The A-Lister spoke with The Mirror recently to promote his USA TV show Miz & Mrs, and talks about his infamous run as a reality television star on the Real World. Speaking on that second note, The Miz claims that he is still not getting the respect he deserves after all of his WWE accomplishments because of his past on MTV.
I will never get the respect I deserve, because I was on a reality show. Whenever you’re on a reality show, you’re the scum of the earth. You have no talent, you’re a nothing and you deserve nothing. That’s the way I’ve been brought up and how I feel people look at reality television. Do I look at it that way? Absolutely not; I thank my lucky stars I was on a show like The Real World on MTV and I thank them for putting me on that show because it gave me the ability to say ‘I can do anything I want with my life.
The former eight time Intercontinental champion does believes that his value as a professional wrestling is increasing, and that his hard work will always silence all his critics.
If people start switching and start respecting me, I’ll find a new drive and a new fire, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Are my peers starting to respect me? I think they’re starting to see my value and that they see I work hard. How many other people are doing this media interview for the UK? Probably not many. And I’ve problem spoken to you all. It’s just the thing that I am always doing media, always working and always going non stop, because I believe that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard enough.