Check off another from the bucket list of WWE superstar The Miz as he co-stars in the animated cartoon movie “Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery!”
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“When you’re a kid growing up, you watch cartoons; you watch WWE; you watch movies, and you never think in your wildest dreams that you could do one of them, let alone all of them,” The Miz said. “It’s literally been one big whirlwind of dreams coming true for me.”
The Miz, 33, broke through via reality television on MTV’s “The Real World.” He parlayed that success into a WWE contract. He headlined a WrestleMania as the WWE champion against John Cena. He hosted his own weekly TV segment on WWE TV. He starred in an action movie “The Marine 3: Homefront.” He co-starred in an ABC Family TV holiday comedy movie “Christmas Bounty.” He is featured in award winning author Mick Foley's children's Christmas book The Most Mizerable Christmas. He recently married former WWE diva, the lovely Maryse.
In the ring, he also won the WWE U.S. title (twice), WWE Intercontinental title (twice), WWE tag team title (thrice), World tag team belt (twice), Deep South title, Ohio Valley Wrestling title and Raw Money in the Bank (2010). A two-time Slammy Award winner, Pro Wrestling Illustrated named him the Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (2011).
Even bigger, PWI ranked him No.1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the annual PWI 500 in 2011.
“It all started for me being on ‘The Real World’ and then going to WWE and not being accepted,” The Miz said, “but working hard and finally gaining the respect of everyone and then going into movies and now being in a cartoon. It’s just one after another.
“With the way I am, I wasn’t born with this tremendous amount of talent. I had to work for it, and it was all about separation and driving myself to be the best, and now I got to be in ‘Scooby-Doo.’ It’s awesome.”
The release of “Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery!,” which streets March 25, is the first collaboration between Warner Bros. and WWE. It is an animated film starring Scooby-Doo and WWE superstars John Cena, Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, AJ Lee, Santino Marella, Kane, WWE Chairman/CEO Vince McMahon and The Miz.
“Obviously, you can make me look bigger, more jacked, more ripped,” The Miz said. “In the story of ‘Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery!,’ I, of course, am the only one who gets beat up really bad. So it will be very, very fun to watch my character because it’s funny.”
The Miz is in the opening scene of the movie.
“Of course, who else would you open with other than The Miz,” he said. “You want people to watch. You want to catch people’s attention. Guess what? You’re going to put The Miz in.”
The Miz looks good animated.
“I haven’t seen the movie, yet, the animation,” he said during the phone interview on Thursday, March 20. “but reading the words, you kind of envision what they’re going to do, and it seems like it’s going to be really, really cool and really fun.”
WWE talent portrayed their WWE characters in the movie.
“It’s pretty incredible to do my own voice for it, and it’s pretty easy, too,” he said. “It was like the easiest job in the world. Literally, you go in, wear whatever you want, get in front of the microphone and just start talking.”
Even though you can wear ultra casual, in one of the special features for the movie you see The Miz dressed for success, wearing black slacks and a white shirt while talking his part.
“I don’t remember exactly what I wore,” he said, “but I probably ended up looking like a star. People come in PJs, just rolled out of bed. Me, I’m in a suit, looking good, looking sharp.”
One major difference from doing voice work for an animated movie and cutting a promo on WWE Monday Night Raw is the live broadcast before tens of thousands of people. Do-overs are permitted on set for a movie as they worked with the flick’s voice-over personnel in a room.
“We would sit there, and they would say, ‘You’re getting punched. Act like you’re getting punched,’ and you’d have to make a sound for that. You’re making these weird sounds, and you feel so stupid. You’re not getting punched, but you have to imagine how you feel and what sound to make from getting punched. That was one of the challenges.”
A challenge, indeed, but The Miz delivered a knockout.
The Miz noted: “They don’t call me the Dinero of WWE for nothing.”
He continued: “You do what they want you to do, what they need you to do, and sometimes they’ll say, ‘Try something else. Try this. Give us something like this.’ You go in your own mind, ‘OK, how do I do it?’ and you do it.”
The Miz did his voice work for the movie together with Brodus Clay, AJ Lee and Santino Marella.
“Santino is a comedic genius,” The Miz said. “Some of the things that he does in the Santino character are just incredible and a lot of fun. He’s just an enjoyment to be around, because he always makes everyone laugh. You have a smile on your face, when Santino’s around.”
Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart, Jerry The King Lawler and Sgt. Slaughter make cameos in “Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery!”
The setting for the movie is in WWE City, home to WrestleMania.
“If you look at WWE, we always go and take over the entire city for WrestleMania,” The Miz said. “When we go to New Orleans in a couple of weeks for WrestleMania 30, we have Axxess, autograph signings, putting on shows, doing charity events all over the place.
“That’s exactly what WrestleMania does when it comes to town. We take over the entire city, and the city is pretty happy with that, because of all the people [tens of thousands] who come into their town to share in the excitement of WrestleMania [Week].”
One eatery in the animated WWE City is McMahon’s Waffle House.
“I’d be there everyday,” The Miz said. “I’d get the ‘You’re Fired Waffles.’ There has to be that there. Right? What would you order at McMahon’s Waffle House? There’s got to be ‘You’re Fired Waffles’ or ‘You’re Fired Pancakes.’”
The newly married Miz won’t have to look far for a critique of his role in “Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery!”
“[Former WWE diva] Maryse is always supportive of me, 100 percent, and I can’t wait till she actually sees it,” Miz said. “I like watching it with her just to hear her reaction and see her reaction to know if she really likes it. She’s always very honest, which sometimes that’s bad and sometimes that’s good, but I’d rather her be honest than just lie to me to make me feel good.
“I hope she really enjoys ‘Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery!’ and I think she will.”
• Here is a link to the trailer
• Here is a link to an exclusive clip
Everyone’s favorite mystery-solving gang joins forces with WWE for the first-time ever in the all-new animated film, “ Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery,” co-produced by WWE Studios and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The highly anticipated movie reveals the tale of how Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the gang protect the coveted WWE championship belt during a trip to WWE City. Full of high-octane action, “ Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery” will be available on Blu-ray Combo ($29.98 SRP), DVD ($19.98 SRP) and Digital HD ($19.99 SRP) on March 25.
The all-new original movie is full of mystery and features some of the biggest names from the WWE. You will want to pin down this fun family adventure.
When Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, they convince the entire Mystery Inc. gang to travel to WWE City in the Mystery Machine to enjoy the show. But the trip quickly turns into another mystery as WWE City is full of secrets. A mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show and steal the championship title belt. With the help of WWE superstars John Cena, Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, AJ Lee, The Miz, Santino Marella and Kane, Scooby-Doo and The Mystery Inc. gang team up to solve the case before it is too late.
WWE superstars John Cena, Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, AJLee, The Miz, Santino and Kane will appear in animated form, lending their voices to this action-packed animated film. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon will also provide his voice and appear in animated form.
“With nearly one billion Scooby-Doo! DVDs sold to date, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to add ‘ Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery’ to our collection,” said Jeff Brown, WBHE Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV. “Kids and adults are going to love seeing their favorite WWE superstars in animated form join forces with Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang to solve this new mystery.”
From this movie, we learn The Miz is the Robert Dinero of WWE.
McMahon’s Waffle House is bigger than McDonald’s.
Daphne -- not the crazed wrestler who dated CM Punk, but one of the meddling kids in Scooby’s gang -- is a big John Cena fan.
And John Cena speaks masked luchador.
“I did not know this,” The Miz said. “Cena has many hidden talents and many hidden gems that he brings out from time to time.”
WWE commentator Michael Cole is animated, cartoon form, in “Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery!”
How did that happen?
“No one knows,” The Miz chuckled. “Somehow he made it.
“He somehow made his way into WrestleMania [in a match against Jerry The King Lawler at WrestleMania 27 in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta], and now he made his way into Scooby-Doo.”
Should be noted, Cole was on the undercard of WrestleMania 27. The Miz headlined that spectacular as the WWE champion against John Cena.
“This WWE Network, I can’t stop watching it,” The Miz said. “Literally, on my cell phone, on my IPad, on my computer, at home, anywhere, I’m always on it. They have this new thing called ‘Slam City,’ like animated shorts, and they’re hilarious, and they’re cool, and they’re fun, and they’re interesting, and they’re on the WWE Network.
“The cool thing about WWE Network. They’re starting something new, something fresh, and you watch all the past pay-per-views and all the future ones, starting with WrestleMania 30. Not only that, but they have stuff you can;t find anywhere else. You can’t find ‘Legends House’ anywhere else. You can’t find the pre-show and post-show for Raw with legends.
“I think WWE Network is tremendous. It’s cheap. It’s $9.99 a month, and it’s a great thing to get a subscription to.”
The Miz will be starring in the action movie “Marine 4: Moving Target,” which begins filming in April.
“I’m really excited about this,” he said. “I’ve been working on the script, working on how to evolve Jake Carter [his movie character] from ‘Marine 3’ to ‘Marine 4.’ So I’ve been really dedicating myself to that.
“I’m a busy man.”