The Miz was recently interviewed by Barstool Sports. During the interview, he spoke extensively on Vince McMahon. He referred to Vince as a genius and said that he is a master at manipulating the audience. The Miz then recalled a time where he successfully convinced the WWE Universe that The Miz was The Rock despite the tremendous size difference between the two. Here’s the story as told by The Miz:
By the way this was when I was WWE Champion. I needed to make my mark because people were saying I was getting overshadowed by The Rock and John Cena. You know I was an up-and-comer.
I thought to myself, if Vince believes it, then I do as well. I dressed as The Rock by wearing one of his shirts, his signature shades, putting a bald cap on my head and mimicking his mannerisms.
Once The Rock’s music hit and the crowd went wild, I was supposed to appear. But Vince had a plan for how he wanted me to appear from behind the curtain.
He goes ‘WAIT! WAIT!…Now.’ He waited for the audience to come back down. I enter the arena and all of a sudden I hear another eruption. They believe it’s The Rock! But it’s me.
I do my Rock stance, I walk out as only The Rock can and they’re still going. I’m like, ‘When are they gonna know that it’s not The Rock?’ I take off my sunglasses like The Rock does and they’re still going! They erupt again even though I have blue eyes!
Then I started walking down and they finally started to getting that it was me and they were like, ‘Aww. Booo!’ and I’m the bad guy and it worked to a tee.
After I returned to backstage I asked Vince how he knew the crowd would fall for it. Vince said “I told you! They wanted to believe so much that it was The Rock that they didn’t care. They didn’t even look. They saw and heard the music. They’re not even looking at you. They are just mesmerized by the moment!”
I went, ‘This guy’s a genius. Absolute genius.’
You can listen to the full interview below:
The Miz was on today’s Pardon My Take and explained what makes Vince McMahon, Vince McMahon
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 5, 2019
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