At the end of Smackdown! Live on Tuesday night, The Miz simultaneously promoted his new USA Network reality show and taunted current rival Daniel Bryan in a velvet-carpeted wrestling ring. The ruse involved a fake plastic baby, a infant stand-in actor backstage, and Miz rocking a Baby Bjorn and actually looking quite stylish.
Miz began his career in reality television, starting out on The Real World before graduating to MTV‚Äôs The Challenge. He now hosts Challenge spinoff Champs vs. Stars when he‚Äôs not wrestling. Now, after fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional wrestler he‚Äôs returning to his roots full time with a behind-the-scenes look at his life with wife, fellow pro wrestler Maryse.
I‚Äôve been a long-time fan of The Miz, and as SB Nation‚Äôs officially unofficial Mike Mizanin correspondent, I will be recapping all the best and worst moments of their new show each week. The premiere episode gave us Miz accidentally naked, a pregnancy contractions fake out, and shenanigans from Maryse‚Äôs mom. In other words, it was great.
With Maryse only a few weeks away from giving birth at the start of the series, it‚Äôs time for them to do things pregnant couples do: a pregnancy photo shoot, for one. Miz flies back to California the day of the shoot, and because he‚Äôs running behind he takes a call from Maryse on the way to the set where she prepares him for an ‚Äúimplied naked photoshoot.‚ÄĚ
The face Miz makes when he gets off the call (and asks the driver ‚ÄúIs that weird to you?‚ÄĚ) hints at where this gag is going, but when Miz arrives on set and undresses completely in the dressing room it‚Äôs still a funny outcome. Especially when he preps for the shoot by ‚Äújust fluffing ‚Äėem up‚ÄĚ on camera because it‚Äôs cold in the studio.
This sums up the reason why Miz needed a reality show in the first place: we know he‚Äôs never shy when cameras are rolling, but he‚Äôs not amping his performance up too much now that he and Maryse have the spotlight to themselves. A perfect balance.
It‚Äôs Reality Show Law that if a guy goes somewhere naked on camera and gets censored, he will make a joke during the talking head segments about how ‚Äúit‚Äôs totally bigger than that, really.‚ÄĚ Miz asked the black-bar guy to help him out a little and cited the national average of penis size, and none of it was necessary. Be better than that, Miz!
The black bar that covers Miz‚Äôs goods is branded with Miz‚Äôs show from Smackdown! Have to love a commitment to the brand no matter what.
If you‚Äôre watching a reality show about a marriage, even one that is made up of two people who know how to fake storylines for the camera when needed, you hope it comes across as genuine ‚ÄĒ that they really love each other.
Thankfully, watching Miz break into a huge grin every time he made Maryse happy put any worries to rest. She wants a last minute pregnancy photo shoot? She gets it. He accidentally comes to the photo shoot naked? He‚Äôs okay only because she got a good laugh out of it. Maryse humors his weirdness in return, and it makes watching their relationship worth it.
Maryse‚Äôs mother Marjo seems like she will be increasingly used as comic relief as the series goes on, and gosh I hope that‚Äôs the case. In the premiere she put butt pads in her pants and shook them in Miz‚Äôs face. I am all-in for more Marjo.
Only a half an hour? Seriously? GIVE US MORE MIZ AND MARYSE. CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST CAN GTFO.
Thankfully, there‚Äôs not an over-reliance on accent humor with Maryse (a native French speaker), which is lazy humor always. One moment that they did highlight though, and which they definitely should have, was her pronouncing Winnebago as ‚ÄúWinny-bago‚ÄĚ when discussing RV options with Miz.
When Maryse was by herself doing a live video segment with Renee Young, things dragged. It was mostly saved by the (expected but still funny) contractions fake out where Miz ran through an arena‚Äôs backstage area fully prepared to see his wife in labor only to find her content and eating a cookie.
But they‚Äôre going to have to figure out how to make the ‚ÄúMrs.‚ÄĚ half of Miz and Mrs. just as fun as the ‚ÄúMiz‚ÄĚ part.