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Miz, Rock, SmackDown bowling over competition in Miami

So the BCS National Championship on Monday, Jan. 7 between Alabama and Notre Dame in Miami Gardens did not live up to the hype. Have no fear South Florida, just one day later, WWE brings its brand of SmackDown to Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena, and with a Homecoming for The Rock, it is sure to exceed all hype.

WWE SmackDown tapes its television show, featuring The Rock, on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from the AAA. This is the first South Florida appearance by The Rock since WrestleMania 28 Week, highlighted by his WrestleMania 28 main event win over John Cena at Sun Life Stadium — ironically the same place that housed the BCS National Championship on Monday night.

WWE SmackDown with The Rock in Miami is Miz-See TV at its finest.

The Miz, one of WWE’s top superstars made the media rounds Tuesday morning in South Florida to help promote the evening show. Bell time 7 p.m.

Starring on MTV’s “The Real World,” The Miz parlayed that opportunity into an eventual WWE contract. He’s captured several titles, including the coveted WWE championship and main evented a WrestleMania, WWE’s version of the Super Bowl.

The Miz is the essence of sports and entertainment, WWE’s mantra. His aptitude in the ring and on the mic elevated him into top WWE superstar status. The Miz enjoys entertaining the masses — thousands to tens of thousands at arenas and millions around the world — with his arrogant style and daunting catch phrases like “Really?” and “I’m The Miz and I’m Awesome” to hosting Miz TV.

The Miz is also very active in promoting worthwhile causes for WWE, including Make-A-Wish, Tribute to the Troops and the Be a STAR anti-bullying program. Miz brought the crowd to its feet last year at John F. Kennedy Middle School during WrestleMania Week in Miami when he discussed being positive as part of Be a STAR event.

Recently, Mick Foley featured The Miz in his holiday children’s book “A Most Mizerable Christmas.” Miz felt honored the hardcore legend, former WWE champ and New York Time’s Best-Selling author chose him to be the foil. The book sends a positive message to kids which Miz professes.

• YouTube Interview with WWE superstar The Miz on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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• Ice loves Coco, and Miz loves Maryse. Reality show in the future? WWE Network?

Hey, never say never in WWE.


Twitter: @mikethemiz

Former WWE Diva Maryse:

• The WWE SmackDown TV tapings are Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

The telecast fetaures a Homecoming for The Rock, a part-time South Florida resident and a University of Miami graduate who played football for the Hurricanes.

So it’s fitting, since SmackDown is The Rock’s show as the name of the program was derived from one of The Rock’s catch phrases.

Also on the card, World Champ Big Show vs. Celtic Warrior Sheamus. Plus, Apex Predator Randy Orton, WWE tag team champs (Team Hell No: Kane and Daniel Bryan), Alberto Del Rio, Sin Cara, The Miz, the WWE divas and more. Card subject to change.

Like Rock, Big Show and Del Rio are South Florida residents.

Ticket start at just $20. Additional fees may apply.

Tickets available at the AAA box office,, Ticketmaster outlets or charge-by-phone 800-745-3000


WWE SmackDown is 8 p.m. Fridays on Syfy.

• WWE RAW celebrates its 20th anniversary live beginning at 8 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 14 at Toyota Center in Houston.

Who will return for RAW 20?

RAW has been on the air longer than shows like ER, Dallas, Law & Order, Cheers and Seinfeld.

• The WWE Royal Rumble is live 8 p.m. EST on pay-per-view on Sunday, Jan. 27. The Rock will be in the main event against the WWE champ. The Royla Rumble is the kick off to the Road to WrestleMania 29, which is April 7 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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