Real World’s Mike “The Miz” Mizanin wins WWE championship

On WWE Raw Monday night, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin won the WWE’s championship, nearly 10 years after first gaining fame on MTV’s The Real World: Back to New York.

MTV News notes that when he appeared on the reality series in 2001, “Mizanin had been cultivating that personality because he had aspirations in the world of professional wrestling, and he scored his greatest achievement in that business on Monday night’s (November 22) episode of the WWE’s flagship show ‘Raw’ where he won the WWE Championship from Randy Orton.”

Here’s how the WWE describes his (of course scripted) win, not that this makes any sense at all: “After The Nexus attacked Randy Orton and he endured a match against Wade Barrett, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on the vulnerable Viper to claim the WWE Championship.” There’s also a more detailed summary.

Mike retired from the Challenge shows in 2005 but went on to do shows like Celebrity Fear Factor, which he won. Earlier, he appeared on MTV’s WWE training series Tough Enough.

And now, The Miz is a champion who has his own action figure.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.