Former WWE Referee Mike Chioda has told the story of Vince McMahon getting “hammered” after a show and getting into a ring truck causing chaos.
Chioda told the tale to Gerald Brisco and JBL on the aptly titled ‘Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw’ podcast. The veteran referee said that the scenes unfolded after an event that took place in Richfield, Ohio. The wrestlers and crew were all drinking at a Holiday Inn bar when Vince McMahon approached Chioda to ask for the keys to the ring truck.
“I think we were in Richfield, Ohio. We used to do some Survivor Series on Thanksgiving. We used to do Richfield. We used to go out there on Tuesday, but I think it was a Wednesday night going into Thursday, and everybody was drinking at The Holiday Inn bar. Vince was getting hammered. Everybody was getting hammered.
Vince goes, ‘Hey Mike. Where’s the ring truck?’ and I’m like ‘It’s right outside in the parking lot, sir.’ It was snowing and there was a ton of snow from before. It was snowing that night. It was freezing because it was November at that time. Next thing you know, Vince is like, ‘Give me the godda*n keys to the truck Mike!’ I was like, ‘Uh! Um! Yeah sure boss. No problem.’”
Once he had handed over the keys, Chioda says he and former ring announcer Tony Chimel joined McMahon in the truck as he started performing doughnuts in the parking lot. Chioda said he really thought the truck would be casized.
“I gave him the keys and he goes, ‘Alright, come on, come with me.’ I look at Chimel (Tony Chimel). He was over at the table. I told Chimel, ‘Vince got the keys to the truck.’ He said, ‘Why the f*ck did you give him the keys to the truck?’ So me and Chimel come out there.
Now, we’re in the truck with Vince. He’s doing donuts with this 20-foot truck with a sleeper cab. He’s shifting gears and saying, ‘God da*n it. Can’t this go any faster?’ I swear he almost tipped the truck two or three times. It was a mess and I really thought he was going to capsize the truck.”
Mike Chioda was a referee for WWE for over three decades from 1989-2020 and was released from the company on April 15th, 2020. Since then, he has made several appearances for AEW and refereed the TNT Championship match between Cody Rhodes and Darby Allin at Full Gear 2020.
H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the above transcription.