“There’s no strategy to this game,” says Mike “The Miz” Mizanin about Human Darts, one of the signature obstacles on USA Network’s Cannonball. “The way these contestants contort their bodies to try and hit that bullseye is absolutely entertaining, it’s applaudable and you’re going to love it.”
Calling the action as contestants splash and crash for a chance at $10,000 is a tough job to do alone, so joining Mizanin in the booth is Rocsi Diaz, veteran of such shows as 106 & Park and Entertainment Tonight. “I feel like Rocsi is Monte and I’m Harry Doyle,” Mizanin joked, referencing the well-known announcing duo from the Major League movies.
Even with that much firepower behind the mic, Mizanin wants everyone to know who we should really be watching. “The stars of this show are our contestants, because our contestants are the everyman and woman,” he said, adding “just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to be successful at Cannonball.”
So what type of contestant will be successful?
“I’ve seen videographers, artists and baristas succeed at Cannonball, so you never know, but you’re definitely going to be rooting for the contestants, because they are a cast of characters.”
Speaking of characters, what is the star of Miz and Mrs. missing the most during this period of nationwide self-isolation? “I miss the fans; that’s what I miss most about the WWE right now,” he said. Beginning with Wrestlemania 36 in March, the WWE made the difficult decision to hold all of its live events without fans.
“Me and (fellow WWE Superstar John) Morrison were just talking about it over the phone the other day,” he continued. “It’s so different because we don’t know where we’re at anymore. We don’t know if people still hate us. They might actually like us!”
Not that different is necessarily bad. Because of the pandemic, Mizanin has had more free time to spend with wife Maryse and their two daughters. “I’ve been teaching my two-year-old how to swim, which I didn’t realize was going to be so hard. Just imagine me out there going ‘ice cream scoops; ice cream scoops!’,” he quipped about his teaching technique. “And now my eight-month-old is learning to walk, so it’s been a blast, man.”
With so much going on, how does a guy like The Miz unwind?
“I live on a golf course, so I’ve been trying to get out almost every day,” he said. “I’ve been hitting some dingers lately,” he continued. “I can hit the ball about 300 yards, the only problem is it’s not always down the fairway. My short game was atrocious, but ever since the pandemic, I’ve just been able to go out in my front yard and work on my chipping.”
Ever the optimist, the Parma, Ohio native always has one thing to look forward to: the NFL season.
“[The Cleveland] Browns are going to the Super Bowl,” he said. “[Quarterback Baker Mayfield] had a sophomore slump last year. This is his third year, they’ve fixed the holes that they had, which was the offensive line. Now, Baker’s going to have enough time to throw, and he has all the playmakers he could possibly dream of. What more could you ask for?”
If Mizanin is right about his Super Bowl pick, it won’t be the first time he’s made a splash in 2020.
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Cannonball airs Thursday nights at 8pm ET on USA Network