Why Is Mizdow Really Connecting With Fans?
Damien Sandow is arguably the most entertaining performer currently on the WWE roster. Ever since his return to the WWE in 2012 as the Intellectual Savior of the Masses, Sandow has consistently delivered. He has effectively taken advantage of every opportunity provided to him, regularly producing exceptionally entertaining segments for audiences worldwide on a weekly basis. Although the Intellectual Savior of the Masses and comedic impersonation gimmicks resulted in some truly memorable moments, he has found his most notable success to date as Damien Mizdow, the stunt double for The Miz.
In this capacity, Sandow has quickly been able to propel himself into one of the most popular personalities on WWE programming. His personality, improvisational skills, and comedic timing are second to none. Watching Sandow mimic The Miz while he’s cutting a promo or in the midst of a fight with another competitor never seems to get old.
For all those reasons and more, Damien Sandow has rightfully earned all the praise he’s received. However, whenever the fans begin praising Sandow and his talents, they almost always forget (or neglect) to acknowledge one of the most important factors in his success. This factor is so crucial that it should be absolutely impossible to miss. Yet somehow, it still happens on a regular basis. By now you must be asking yourself, what is this essential factor allowing Mizdow to connect with the fans? The factor is none other than the WWE’s favorite Hollywood A-lister, The Miz.
Since returning from shooting The Marine 4, The Miz has done an exceptional job of portraying himself as a egotistical narcissistic superstar. He’s conveyed this image so well, that he’s rapidly (and easily) become one of the most despised personalities in the entire WWE. A major part of Sandow’s success as Mizdow has to be attributed to The Miz’s ability to generate so much heat as this character. Many fans initially loved Sandow because they hated The Miz so much. Whether the mainstream audience realizes it or not, when they cheer for Mizdow, it’s actually The Miz’s reaction that serves as the payoff. His ability to act and react accordingly is not only why The Miz is one of the best heels in the company (second to only Seth Rollins in my opinion), it’s also why Damien Mizdow has become one of the biggest faces.
After enlisting the services of Sandow as his stunt double, the duo was quickly able to capture the WWE Tag Team Championships. This marked Sandow’s first and only championship reign in the WWE to date. What’s interesting about this title reign (and their matches as a team for that matter), is that The Miz basically wins all of their matches by himself. In most cases, Sandow doesn’t even do much to help, instead opting to standby copying whatever The Miz is doing.
For example, in one instance The Miz found himself locked in a submission hold on the verge of tapping, and instead of attempting to break the hold, Mizdow just fell to the floor acting as if he was in the same hold. Although these antics are entertaining, they do little to showcase Sandow’s actual wrestling ability. If anything, these contests demonstrate how underrated The Miz is and how important his role has been in Mizdow’s success.
Tensions continued to mount between the two, until the February 2nd, 2015, episode of Monday Night RAW, when The Miz fired Damien Mizdow as his stunt double. Fortunately for Mizdow, The Miz is big on philanthropy (it’s one of his hobbies) so he was kind enough to offer him a new position as his personal assistant.
I’m certain this new position will deliver where the Bella angle failed miserably. The Miz will obviously continue doing an incredible job of portraying himself as the egotistical Hollywood A-lister, while the role of personal assistant should allow Sandow more room to grow and distinguish himself as an individual performer. This will eventually lead to both parties completely splitting and having a feud of their own (hopefully in time for WrestleMania). Thanks to The Miz’s undeniable talent and role in this angle, Sandow should be able to ultimately capitalize on the success and connection he’s made with the fans as Damien Mizdow to propel himself to the top of the roster. However, at the end of the day none of that would have been possible without the WWE’s favorite Hollywood A-lister.