Former WWE referee has recalled the scary moment when John Cena choked out Umaga for real in the middle of the ring.
Speaking on his Monday Mailbag with Mike Chioda on AdFreeShows.com, the veteran official recalled a combination of the ring rope and an exuberant John Cena legitimately choked out The Samoan Bulldozer at the Royal Rumble in 2007:
“Umaga couldn’t answer anything. He was out like a light. That’s why I got so worried about Eckie [Umaga]. I was thinking, was he concussed? But no, the rope got him and choked him out, and he passed out. I didn’t even know Eckie was passed out. He was shoot passed out. He was totally out of it.”
“He finally woke up. I was like, ‘Are you alright? That was nuts.’ It was the ring rope that choked him out. John was pulling too hard. He was tugging too hard. I felt bad because as a referee, you have to know what’s going on in there. I was like, ‘Eckie, I just thought you were selling so good.’ He said, ‘I was trying to tell you but I couldn’t get it out.’ He couldn’t talk but he was trying to tell me it was too tight, and I couldn’t even hear him.”
At the Royal Rumble in 2007, Cena defeated Umaga in a Last Man Standing match to retain his WWE Championship.