What does it feel like to win the WWE Title? Five former WWE Champions share their stories

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April 26, 2013

The Miz

WWECLASSICS.COM: How well do you remember the night you became WWE Champion?

THE MIZ: Cemented in my mind for the rest of my life. Nov. 22, 2010. Cashed in against Randy Orton. I’ll never forget the faces on all the kids. I’ve never seen any reaction like that for a WWE Championship Match. It was, “I cannot believe that just happened.” That’s the best reaction you can possibly have.

WWECLASSICS.COM: What were you thinking while you were standing in the ring with the title in your hands?

THE MIZ: I had 50 different emotions. The first emotion was, “I can’t believe I just did it! Oh my God!” The second emotion is you realize you just won a title that you dreamed about when you were a little kid when you were imagining you were Ultimate Warrior and Shawn Michaels and you ran around and annoyed your mom. Then you start to get choked up. You’re like, “Oh my God, I’m about to cry.” Then you realize millions of people are watching at home and you overdo it so people don’t realize you’re choked up. You go through so many emotions. It’s like an out-of-body experience.

WWECLASSICS.COM: How did you celebrate that night?

THE MIZ: I went to Denny’s.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Seriously?

THE MIZ: That was the only thing open at the time we got out of that arena. So Maryse, my fiancée, and I went to Denny’s and I had a sweet and sour chicken skillet. It was a wonderful meal. The meal of champions.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Did you do anything dorky with your title that you’re willing to admit? Any embarrassing Christmas cards?

THE MIZ: Anything dorky? I didn’t put it in the refrigerator or anything.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Fair enough. Does winning the WWE Title make you part of a fraternity? Is there a secret handshake that only former WWE Champions know?

THE MIZ: No. WWE in general is one big fraternity and I’m still trying to get in it.

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