The Miz is a WWE superstar and notable fake bad guy, but apparently, his schtick carries over to sports analysis as well.
Katie Nolan, ESPN’s most recent star hire, wasn’t having any of The Miz’s “heel” tactics though because she responded to The Miz calling her “sweetheart” to lead off the show with a tweet that was both spot on and topical.
Nolan’s tweet may not make sense at first glance, but that’s because it plays off a tweet from Phoenix Suns’ star Eric Bledsoe, who apparently no longer wants to be a part of that organization. That’s speculation based on a cryptic tweet, but Nolan’s tweet seemed to be in the same vein.
Of course, Nolan’s “call up” to ESPN is well-deserved and a long time coming, so her Tweet was undoubtedly more wit and topical sarcasm than a declaration that she actually doesn’t want to be at ESPN, but it was noteworthy none the less — especially in her “SportsNation” debut.
Also of note is the fact that Nolan and The Miz got into somewhat of a verbal spat heading into a commercial. Here’s an excerpt from For The Win:
Beadle: Katie. (Signals to her nose) Are you going to be back tomorrow?
Nolan: I’m gonna think. Is he coming?
Beadle: No, he’s not.
Nolan: OK, cool. Then I will gladly be there.
The Miz: Would you like me to be here tomorrow?
Nolan: No. I could think of nothing I would want less than for you to be here tomorrow.
Beadle: If you could clear your schedule.
The Miz: Katie, what happened to you?
Nolan: I don’t know …
The Miz: At the beginning, you were so nice.
Nolan: And then I opened my mouth, and I should have just smiled.
The Miz: I feel sorry for myself.
Beadle: You guys just go to commercial. We’ll let this play out.
Nolan and The Miz likely didn’t make friends during that commercial break. Heel or not, his “sweetheart” comment didn’t seem to go over well.