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Corey Graves – “The Miz Is The Most Unsung Yet Valuable Player In WWE”

The Miz & Mayrse

Corey Graves has heaped praise on The Miz, saying that he should be spoken of in the same terms as John Cena, Randy Orton and Edge.

On November 30th The Miz returned to WWE for the first time since August interrupting Edge as he was making his own return to the red brand. Edge was running down a list of potential opponents now he’s back on Raw, when The Miz and his wife Maryse made their way to the ring.

The two former World Champions traded barbs, making refences to the already infamous confrontation between MJF and CM Punk on AEW Dynamite days earlier.

Speaking on WWE After The Bell, announcer Corey Graves reflected on the segment, heaping praise on The Miz in the process. Graves explained that he felt the former WWE Champion was undervalued and deserved to be viewed in the same light as the likes of John Cena and Randy Orton.

“Miz is, in my opinion, for my money, maybe the most unsung yet valuable player in WWE,” Graves said. “Because for years, until recently, Miz has never been injured. Miz can get a reaction, Miz can put on a good match with anybody. Miz is just the all-purpose utility guy that for some reason is never viewed in that same light with a Randy Orton, with an Edge, with a John Cena.

“In my opinion, if you look at Miz’s body of work in WWE and beyond, absolutely Miz belongs in those conversations. I understand his character isn’t such that he’s grading and he’s not a tough guy, badass type but that’s what makes Miz so special. Miz can get under your skin and speak like very few in this business can and has done so for a long, long, long time. For me, Miz doesn’t get enough credit.”

Graves’ co-host on the show Vic Joseph agreed that Miz is underrated, but will likely get the praise that he deserves when he finally hangs up his boots.

“He will get that love and admiration that you’re talking about,” Joseph said. “I really believe that he will be seen like that when he’s gone. That’s when he’s going to be appreciated, when you don’t have him and you’re sitting there going, ‘Damn, you remember how good The Miz was?’ It’s going to be six, seven, eight, nine years later when he comes back for a special event and you’re seeing a highlight package.

“This is a guy who was WWE Champion this year. Six months ago? Intercontinental Championships, Tag Team Championships. Everything you’ve handed him, there’s an old saying of turning chicken salad into chicken sh*t, he does it. That’s what’s made him special and that’s what made him show up after Dancing with the Stars and go right into a main event rivalry with an all-time great and not miss a beat. He’s going to be loved when he’s gone.”

The Miz began his career with WWE in 2004, winning Tough Enough and earning a contract with the company. To date the reality TV star turned wrestler has won two World and eight Intercontinental Championships alongside numerous other titles.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.