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April 4, 2011

Observations from WrestleMania XXVII pre-show press conference

I said in an earlier post today that The Miz had “it,” and that was never more apparent than it was in the WrestleMania press conference that I attended Sunday at the Georgia Dome prior to the pay-per-view event.

Some huge stars such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and John Cena were present, but it was Miz who stole the show. He was in character – which means, of course, that he was cocky and obnoxious – but he did his shtick in such a manner that made you love to hate him rather than wanting him to just go away.

He was charismatic and confident and clearly loved being in the spotlight. In fact, when he first came out in front of the media, one of the first things he said was, I enjoy all these cameras flicking while I’m talking. It’s fantastic.”

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In addition to Miz, Austin and Cena, others who participated in the press conference were Trish Stratus, John Morrison, Booker T., Dolph Ziggler and “surprise” guest Pee Wee Herman.
It was a little disappointing that The Rock wasn’t there. After all, WrestleMania XXVII was pretty much built around him being the guest host and getting involved in the main event match between Cena and The Miz.

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Carey came off as a very likable guy. The comedian/game show host said that he totally understood the fans’ negative reaction to him at Saturday night’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and that he expected it and wasn’t offended by it. Carey said that he knows he doesn’t really belong in the Hall of Fame and that he views the celebrity wing of it as “just a collection of celebrities that WWE thinks are cool.”

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Austin was asked if he ever thought about returning to the ring. He said that he has no plans to wrestle again, but added that he could still get in the ring and perform if he wanted to and that you “never say never.” Austin also put over Michael Cole’s work as a heel.

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When asked which of the current Divas she would like to work with, Stratus said that she “would love to get in the ring with Nattie [Natalya] either as an opponent or as a tag team.” In response to whether she had any desire to become Divas champion, Stratus said that “if it was dangled in front of my face, I’d go for it.”

Posted by Kevin Eck at 6:57 PM | | Comments (10)
        

Comments

Like you, in the beginning I had the Miz with "go away" heat but the last 6-8 months I have changed my mind. This guy is one fine character. In essence, he "knows his role" and doesn't shut his mouth.

Miz handled himself rather well over the last couple of week. I hope that he's lost some more critics during that time.

The Miz is excellent on the mic and full of energy and enthusiasm. However, in terms of his wrestling ability, I don't think he is all that exciting. He could definiteyl do with adding some moves to his set.

Would the WWE book a legends vs new school Wrestlemania 28. So far we have the Rock vs Cena. Perhaps Austin vs. Miz or Punk and Trish vs one of the Divas?

If Trish really wants something "dangled in front of her face", I will be happy to oblige....

WWE has something special with The Miz. He continues to get better and better in every way. Even having Alex Riley running around at WrestleMania and on Raw was a nice touch.

Watching Miz is like seeing a guy hit a home run every time up at the plate. Years from now, he'll be looked at as one of the best of all time.

I for one never expected the Miz to become the star he is now but i did like his character from early on when use to wear the shorts and gloves... Its surprising which guys actually become legitimate stars over some of the guys who looked more likely to.

Where was Bob Barker through all of this hoopla? I wonder if he backed out of the events and that's when WWE decided to induct Drew Cary into the WWE Hall of Fame instead.

I had a problem with the Miz being beat down at the end. I know it's the Rock....but c'mon....Miz is the WWE champion....do you want your champion looking so weak?

Yes K, that's exactly what WWE wants right now.

Booking 101 says that the money is in making the fans feel as though a heel champion could lose on any night to almost any opponent.

That's also why The Miz barely beat King Jerry Lawler in their ladder match at King of the Ring.

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