Beth Phoenix hails The Miz, Royal Rumble’s opponent, as one the hardest-working WWE stars

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The Miz is one of WWE’s most consistent and hard-working performers ever – says the colleague who’ll stand across the ring from him at Royal Rumble.

Beth Phoenix, a WWE Hall of Famer herself, teams up to face Edge and Maryse at the showpiece on January 29th.

This bout is remarkable considering that Miz was not that long ago the only in-ring performer among the foursome.

Since his 2006 debut, he has worked almost every week for WWE, with injuries very rare and most absences due to film commitments.



WWE veteran The Miz is one of the most decorated stars in the company's history
WWE legend The Miz is one the most famous stars of the company’s past

Given he’s cast in the role of an on-screen villain in the company, love from WWE fans has been rare for the 41-year-old.

He found it difficult to find respect in his early years.

Now, he’s one of their most established and accomplished stars – something Phoenix knows only too well.

Speaking to Silver Screen Beat Online, the New Yorker – who ditched the commentary table for an active return to the ring at New Year – had plenty of good things to say about the man she’ll be facing come Rumble time.



A multi-time former champion, Beth Phoenix returns to the ring at Royal Rumble after a stint in commentary
After a stint as a commentator, Beth Phoenix, formerly crowned champion, returns to the Royal Rumble ring.

She explained: “I’ve known Mike [Miz]Since his first day of stepping into the ring, and Maryse too.

“The wrestling business – especially a couple of decades ago – we were a very close, tight-knit group and paying your dues was important.

“Here you had someone coming in with fame and in the beginning, people were hesitant: ‘are you just seeking more fame, how much do you love this?’

“Unfortunately, that put Mike on a path to be swimming upstream because, really, nothing could be further from the truth. He is someone I admire so much.

“To have the thick skin to spend all these years not getting the approval that you deserve and portrayed as a heel all these years – that is tough.

“It’s not easy to go out there and have people screaming at you that you suck every single day.



Beth Phoenix (right) with husband, Edge, clash with The Miz and Maryse at Royal Rumble
Beth Phoenix (right) and Edge clash at Royal Rumble with The Miz, Maryse, and Edge

“But Mike knows that that’s his role, and what he’s great at is that he provokes emotion in people and that is a talent that not many people have.”

Miz is a two-time former WWE Champion who has won and done pretty much all there is to win and do in Vince McMahon’s empire.

Phoenix herself, a former champion and one the most highly-respected performers her generation, added his name to it: “I have admiration for his longevity and for how hard he’s worked – he is one of the hardest working, consistent and durable performers we’ve ever had in WWE.

“We don’t talk about it much, but he’s also one of the most decorated performers we’ve ever had in WWE.

“As a heel, he doesn’t need the pat on the back to know he’s awesome, no pun intended. Mike is confident in himself and that is really special amongst performers.

“It’s really admirable.”

Phoenix and Edge’s match against Miz and Maryse is just one of a host of attractions at WWE Royal Rumble. You can watch it live on the UK’s WWE Network or BT Sport Box Office.