The Miz reportedly suffered a knee injury at WrestleMania Backlash, one that could keep him from wrestling for quite some time. Reports indicated it was an ACL tear and, depending on the severity of it, could result in his missing up to nine months.
Naturally, he was back after just a couple weeks.
As it turns out, he took issue with the reporting on his injury. As he told Forbes, he was “annoyed” by the way it was characterized:
“Just look at all the news out there. They must be right (about my injury), right? They’re reporting on it, telling you exactly what’s going on. They must know! They must be geniuses! I was looking on Twitter, and then I was looking on the news sites that were talking about my injury, and I’m like ‘first off, how do they know?’ Because I’ve never said anything and they’re saying things wrong, like all wrong. And it’s annoying, I guess you can say, because I heard I was out nine months. I don’t expect to be out nine months. As a matter of fact, I was on Monday Night Raw last week and I plan on being on Monday Night Raw next week. Now, when will I have a real match? I don’t know. That’s for the doctors to decide and figure out. But I feel like a million bucks, and the way my headspace is, I don’t like to be gone for long.”
Miz is splitting hairs a bit here. Dave Meltzer was the one who reported on his ACL injury and this is how he worded it on Wrestling Observer Radio:
“He tore his ACL but we don’t know the severity of the tear. The last I heard is they hoped it was a partial tear, so that may not be that serious. If it’s a full tear, you know, that’s surgery and probably 7, 8, 9 months. And at 40... it’s not the best thing in the world. He’ll come back from, I’m sure he will, but that’s a lot of time off. Hopefully for the best, it’s partial and he can make a quicker recovery. But that injury’s legit.”
Meltzer makes clear that they don’t actually know how serious the injury is but the worst of it could mean being out up to nine months. “Out” here effectively meaning “unable to wrestle.” There are plenty of ways WWE can use The Miz outside of his working an actual match, of course, and we saw that when he showed up to Monday Night Raw to host “Miz TV.”
So, yes, Miz may not technically be gone for up to nine months but he’s obviously injured and won’t be wrestling anytime soon. It seems strange to get upset about how that was characterized but, hey, at least he’s optimistic about being back sooner rather than later.