Former WWE referee Mike Chioda has discussed Randy Orton’s match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2016 where Orton was left a bloody mess due to Lesnar’s vicious elbow strikes.
Chioda was the man in the middle for SummerSlam’s main event in 2016. Brock Lesnar was in the middle of his six-year streak of headlining The Biggest Party Of The Summer with opponent Randy Orton finding himself on the wrong end of a nasty attack from Lesnar to end the match.
The match ended when Mike Chioda stopped the match as Lesnar reigned blow after blow onto Orton’s increasingly crimson head. SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon came down to stop Lesnar from continuing the attack but ate an F-5 for his trouble.
Now in conversation with James Romero of Wrestling Shoot Interviews, Mike Chioda says there could have been more to the incident than first met the eye.
“Brock gashed him open and I could tell there was something going on, but I didn’t know if it was really Brock towards Randy or if it was just Brock listening to what the office wanted him to do. Randy had a little bit of heat at that time. He gashed him open real bad over the forehead. You could tell he was going for it because he was just elbow to forehead. I was kind of shocked that they would do that because concussion protocol was still strong at that time.”
“There wasn’t a fallout between Brock and Randy but they just didn’t talk all day, so something was going on. I don’t know if it was really from the office or Brock telling them how he wanted it. I don’t think Randy really had too much heat with Brock. He kind of knew what was coming, I think.”
After the event, Randy Orton needed ten staples to close the wound in his head. The match also led to a backstage altercation between Lesnar and Chris Jericho when Jericho demanded to know if Lesnar had gone into business for himself or if the finish to the match went as planned.