Again, he doesn't make anything remarkable out of his offense, but it's effective enough. I can't think of many Undertakerean fist whiffs while Miz has thrown bones.
Heel- 11. He's had borderline X-Pac Heat, but he knows how to work that thin line better than probably anyone in wrestling right now. I know it sounds strange to say, and maybe even insulting to a certain class of fans, but Miz is a modern day Honky Tonk Man. He knows how to work, but he knows how to put on an effective match, give the babyface some shine, and not do anything too out there or eye catching, and he doesn't bore you with it because he knows how much of what to put into a match. He also knows how to shut down a crowd and remind them 'hey, you hate me', although he's getting a bit too cozy with the positive reactions he's gotten lately.
Promos- 8. He's one of the better talkers they have. He flubs it at times, but he's still up there.
Match Quality- 8. He's had a few bouts not go his way from a booking perspective, but he's usually solid in-ring. His stuff with Dolph a few months back reinvigorated and prolonged both men's careers. I'd call them 4 star encounters and great TV main eventers or big show openers, but I wonder how Miz would do in the main event in this current climate. I bet he'd do well enough, or at least better when he was the 3rd man during the setup of Cena vs Rock so many years ago.
Psychology- 8. I think Miz is probably a decent ring general at this juncture. Again, his style's very KISS, but I'm sure he knows how to put together a good match.
Stamina- This one's a bit tougher because I can't think of him being in many strenuous matches that went the long haul. He's had strenuous midcard battles, but they were more likely under 20 minutes , and the few times he's headlined were early on in his career and had stipulations where he could hide his limitations. I'll put a debatable 6 for now with the implication that he probably could go a fair amount longer these days given his aptitude.
Entrance- 6 or 7. I'd like something a bit more grandiose for him with pyro or interesting lighting and maybe even new music, or one of those audio tags at the front like Seth Rollins or Tyler Breeze. Plain and simple, he gives it what he's got with his entrance but WWE's propensity for making a flashy entrance, much less a great entrance theme that doesn't sound like stock music, has really dropped over the past couple of years. They're trying to phase out pyro without phasing out the idea or at least 'sound' of pyro with AJ getting the invisible explosions once reserved for the likes of Ryback, and even with PPV sets they come off as a bit too reliant on the LED wallpapers they put on the ramp way over something structurally impressive (if not kooky or hokey at times, which I also liked). Not to go out on a rant that sidetracks the discussion, but yeah, Miz is doing the best he can with what he's got to work with, which describes a vast majority of his career.
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