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Eagle-eyed viewers of Netflix’s recent three-part documentary series “Trainwreck: Woodstock ‘99” raised their eyebrows during the first few moments of Episode 1 when the camera passes over the crowd and a young, shirtless man who looks an awful lot like the Miz shouts “Woodstock ‘99 baby, yeah!” directly into the camera.
The documentary series is the latest to explore the disastrous music festival that took place in 1999, three years before Mike Mizanin made his TV debut on “The Real World: Back to New York” where he first developed The Miz persona.
From July 23 to July 25 of that year, Newsweek reports some 400,000 people descended on the former Griffiss Air Force base in Rome, New York, for a music festival that included popular artists at the time such as Metallica, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kid Rock.
In 2017, The Miz previously confirmed he was indeed at the festival when he shared a post on Instagram of his current workout music, “Just Like This” by Limp Bizkit.
“Saw @limpbizkit live at Woodstock 1999 and they rocked the place,” the WWE Superstar wrote at the time. “Till this day it was the best festival I've ever been to. I know there was a lot of bad press and certain things that I heard happened there were inexcusable but the experience I had was a celebration for the love of music with friends. I saw incredible live concerts from my favorite bands @offspring @korn_official @limpbizkit @kidrock @therealicp @bushofficialinstagram I wish everyone could've had the same experience and I hope someday we can have a celebration without all the BS.”
The “bad press” the Miz is talking about is the notoriously negative atmosphere that emerged at the festival. What ensued was a chaotic weekend that saw the crowd descend into violence and organizers become completely overwhelmed due to a lack of preparedness to handle the survival needs of the influx of people who came to the show. Some accuse Limp Bizkit frontman, Fred Durst, specifically of inciting the crowd to cause destruction. Meanwhile, many women experienced incidents of sexual assault as the crowd grew increasingly rowdy, per "The Independent."
Although The Miz confirmed he was at the festival, it’s unclear if the man in the brief shot in the Netflix documentary is him or just another festival goer who looks (and sounds) just like him.