MJF has been drawing contrasts to WWE's The Miz for quite a long time, however they were kicked into overdrive late in 2021 during his first dueling promo with CM Punk on AEW Dynamite. Punk stated at the time, "He believes he's someone, he thinks what he does is revolutionary to the wrestling business. When in reality, he's just a less-famous Miz." That line even ended up getting referenced days late on an episode of Raw by Edge. Miz was a guest on Cheap Heat today and was inquired about those comparisons, arguing that Friedman is trying to do his own thing..
" I do not believe he wishes to be The Miz, to be sincere," Miz stated. "I do not think any superstar, no matter what company you're in, wishes to be the next 'this person.' You wish to be an original. There are comparisons. I've constantly been compared to, I was compared to Jericho for a while, I was compared to Ric Flair for a while. I do not wish to be compared. I want to be a pioneer.
You take things. When you're discovering and turning up, you see things that you like out of specific superstars and resemble, 'Oh, I'll use that, spray of that, spray of this' as a tribute. In a sense, you want to be an original. I do not believe he wants to be the next Miz, I believe he wants to be the first him.
" Honestly, he's doing a fantastic task at it," he continued. "25 years of ages When I was 25 years old, I was still in developmental and Deep South Wrestling and still discovering the trade. I wasn't putting on matches on national television and assembling unforgettable promos that people talk about. I wasn't doing that. Praise to him.".
MJF will have his long-awaited match with Punk on next week's episode of Dynamite in Chicago. On the other hand, Miz will team with Maryse to take on Edge and Beth Phoenix at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view this Saturday.