Hold onto your spandex: the WWE has announced the return of its RAW World Tour, bringing WWE Superstars (and registered trademarks) John Cena®, Ryback™, The Miz™, Kofi Kingston™, Zack Ryder™, Dean Ambrose, Curtis Axel, Antonio Cesaro, Natalya, Aksana, The Great Khali, Sin Cara and 3MB* to Australia.
With a physique that makes granite look like custard and an attitude that leaves even the most gung-ho life coach seem like a stoner, professional wrestler The Miz doesn’t mince words – but even he isn’t keen to predict what will happen when the WWE Raw World tour impacts around the country in July.
“Expect the unexpected,” the reality TV star turned sports entertainment hero says over the phone from Berlin, where he’s fronting an anti-bullying campaign, a cause close to his heart after openly admitting to being picked on while growing up before becoming one of his sport’s most admired performers.
“For fans that have never seen a WWE live show, it is a cross between a rock concert and a sporting event – there’s drama, there’s comedy, there are larger-than-life characters,” he explains. “It’s just a fun storyline that people can get involved with. It’s interactive. People can boo who they hate, cheer who they love. It’s a great time for the whole family.”
Indeed, with heavyweight headline names like John Cena and Team Hell No heading here to leg-lock and pile-drive opponents into submission, the stage is set for an epic spectacle – but even though the show is big on pumped-up manhood and theatrical showmanship on stage, things are more level-headed behind the scenes.
“I’m an absolute wreck,” The Miz – or Michael Mazanin to his mum – says about the backstage build-up before a bout. “I’ve got butterflies in the stomach, I have no idea what I’m doing – I try to go through everything I can possibly go through in a match. But then those nerves turn into adrenalin and it allows me to be The Miz.”