As most fans know, WWE Champion The Miz began his television career as a cast member on MTV's Real World 10: Back to New York.
Among The Miz's fellow cast members that season was Malik Cooper, who now lives in the Bay area and has runs his own printing company, clothing line and production studio. You can check out one of his businesses here.
I reached out to Malik to ask him what he thought about his old room mate, who he knew best as Mike Mizanin, going on to winning pro wrestling's most prestigious title.
Here's what he said:
"I am so proud of Mike not just for wining the WWE belt, but for following his dream of being a wrestler in the first place. When I first met Mike I thought being a wrestler was a joke, but as I got to know him better I realized it was a life long goal of his. Mike was committed to this dream and worked so hard to get there, and I couldn't be more proud to be his friend."
I'm sure The Miz would find Malik's words quite "awesome" - except for the part where he called the WWE championship a "belt." That's a big no-no in WWE.