Former WWE official Mike Chioda has recalled Candice Michelle suffering an unfortunate injury in the ring but puts it down to her “partying” ways.
Veteran wrestling referee Mike Chioda has discussed the frightening injury suffered by Candice Michelle during a match with Beth Phoenix in which Chioda was the man in the middle.
Speaking on his Monday Mailbag available at AdFreeShows.com, Mike Chioda explained how the match struggled to a conclusion despite Michelle clearly being knocked out in the ring:
“I remember Beth was on her game. She was ready to have a great match. I believe it was a PPV. Candice had been partying all week. She was partying heavily. She wasn’t a very experienced wrestler at the time as well.”
“I remember [Michelle] got hurt. She almost got knocked woozy. She did get her bell rung. I remember something happened out of the corner and they were screaming at me. I remember the finish went down, something went down, and I told Beth to pull her out from underneath the bottom rope to cover her. I was so prone to finish matches even when someone was hurt.”
“Wrestlers wouldn’t even let you stop it if they were juicing and bleeding all over the place, cut really badly, broken arm, or whatever. It was basically when a wrestler got hurt, it was just get through the match, pin the guy, and get to the back. These days are a little bit different.”
Chioda then recalled Vince McMahon’s reaction to events apparently the WWE Chairman was none too happy, to say the least:
“I remember Vince came back. [Candice] was kind of out of it, and it wasn’t Beth’s fault. Beth Phoenix was on her game. It was just that I think Candice was winded or hungover or something. I shouldn’t have told her to pull her out and cover her to finish the match, but I didn’t stop it. When I came back, Vince let me have it. He gave me an ass ripping. He ripped into me. He was hot.”
“I remember him saying, ‘What the f*ck were you thinking?’ I said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m so prone to getting these f*cking matches done and get them over with.’ In my career, I’ve never stopped a match on an injury. Never. I think it was 20 years I was in the business at that point. I said, ‘We’re not prone to stop matches.’ We started working on that.”
“After that happened, I remember we started working on that when people are knocked out to just stop the match. It was my fault. I should have stopped it. The match wasn’t going so well at all. Beth Phoenix was always on her game. I just couldn’t wait for the match to be over with. Then Candice got hurt at the end and it made it even worse.”