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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.”