The Miz has spent the majority of his WWE career as an ultra heel, and for good reason. The eight-time Intercontinental Champion has become arguably this generation's best bad guy, using his brash microphone skills to work up the crowd while finding clever ways to call out the babyfaces.
It's safe to say that Miz is probably the best heel in the WWE today. At least, that's what Hall of Famer Ric Flair feels. And when informed by WTMJ-TV Milwaukee (h/t WrestlingInc.com), about The Nature Boy's high praise, Miz was quite thrilled to hear it:
"Ha! Is that what he said? Coming from him that's an honor. Ric Flair - in my opinion - is the greatest of all-time. I mean he is absolutely incredible, I mean, he gave me his figure-four, how can I say a bad thing about him?
You know what I mean? He's just an incredible human being and incredible in-ring performer. And still, his legend lives on, no matter if he's in the ring or outside the ring people still do 'The Strut,' give the 'Woo!' It's amazing."
Miz has adopted a handful of the personality traits that the Limousine ridin', jet flyin', rolex wearin' Hall of Famer displayed throughout his career. The Miz dons the sunglasses and plays the richer-and-better-than-you character, almost exactly the way Flair did in the '80s and '90s.
In late 2012, Miz had a rare face turn and was "mentored" by Flair in storyline, even using The Nature Boy's iconic figure-four leglock submission maneuver. Unfortunately, we never quite got to see these two wrestling stars go toe-to-toe in the middle of the ring.
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Nonetheless, The Miz can take Flair's words kindly to heart, because he's more than proven himself to be one of the greatest heels in WWE history. Though many superstars like Triple H, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins have flipped from heel to face, Miz has remained bad guy for most of his career. And for good reason.
The Miz is set to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Rollins and Finn Balor at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans. Should he hold onto the title, he'll eventually surpass Pedro Morales for most days with the championship belt.