8-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and Hollywood A-Lister, The Miz recently appeared as the guest on “Busted Open” on the SiriusXM Rush Channel and joined hosts Dave LaGreca and WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry. The A-Lister talked about WWE’s new $1 billion TV deal with FOX for the SmackDown franchise and what the deal means to him.
"I'm going to motivate myself and dedicate myself to be the face of the franchise when the FOX merger happens." @mikethemiz tells @davidlagreca1 & @TheMarkHenry that he will be the face of #SDLive on #FOX in 2019. pic.twitter.com/k05P8X9ZJc
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) June 5, 2018
LaGreca: “One other thing I wanted to ask you about and I started it off at the beginning of the interview is that $1 billion dollar deal that FOX has in place for WWE SmackDown.”
The Miz: “You’re welcome, WWE.”
LaGreca: “I’m saying, like you’re the face of SmackDown now. How does it feel for you personally for that type of deal with FOX? Primetime TV, that’s got to feel special.”
The Miz: “Let’s put it this way, I get traded from RAW to SmackDown and as soon as I get traded to SmackDown all of a sudden, you know, FOX puts up a billion dollars. So I want to motivate and dedicate myself to where when we are ready to move from USA to FOX in 2019, I want to be the face of that show, of this show. And so that is my goal. I want to be in the middle of every poster. I want to have merch that literally everybody wants to buy, that everybody wants to see. Sometimes I look at my merch, well I haven’t had merch in literally a year and when I get merch I’m literally looking at it going, ‘I wouldn’t wear this.’ So I want merch that people look at and go, ‘I want to buy that, I want to wear that. That is something that is amazing and incredible.’ Like I want to basically be the superstar I believe I can be and I want my talents to be utilized in a way that I can succeed and I really am going to motivate myself and dedicate myself to be the face of the franchise when the FOX merger happens because moving to FOX, a network show, this show will be bigger. It’ll no longer the quote unquote the B show like everyone always says it is. It will be the A show and more people will watch it. So I’ll be interested to see what happens from a creative standpoint, from a marketing standpoint, [and] from a WWE superstar standpoint.”