Mike Mizanin, better known as “The Miz” who wrestles for World Wrestling Entertainment fulfilled a dream on Monday when he got to visit the Cleveland Browns’ training facility.
Mizanin, in town for a pro-wrestling show at The Quicken Loans Arena, is a native of Cleveland and graduate of Normandy High School in nearby Parma. He grew up a Browns fan, and can remember signing about former quarterback Bernie Kosar on the school bus as a kid.
“I feel like it’s an honor because growing up, I remember being on a school bus going, ‘Ber-nie, Ber-nie…Su-per-Bowl,’” Mizanin said with a smile. “I remember doing that, so to be able to not only come back to my home with all my friends and family watching at The Q and performing in that arena, but also to have opportunities where I get to come to the Cleveland Browns’ headquarters, it’s a dream come true.
“Even though I got in at 4 a.m., I (woke) up in the morning to make sure I have enough time to check out the headquarters and see what it’s all about.”
In addition to touring the facility, Mizanin appeared on the team’s radio show, “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven By Liberty Ford,” and visited with players, including tight end
“If I get the opportunity to meet sports stars that I look at and enjoy what they do, then, it’s incredible,” Mizanin said. “We’ve had (boxing champion) Floyd “Money” Mayweather on our show many times, and he’s fantastic. It’s very cool to see how many in other sports love WWE, and vice versa. I’m a huge football, basketball and baseball fan, especially if you’re in Cleveland.”
Mizanin keeps a hectic schedule as part of WWE, but no matter where he is, the Browns fan always makes a point to check up on his favorite team.
“I’m on the road 250 days a year; it’s non-stop, all day, every day,” Mizanin said. “I have to be on my phone all the time, checking CBSSports, ESPN, ClevelandBrowns.com, checking the Bleacher Report on anything going on with the Cleveland Browns. I’m always checking up on everything that is the Cleveland Browns.”
Mizanin has spent a decade travelling the world and performing in front of passionate fans for WWE, but in the eyes of the Parma native, nobody is more caring than Browns fans.
Mizanin should know about the commitment Browns fans have for their team, seeing as how he and fellow WWE performer and Northeast Ohio native, Dolph Ziggler, carry the torch for Cleveland fans in a locker room full of supporters for other teams.
“We have the most passionate sports fans in the world, I believe,” Mizanin said. “The Cleveland sports fans are just passionate about their teams, and about the Cleveland Browns. I know I am. Even when I live in Los Angeles, or I’m in another city, I get in arguments with people all the time.
“There’s a lot of arguments in the locker room about who has the best team, and I always stick up for the Cleveland Browns, no matter what. Dolph Ziggler and I, we are the tag team of the Cleveland Browns.”