The Miz just wants the respect he deserves.
Speaking to Glasgow Live, The Miz discussed coming from reality TV and how it's forced him to work harder in order to gain respect from his peers and fans.
“I will never get the respect I deserve because I was on a reality show. Whenever you are on a reality show, you're the scum of the earth, with no talent and you're a nothing. That's the way I feel people look at reality," said Miz. "I thank my lucky stars that I was on a show like the Real World on MTV. It gave me the ability to say that I could do anything I want in my life. I've always had that chip on my shoulder, and I always will have. Do I ever think I'll get that respect I deserve? No."
Miz continued, "I've always had people talking down to me, so it fuels my fire. If people start switching and start respecting me, then I'll find a new drive. But I don't think that's going to happen. Are my peers starting to respect me? Yes I think so. I think they see my value, I think they see I work hard. How many other people are doing media for the UK? Probably not many, but I have. I'm always working, I'm always going non stop because I feel hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard enough.”
Despite coming from MTV and reality TV, Miz has worked his way into becoming one of the top superstars in WWE. His eight Intercontinental Title reigns is second only to Chris Jericho. He's held the WWE Title and headlined WrestleMania. He's also the current star of The Marine franchise. He hasn't forgotten about his reality roots either as he serves as the host of MTV's The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars.